...of a Historical Event
I saw a question posed somewhere online, asking what's the earliest memory you have of a historical event?
I have some hazy memories of the apartment we lived in at Drexelbrook (and moved out of in the fall of '67 when I was 3), but that doesn't count. Thinking about historical events, I came up with two contenders.
I have a crystal clear memory of the Apollo 11 moon landing. That was the most exciting thing in the world to a 5-year-old boy in July 1969. I remember the rocket launch and the moon landing on July 20. We watched the lunar landing on TV at the river, and I was completely entranced. The next thing was Neil Armstrong walking on the moon - but that was many hours after the landing (which I think happened in the early evening), and I simply could not will myself to stay awake. I was so disappointed that I missed it.
But I have another clear memory, and Google tells me it was months before Apollo 11, on March 30, 1969. We had come home from somewhere, and my parents turned on the TV. Horses were pulling a cart, and on the cart was a box wrapped in an American flag. My mom explained that it was Eisenhower's funeral (commander of the Allied armies in WWII, and President of the U.S. 1952-60.) I watched for a few minutes, then lost interest and wandered away.
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