The things you have seen in your life time

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its amazing isn't it. if you just sit n think about all the significant events you have witnessed or seen in your life. its quite impressive.


in my life time there have been

2 shuttle disasters
WTC attacks
London underground attacks
Concorde
a War - thats still going
Micheal Schumacher
Sound barrier broken in land speed record
Ayrton Senna's death..along with roland ratzenberger in the same race weekend
the Tsunami


thats all i can think of right now.....but theres sooo much more

anyone else wanna chime in with significant or one off events that have happened in their life times?
 

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My list would be:

9/11
Princess Di's death
Ayrton Senna's death

Without doubt those other events are very significant - but those three events are the ones for which I think I'll always vividly remember where I was when I heard about them (or in Senna's case, witnessed) - much like those alive when JFK was killed.
 
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My list would be:

9/11
Princess Di's death
Ayrton Senna's death

Without doubt those other events are very significant - but those three events are the ones for which I think I'll always vividly remember where I was when I heard about them (or in Senna's case, witnessed) - much like those alive when JFK was killed.


don't forget that shithead in tasmania that shot up the place in 95, most Australian would remember about that.
 

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^ I remember certainly, but I dont recall where I was when I found out about it - that's why I listed those three things.
 

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let me add some stuff:

reunion of Germany
football WM in front of my door aka biggest party i?ve seen
Iraq war 1&2
War in Afghanistan
War in Bosnia
breakdown of udssr
first female chancelor in germany
the iss & mir
pictures from the mars robots
the rise of computers & mobile phones
first cloned sheep
tschernobyl (i was quite young though ;))

but there really is much more....
 
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There's stuff that's happened, and stuff I remember. What I remember:

Fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War
Desert Storm/Desert Shield
Kosovo
All that crap over in Somolia, etc.
9/11, Afghanastan, OIF
The introduction and the retirement of the first operational stealth aircraft (F-117A)
The B-2 Spirit
The F-22 Raptor
The JSF
The JSTARS
Columbia
the evolution of the cell phone (remember when they caused brain tumors?)
the evolution of video games
America Online v1.0
the evolution of the world wide web into teh intarwebs
Japanese muscle of the 1990's (3000GT, Supra, 300ZX, Prelude, etc.)
Cloning
Gay Marriage
Mars
Losing a planet (you're still a planet in my heart, Pluto)
A couple of comets
MIR, and the ISS
Cyberpunk
The evolution of Hip hop from it's post disco days into what we now know as Rap and most of Pop music today
The U.K. returning Hong Kong to China
An avid Austrailian animal lover's rise to fame and early demise
The decline of the American automobile manufactures, and their clawing attempts to get back on top
Airbags
Airbus A380
Gulfstreem and Cesna's competing for the fastest private jet, only to be called a "Leerjet" by the unknowning.

yeah, maybe I should stop here. There is a lot more when you think about it, and a lot of what people have already said stand out for me (Princess Di wasn't that big for me), and I really want to avoid things that I know now, happened during my childhood, that I didn't know back then. That's why a lot of things are recent. I really didn't care that much when I was 4 years old that we were getting a new president, and that he was the VP. Though I did know his name was Bush, so mark that as having lived through the terms of 2 men named Bush.
 

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I'm about to turn 20, so I was already here when most of what was said above happened. But there are a few things I got impressed with

Sports:
-Ayrton Senna's death (it was the first thing that really shocked me. I wanted to cry very hard, because he was an awesome driver and an absolutely special person too. I'd even say he is/was sort of a hero around here.)
-M. Schumacher
-Brazil's 4th and 5th World Soccer Cup titles;
-Valentino Rossi;
-Nigel Mansell vs. Emerson Fittipaldi in the Indy Series.
-Audi Le Mans winnings.

General:
-Gulf War II and the rise of terrorism
-The 1997 asian market crisis, followed by Argentina's bankrupcy;
-Lula's election (if anyone knows about brazilian politics, will understand this)
-Columbia crash;
-The Kursk (I remember the news saying the divers had heard people alive in it... )
-The development of internet and home computing;

And...
-Japanese cars of the 90's, as said;
-The quest for speed (Jag XJ220, McLaren F1, Koenisegg, Veyron)
-The Thrust SSC
-The retirement of the Concorde
-The comics' movies invasion

It goes on and on...
 

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Roy Batty said:
I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.

Sorry couldn't resist it and one for all the Blade Runner fans out there.

Yes I often think about how boring my lifetime has been...until you stop and think about all the things that have happened in my lifetime...and I'm only 22.
 

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A lot of what's already been mentioned plus

Elvis dying (i was 6 or 7 at the time)
Attempted assasination of President Reagan
transition from leaded gasoline to unleaded
cigarettes breaking the $1.00US/pack mark (1st pack I bought was 80-85 cents)
the original Macintosh computer
AIDS becoming something us heteros had to worry about
etc.
etc.
 

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- The fall of the Berlin Wall
- The fall of the Soviet Union
- Two wars
- 9-11
- Hale-Bob Comet over the Grand Canyon
- The result of cult suicide pacts
- The US debt paid off, a budget surplus, and now more debt than ever.
- Civil war in the Balkans (like that is something new)
- The "war on drugs" declared and Nancy Regan's "Just Say No" campaign
- Gay marriage legalized in several states
- The polarization of my country to the extreme left and extreme right
- The very freedoms that made this country over two centuries torn down in just a few years.

But now I have to go, things to do.
 

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Two that I didn't see listed:
-First privately funded spacecraft
-The start of space tourism
 

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1. Reunification of my country and downfall of the Soviet Union, making the world a much better place
2. Terrorism and the oversensitive reactions to it, making the world a much worse place (remember 10 years ago?, nobody hated muslims and all people liked americans)
3. My country regaining a national consciousness, first German military actions after World War 2 and economic crisis
4. Europe growing together, slowly, including open borders, the Euro and a slowly rising feeling of "we"
5. Computers and high-tech infiltrating everyday life
 

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OK my list:

1. Cuban Missile Crises
2. Assination of JFK
3. Assination of Robert Kennedy/Dr. King
4. Soviet Invasion of Checkoslovakia
5. First Man on the Moon
6. Complete End of the British Empire
7. 66 World Cup
8. Falklands conflict
9. UK joins the EEC and it morphs into the EU
10.Aids Epidemic
11.Contraceptive Pill
12.Mass economic emmigration/immigration
13.Mass air transport
14.Rise of the Tiger economies
15.Rise of LDCs (India, Brazil and China)
16.The Troubles
17.Welsh and Scottish assemblies
18.Changes to the English education system by successive governments
19.Colour Television
20.Computerisation/Mainframes/Minies/Micros and rise of Networking
21.Flip of the economies from product shortage to extensive choice for all in developed countries
22.Medical advances increasing life expectancy
23.Pensions Crisis
24.Central Heating/Double Glazing/Effective Insulation
25.Global Warming
26.Womans emancipation
27.End of UK Manufacturing base
28.War on terror
 

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1. Reunification of my country and downfall of the Soviet Union, making the world a much better place
2. Terrorism and the oversensitive reactions to it, making the world a much worse place (remember 10 years ago?, nobody hated muslims and all people liked americans)
3. My country regaining a national consciousness, first German military actions after World War 2 and economic crisis
4. Europe growing together, slowly, including open borders, the Euro and a slowly rising feeling of "we"
5. Computers and high-tech infiltrating everyday life
10 years ago people surely hated the Americans. Just not in the Western World.
 

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I thought this would be sth like what you saw with ur own eyes in real life, cuz that'd be much more interesting, because I think most of us live in the same generation.
 

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In my lifetime a lot of things have happened which I "lived" but I didn't see (because I was too little at the time). Some of these are:

1. The death of dictator Francisco Franco and the transition of my country from a dictatorship to a democracy (1975-1978)
2. The end of the Vietnam War (1975)
3. Spain withdraws from the colony of the Western Sahara and Moroccan forces occupy it (1975-1976)
4. Graham Hill dies in a plane crash (1975)
5. The VW Golf is launched (1975)
6. The Cray-1, the world's first commercial supercomputer, is released (1976)
7. The death of Elvis (1977)
8. The assassination of John Lennon (1980)

But I have seen many other things:

1. The final throes of the Cold War (1980-1989)
2. Falklands/Malvinas war (1982)
3. FIFA World Cup held in Spain, and specially the vibrant Brazil-Italy in the semi-finals (1982)
4. Spain scores 12 goals in the final match against Malta and qualifies for the 1984 UEFA European Football Championship (1983)
5. The 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles
6. Attempted assassinations of Ronald Reagan (1981) and Pope J. Paul II ()
7. The Challenger disaster (1986)
8. AIDS becomes a world epidemic
9. The "invention" of the Nuclear Winter concept
10. The Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988)
11. Diverse terrorist attacks by terrorist group ETA in Spain (1975-present day)
12. The highs and lows in the Palestine-Israeli conflict
13. The birth of the Airbus and the demise of the Concorde
14. The most intense decade in popular music since the 60s (the 80s)
15. The most boring decade in popular mucic ever (the 90s)
16. The rise of computers as a tool to create new and wonderful experiences in films ("Terminator 2", "Jurassic Park", "Lord of the Rings", "Toy Story",...)
17. Two Iraq wars (1991, 2003-2006)
18. The death of Princess Diana
19. The 9-11 attacks and the subsequent "War on Terror"
20. The 3-11 Madrid train bombings
21. The "Black Monday" (19 October 1987), the second one-day decline in recorded stock market history. Literally "the day the world stood still" for fear a second 1929 crash brought the civilized world to an end
22. "Cosmos" TV series, the one that got me interested in science
23. The advent of the Internet (1993-on)
24. The year 1992: Spain is the center of the world. The World Expo is held in Sevilla, the Olympic Games are held in Barcelona and it's the commemoration of the Discovery of America. In motorsport, Carlos Sainz wins his second Rally Championship
25. The death of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger at the 1994 Imola Grand Prix

So far it's been an interesting life :lol:
 
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