Another One of Those Days

This is a re-post of Rick336’s thread on Soulforce. I loved it so much, I was envious, so I asked to re-post it here. Rick, being the ever so kind person he is, granted me that permission. It amazes me that Rick has summed up amost exactly the same recollections of history that I remember. Thanks Rick – you make me look good.

I’ll never forget that day in May 1961 when my 4th grade class gathered around a black and white TV to watch Alan Shepard become the first man to be launched into outer space. [I had just arrived in Australia and it was the first TV report I saw – Andy]

I remember the day in September 1962 when the United States and the Soviet Union were on the brink of nuclear war over Russian missiles in Cuba.

I remember that day in November 1963 when my teacher told our class that President John F. Kennedy had been assassination in Dallas.  [My mother, a U.S. citizen, cried almost non-stop, but also taught me about greatness this day – A.]

And then there was that day in April 1968 when news broke that Martin Luther King has been shot in the head in Memphis.

I remember in July 1969 when I watched Neil Armstrong be the first human to step on the surface of the moon and say, “That’s one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind.”

[I was relieved – ashamedly so – when the Vietnam era draft ended on Jan 27, 1973 – my number was up, but I received an reprieve – A.]

I’ll never forget the day in June 1977 when me and my roommate went to see a new movie that everybody was talking about called “Star Wars.”

I remember in November 1978 when a story broke on the CBS evening news that Mayor Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk has been shot and killed in San Francisco.

Then there was that day in March 1981 when Ronald Reagan was shot by a kid named John Hinkley.

I remember the day in January 1986 when the Challenger space shuttle exploded over Florida killing everybody on board.

Then there was that day in April 1995 when I heard news that a terrorist had bombed the Federal building in Oklahoma City.

I remember the last day in December 1999 when the whole world counted down to midnight and started a whole new millennium [anticipating the end of culture as we knew it – A. ]

Then there was that day in September 2001 when the radio news said that a passenger plane had crashed into the World Trade Center.

And just three and a half years ago there was that day in August 2005 when Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans.

And now there’s todayJanuary 20, 2009 when Barack Obama is sworn in as the first African American president of the United states.

It’s just another one of those days that people will be talking about for many generations to come.


Amen Rick – let us pray that people realize that this is one of those GREAT days in history.

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