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How many of these events can you remember?

Posted on 11 April 2016

I can still remember it as clear as day...

There are some events that stick in our mind no matter how long ago they were. We never forget hearing news that stops us in our tracks, or events so big we remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when they happened.

For those of us with a good few years under our belt, we've lived through many moments that have changed the world forever. Some happy, some sad, some shocking and some that were a great excuse for a knees-up with the neighbours.

Which of these 8 historical events of the 20th century strike a chord with you?

1. Britain declares war - 11.15am 3 September 1939

A few of us may be old enough to remember Neville Chamberlain’s voice on the wireless giving the news everyone was dreading. Kids didn't really understand what was going on but the look on their parents’ faces told them it certainly wasn't good.

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Source: www.telegraph.co.uk © Getty Images

 

2. The end of World War II – May 8 1945

The day many feared would never come. A national holiday was declared and the whole nation danced, sang and hugged anyone they could get their hands on to celebrate Victory in Europe. Had to wait a few more years for the end of sweet rationing though!

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Source: www.dailymail.co.uk

 

3. The Queen’s Coronation – 2 June 1953

Anyone with a television set (probably bought for the specially for the occasion) packed friends and neighbours into their homes to watch this incredible pageant live. Every street threw a party replete with homemade crowns, spam sandwiches and a hearty singsong.

Children-in-fancy-dress-sitting-at-a-table-during-a-Coronation-street-party

Source: www.tate.org.uk © Nigel Henderson estate

 

4. The assassination of JFK – November 22 1963

This tragic event rocked the world. Everyone old enough will remember exactly where they were when JFK was shot. Stunned into silence at the news, women sobbed and men shook their heads in disbelief. There was a sense the world would never be the same again.

JFK-and-entourage-in-open-top-car-smiling-at-the-crowd

Source: www.cnn.com © Getty Images

 

5. The World Cup Final – July 30 1966

'They think it's all over…” The nation watched in awe as Geoff Hurst scored a hat trick and England won 4-2 at a packed Wembley. An enormous roar went up as the Queen presented Bobby Moore with the Jules Rimet trophy. Of course the question is, will England ever win it again?

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Source: www.mirror.co.uk

 

6. The moon landings – 20 July 1969

In the very same year there was an even bigger live spectacle on TV. People across the globe were hooked on the action, too scared to leave the room for a second in case they missed Neil Armstrong become the first man to set foot on the moon, with those now famous words "that’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

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Source: www.bbc.co.uk

 

7. The death of Elvis – August 16 1977

With his good looks and shaking hips, Elvis Presley was probably the most famous man in the world, adored by generations of fans old and young. When 'The King' died aged just 42 it was news that some simply couldn’t accept. Rumours that he’s still alive abound to this day.

A-smiling-Elvis-Presley-holding-a-guitar

Source: www.dailymail.co.uk

 

8. The shooting of John Lennon – 8 December 1980

The shocking news that John Lennon had been gunned down outside his Manhattan apartment was front page news across the world. In that moment we knew the dream of the Beatles getting back together was gone forever. It seemed like the end of an era.

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Source: www.biography.com

 

How many of these historic moments have you lived through and how many hold special memories for you? Are there any other historic moments that made a big impression on your younger self? We’d love to hear your recollections.

If you enjoyed this look back at the last century, you might also like to cast a misty eye over some memories of school years and the gadgets that changed the world forever.

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