Moments we'll never forget.
You know the saying, “In the right place at the right time?” Well, have you ever literally been in the right place at the right time? Whether you’re about to meet the love of your life or luckily finding a twenty dollar bill, those chance happenings are very rare occasions. There are some people who are that lucky. In fact, there are some people who are lucky enough to witness history in the making.
I’m one of them. Being from and living in New Orleans, I witnessed Hurricane Katrina. I mean, my family and I were fortunate enough to leave the city hours before the levees broke, but everything we loved was ruined. Haakjerring on Reddit posed the question, “When have you immediately understood that you’re witnessing a historical moment?” Soon, users took to their computers to detail sad and happy moments in history.
Crash of the Concorde
Saw the crash of the Concorde at Charles de Gaulle. I had just flown into Paris and was heading down the road in a taxi next to the runway. I’d never seen the Concorde take off and for a split second thought the flames were somehow normal… then the plane fell like a brick.
I remember the driver at the time saying something like “Le Concorde, c’est fini.” (fulthrottlejazzhands)
The Fall of the Wall
For me it was watching the Berlin Wall fall. The joy of east and west Germans helping each other over the wall and hugging was amazing to watch. The events leading up to it were equally historical from Reagan’s speech to Gorbachev to “Tear down this Wall!” to David Hasselhoff claiming credit for the wall coming down with his Berlin concert. (Granadafan)
The NASA Disaster
As a kid, I remember the teachers wheeling in that old, dusty A/V cart, with the one squeeky wheel. We turned off the lights and proceeded to get excited about the NASA Challenger launch. What a time!
Kids LOVED the space shuttle. This was a time when we lived in relative low-tech as kids, so watching this was huge. It also meant not doing lessons, and watching TV.
Well up the shuttle goes… we all started cheering. But quickly something was wrong. The teachers weren’t concerned yet, but the moment the challenger rolled and exploded, one of them came running over and turned the TV off, and put her hands to her face, and started crying. Other teachers started running down the hall, in and out of classrooms.
They shut off all the TVs, and turned off the intercom which had the audio. Lights came back on.
It was that moment when I knew something was so very wrong. So many crying adults. So many kids didn’t know what happened. Kids started crying.
Quite the moment. I wouldn’t feel another moment like this until the day I was standing in a parking lot, doing asphalt maintenance and seeing hundreds of emergency vehicles rushing down I-95 on 9/11… (kalitarios)