The Internet at the Speed of Thought

People Share the Moments They Realized They Were Witnessing History

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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.

Firefighters take a break at the site of the terrorist attack at the Pentagon 11 September 2001

Credit: STEPHEN JAFFE/AFP/Getty Images

From 9/11 to Obama's speech, Redditors congregated in a forum to reveal their most memorable moments of witnessing history.