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ursus arctos
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You are all making me feel ancient.

Coffy, were you in Calfornia for the Tate-LaBianco murders? I don't recall them being a big story back east, but my California friends all remember them pretty vividly.

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No, we lived near Philadelphia then. That wasn't big news in the NY metro area, not even the murder of a movie star? I can't say how much coverage it got in the newspapers or TV, though; those are the only things I remember about it.
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The first I have a clear memory of is the Soviet closure of East Berlin which led to the building of the wall.
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Aberfan was one of those stories that I remember vividly. Reading about it in the papers and watching it on telly. I think pretty much all the victims were the same age as me.
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For me, the first "special report" (what they're usually called on American TV) I remember was the Challenger disaster. I know a lot of people watched this live, but that's the first major news event I can remember.

The most surreal has to be the OJ white Bronco chase, especially because I could look out my parents' front window and see all of the helicopters flying over the 91 Freeway.

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I remember being round my mate's house watching True Lies in 1995 when the film was interrupted to bring us the news that Yitzhak Rabin has been shot dead.

I always get excited when stuff gets interrupted for "breaking news". Nothing wrong with that but it feels slightly weird.

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Iranian Embassy siege was the first... wait, was that before or after the Pope being shot?

I remember thinking that was such a big deal that I ran into the garden and shouted to my mum, "Mum! The Pope's been shot!" No idea why. We weren't Catholic, and he wasn't dead.

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Not the first I remember, but Sky One (I think) showed old Simpsons episodes all day when Diana got all smashed in. It was fucking great, I watched for about three hours, getting really stoned in bed.

When 9/11 happened, I was round giving the drummer in my band a lift to buy a new bass drum shell. He was bouncing around really giddy, taping all the news. His daughter came in from school saying "they reckon it was the Japanese - in revenge for Pearl Harbour!!". Their father (an utter cunt) was sat in the corner of the living room, his face all screwed up like he'd already gone off to war.


I can't remember a specific earliest NEWS memory, though I do remember wondering what the fuck a "Warsaw Pact" was supposed to be.

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A lot of otfers remember where they were on the 11th of September, 2001. On otf. Worrying about FF, mainly...
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ursus arctos
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Amor comes through for me. Eternally grateful, as always.

And no, Coffy, I really don't remember Tate/Lo Bianco being a big story in NY.

This entire dynamic has changed dramatically with the advent of 24 hour cable news stations, which give Britney Spears' latest escapade the kind of coverage formerly reserved for a moon landing.

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quote:
I seem to remember an episode of The Tripods being interrupted with the news that Prince Harry had been born.
You see - in an ideal world that would have been reversed ...or, better still, a real alien invasion.

<Come, alien overlords. We are ready. I await you.>

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I think, for me, it was when Harold Wilson resigned.
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I was impressed by the way they managed to shoehorn Wilson's resignation into that evening's edition of The Archers...
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These shocks were nothing compared to the BBC leaving Lord's with Graham Gooch 299 not out v India to bring us a routine news and weather update. It wasn't as if it was hard to guess the weather that summer.
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I think there's too much use of the phrase "Breaking News" on Sky and the BBC. They'll use it for anything rather than really important stuff.

The SAS going into the Iranian Embassy for me I reckon.

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