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What is the first major news story that you can remember

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HurdyGurdy Fri 24-Nov-17 16:42:42

This is something that was asked on another forum I am a member of, and it was interesting to see the different responses. Also shows that most of the forum members are a lot younger than me, because a lot of their answers were Hillsborough, Holly and Jessica, Princess of Wales dying, Jamie Bulger and Dunblane.

For me, it was Aberfan, and for my husband it was Torre Canyon.

Also interesting that no one really posted about any happy, or positive stories. Almost everyone's memories of first major news stories were sad ones.

So - what is your first memory of a major news story?

Alima Fri 24-Nov-17 16:46:35

I remember being glued to the radio when the announcement about the birth of Prince Andrew, 1960 I was 7. Fascinated by the fact a prince had been born. ( The excitement has waned over the years).

merlotgran Fri 24-Nov-17 16:48:45

The death of King George VI. I was five and we were staying with my grandparents. I remember us all standing by the radio listening to the announcement.

Nelliemoser Fri 24-Nov-17 16:48:50

The death of Queen Mary of Teck, March 1953.

(Formerly King George Vs wife. )

Anniebach Fri 24-Nov-17 16:55:37

Death George 6, head came into the classroom ,told the form and I remember thinking - who is the king , then one of my cousins in the form whispered - what king

tanith Fri 24-Nov-17 16:56:34

I think the Coronation 1953 I must of been 5 we had a street party but I remember seeing pictures in the papers.

blossom14 Fri 24-Nov-17 16:57:18

Just realised how old I will sound. The death of Tommy Handley of ITMA fame announced on the radio. I was 8 at the time.

Bellsnwhistles Fri 24-Nov-17 17:11:49

The moon landing. Watching neil armstrong walk on the moon. Magical.

hildajenniJ Fri 24-Nov-17 17:19:16

The birth of Prince Andrew. I was right at the time. I wasn't really interested in the news much before that.

hildajenniJ Fri 24-Nov-17 17:19:51

Right should read eight! Blooming auto correct!

Baggs Fri 24-Nov-17 17:25:03

Assassination of JFK. I was eight.

Baggs Fri 24-Nov-17 17:27:44

Then Aberfan. Then the moon landing.

Izzywizzy Fri 24-Nov-17 17:27:57

It was Aberffan for me. Sorry if that's spelt wrong. I remember getting home from school and my nana had the tv on which was most unusual . She was very quiet and kept shaking her head. I can remember the black and white pictures and the poor men with black faces and the women hugging each other crying. Brings a shudder even now.

Peep Fri 24-Nov-17 17:31:39

The assassination of JFK.

Cherrytree59 Fri 24-Nov-17 17:50:39

Yes JFK.
I was 3 yrs old
I remember my dad getting me out of bed (mum was at work)
He asked me what they were saying on the news,
he was profoundly deaf

Dad knew something important had happened in America and was concerned as his brother and family were there.

nanaK54 Fri 24-Nov-17 18:09:34

I was going to say Aberfan, but actually remember watching Winston Churchill's funeral with my 'aunties' (they weren't really my aunties) one of them prayed all the way through it, I can recall how sad they both were

Greyduster Fri 24-Nov-17 18:10:31

I think it was the Munich air disaster in 1958. I was 12. Then we all got jittery about the Cuban missile crisis.

watermeadow Fri 24-Nov-17 18:12:02

The launch of the first satellite into space. We could see it in the night sky and it seemed immensely important and impressive.
I never again felt the slightest interest in space exploration, just regret that man was leaving litter and spoiling the space beyond our world.

glammanana Fri 24-Nov-17 18:16:01

The Queens Coronation in 1953 my brother and I where 3 at the time and our baby sister had just been born we had a huge Street party with jelly and fruit.

loopyloo Fri 24-Nov-17 18:34:32

I recall war being declared over Suez. And my wicked older brother said "Good".
That makes me feel very old.

Chewbacca Fri 24-Nov-17 19:10:01

The Aberfan disaster was the first major news item that I recall with any clarity. I remember my father weeping openly and I'd never seen him cry before. The distress I felt, of both events that day, is something that I'll never forget.

TerriBull Fri 24-Nov-17 19:15:06

I distinctly remember writing 1960 in an exercise book at school when we returned after the Christmas break, somehow or other it really resonated that we were starting a new decade, and what a decade it was! I think it was around the dawn of the 1960s, aged between 5 and 6 that I was beginning to become aware of names that appeared on the news such as MacMillan, although I wasn't quite sure who he was, but I did know Eisenhower was president. I was also knew Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space. I was very aware of JFK because we were a catholic family and his assassination was another piece of news that I remember as I inadvertently broke it to my mother as she came through the door and hadn't heard, I remember how upset she was. The Profumo affair, which all the adults were talking about, somehow went over my head, being quite naive and childlike I guess, I think I mixed up Christine Keeler with a tennis player who was around at the time called Christine Truman and just couln't figure out why a woman who played tennis was getting people so hot under the collar confused at a later stage it all became clear blush

Jalima1108 Fri 24-Nov-17 19:25:34

The death of King George VI

BlueBelle Fri 24-Nov-17 19:34:36

Coronation, I was 8 Suez crisis in 1956 Death of Buzby babes in ‘ 58 jfk in 1963 and the race riots in USA Martin Luther King speech in 1963 had a huge impact on me and his death I still get tears when I hear that speech
Apart from the coronation all seems to be doom and gloom

willsmadnan Fri 24-Nov-17 19:35:25

Death of George VI for me too. Then, for some reason, the Suez crisis. I think it was because my dad was a 'commercial traveller'(remember them ?) the re-issuing of petrol coupons seemed to be the main topic of conversation. I don't think they were ever used.... I may be wrong ( as usual).