I rather like the idea behind Iain Dale’s “Where were you?” meme, so I’m filling it in voluntarily.
Princess Diana’s death – 31 August 1997
I was at home with my parents working in Safeway as a cashier over the summer. I’d spent much of the night on IRC chatting with people, and we’d watched the news come in piece by by piece. The crash, the injury, the speculation. I went to bed before it had been confirmed that she had actually died, and woke up to the National Anthem playing on Today on Radio 4. My parents called in from the next room – “So, the Queen Mum’s finally gone then?” – and they really weren’t prepared for the answer.
Two years later, I was living in Paris and later in my six months there, fell in with a well off, well connected sugar daddy who told me he knew the surgeon who received the ambulance with the fatally wounded princess. The story went that she was conscious, and talking, when she got to hospital, but that it was clear to all that her injuries were not survivable.
Margaret Thatcher’s resignation – 22 November 1990
What time of day did this happen? I would have been at school or at one the many afterschool clubs that kept me busy. I have a memory of a special class the following day to make sure we all understood what had happened and what it meant. I can remember the room it happened in, at my 3rd secondary school. However, my memory just has to be faulty, because I didn’t get to that school until after that date.
Attack on the twin towers – 11 September 2001
I was having a lie in that day and didn’t find out until a long way into the afternoon. A friend texted – “have you heard what happened? – turn on any tv, any channel, any time.” We called together the usual gang of suspects for an “end of the world party” that evening, where we just drank and talked all night.
England’s World Cup Semi Final v Germany in – 4 July 1990
No idea. Wouldn’t have particularly cared at the time, still wouldn’t now.
President Kennedy’s Assassination – 22 November 1963
My dad was 8…