1. Where were you and what were you doing on September 11, 2001?
I was awakened by my alarm clock around 8am PT. The DJ was saying something along the lines of "and now the second tower as fallen". I automatically hit the snooze button before what he'd said had registered. Then T and I looked at each other, we woke up completely, and he jumped up out of bed to turn on the television. Everything was over by this point (reports were just coming in about the Pennsylvania crash), but nobody knew that yet. We spent the rest of the day glued to the television. I wandered in to work around 10:00 only to learn that everyone had been sent home. So I returned to T and the television, and there we stayed.
2. Where were you and what were you doing when Princess Diana died?
I didn't find out until the next morning. I opened the door of my apartment that Sunday, and there was the paper, huge headline and all.
3. Where were you and what were you doing when the Challenger exploded?
I was in seventh grade art class. The teacher walked in late and announced that the space shuttle had exploded. He was kind of a weird guy, so we thought he might have been making some sort of joke. But when he immediately turned on the radio instead of starting class, we knew it was for real. I spent the rest of the day going from classroom to classroom, television running in each.
4. Where were you and what were you doing when Reagan was shot?
I was only 7, so I don't remember the specifics. I know that I learned about it from TV.
5. Where were you and what were you doing when the year rolled over from 1999 to 2000?
I was at a party. The theme was "Party Like It's 1899", so some folks were in Victorian costume (not me, though). At midnight, we were all dancing in the living room when the hosts handed out flashlights and killed the electricity. So we had our very own Y2K blackout for a few moments. Then the lights came back on, and there was much rejoicing.