For me there are 3 events that stick in my mind like that:
1. The Challenger Space Shuttle disaster
2. The 9/11 WTC/Pentagon attacks
3. When my father passed away.
JFK - in my fourth grade classroom, kept asking my classmate, "are you sure it was the President" - and went home to see my mother sitting in front of the TV crying.
Challenger - in lunch room at work, kept asking whether it was really the space shuttle and not the Delta shuttle which was a short flight between NYC and Boston at the time
9/11 - At a work conference with my wife calling me from time to time with updates with my constantly asking - are you sure it was both towers and did they actually totally implode
Father passing - crossing over the George Washington bridge in NYC trying to get back to Boston before it happened.
Just have always had a hard time believing stunning news
But yeah one afternoon out of 1,000's and it's etched into my mind.
I was staying with the family of a BBC employee who got a phone call not long after the car crash happened instructing him to fly to Paris. So I found out long before it was reported on the morning news. The outpouring of grief that followed hadn't really been seen in the country before.
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