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stardust
Posted - 12 April 2017 10:32
The Ethiopian famine. Remember the news always having images of small children with bloated bellies and flies on their faces
cІubman
Posted - 12 April 2017 10:34
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charles and diana
then the falklands
Osama
Posted - 12 April 2017 10:34
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Dunkirk
passable
Posted - 12 April 2017 10:35
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The fall of Saigon and people being helicoptered out from the roof of the US embassy
Wellington
Posted - 12 April 2017 10:36
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Italia 90 probably
strongly unstable
Posted - 12 April 2017 10:37
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The fall of the Berlin Wall.
🐝 buzz
Posted - 12 April 2017 10:38
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JR getting shot.
B'A'M
Posted - 12 April 2017 10:38
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the hurricane in 87
tr.aumatico
Posted - 12 April 2017 10:38
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chernobyl
129 Sleeps To Christmas
Posted - 12 April 2017 10:44
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Iranian Embassy, Charles & Diana, Ethiopian famine, Live Aid, Reagan assassination attempt, Falklands War, Miners' Strike - the early '80s were big news times!
minkie
Posted - 12 April 2017 10:45
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One of the Apollo missions, 14 I think.
The first news item which I remember being really upsetting however was the murder of Lord Mountbatten when I was the grand old age of 13.
struandirk
Posted - 12 April 2017 10:46
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I remember watching the swimming events in the LA Olympics with my dad.

Jeez..my son is older than that now. Does that mean he's actually going to remember all the crap I tell him??
3-ducks
Posted - 12 April 2017 10:50
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I don't remember the Faklands - all happened pretty quickly tbf.

I suppose it was the Bradford football stadium fire. And Live Aid.
cІubman
Posted - 12 April 2017 10:51
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the first one i remember properly engaging with people over (as opposed to seeing/discussing around the kitchen table etc) would be the defenestration of the blessed margaret by those awful traitors
DeadPartnerWalking
Posted - 12 April 2017 10:52
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Death of Elvis I think? 1977?
3-ducks
Posted - 12 April 2017 10:56
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The first one I engaged with was the split of the Alliance in 1988. I was a big David Owen fan, and thought the Liberals were absurd, and their SDP sympathisers like Shirley Williams ghastly.
129 Sleeps To Christmas
Posted - 12 April 2017 10:57
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Just thought of another classic mid-'80s - Challenger shuttle disaster.
Chambers
Posted - 12 April 2017 11:00
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The Mexico World Cup in 1970. Grainy images on one of the new fangled color TVs. Like watching another world if you were living in a grim northern mining town at the time.
Coracle Lolling
Posted - 12 April 2017 11:05
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Hillsborough's probably the earliest I distinctly remember watching on the news (and Grandstand).

The earlier stuff (such as Chernobyl) it's difficult to distinguish between what I remember from the time as opposed to the clips that I saw later.
Abbeywell/NSA
Posted - 12 April 2017 11:07
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Print or Television news?
OBaby123
Posted - 12 April 2017 11:09
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C and D wedding
King's x fire
Ethiopia famine
Romanian orphanages
Abbeywell/NSA
Posted - 12 April 2017 11:11
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John Pilger's Death of a Nation that was in the Daily Mirror in 1979 was a biggie
TV- Petra's death
diceman
Posted - 12 April 2017 11:11
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I think the pope may have visited and My mum asked me if i wanted to go see him in 1983

vague memory of 1983 election
Abbeywell/NSA
Posted - 12 April 2017 11:14
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Charles being Invested
Princess Anne's wedding
Killing of Mountbatten

Saillaw
Posted - 12 April 2017 11:22
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I remember the Falklands. I associate the Brighton bombing and the miners strike with that time but looking at it they were a couple of years later.
Saillaw
Posted - 12 April 2017 11:22
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Actually also remember being terrified by reports of the Yorkshire Ripper which was possibly a little earlier.
Barnsbury
Posted - 12 April 2017 11:57
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I remember the Challenger disaster too, broadcast live on Newsround. I have no recollection of John Craven's reaction although I assume it was something to the effect of "that wasn't supposed to happen".

Also remember the sinking of HMS Sheffield in 1982. Normal TV was interrupted - yanked off the air - by a special news bulletin, which was a bit mind-blowing at my tender age. I had no idea the power existed to change actual television.
Saillaw
Posted - 12 April 2017 12:04
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My maths teacher was a bit of a space geek and actually binned our maths lesson so we could go to the TV room and watch the reports of the Challenger disaster.
Keef_
Posted - 12 April 2017 12:05
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Alan Wells, Seb Coe and Daley Thompson winning 100m gold in Moscow I think.

No. Tell a lie. 1978 FA cup final. Prolly that. With bits of the 79 election in there somewhere.
Keef_
Posted - 12 April 2017 12:06
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*obv they didn't all win the 100m... some of them may have won other events.
Barnsbury
Posted - 12 April 2017 12:07
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whenever normal programming is interrupted for a special news bulletin I always get a bad feeling. I mean, it's never going to be good news is it? My first reaction is always "the queen has died". The most recent one I can remember was the start of the second gulf war and the shock and awe bombing of Baghdad. the only good news one I can remember is Nelson Mandela being released.
Fosco
Posted - 12 April 2017 12:09
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Death of Diana.
Fingermouse trap
Posted - 12 April 2017 12:11
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Thatch in spitting image count?

If not, prolly Thatch winning an election. Aka. The good ole days.
Legal Alien
Posted - 12 April 2017 12:13
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Berlin Wall coming down.
Elphi
Posted - 12 April 2017 12:15
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Apollo 11. I was with my mate Pete
Keef_
Posted - 12 April 2017 12:16
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Wait. LA I thought you were in your 30's?
Keef_
Posted - 12 April 2017 12:21
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No no. No. That does work out. I'm just getting older. **** that's depressing.
Saillaw
Posted - 12 April 2017 12:24
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There are some proper youngsters on here. I was hard at work at secondary school by the time the Berlin Wall came down.
Jon Snow
Posted - 12 April 2017 12:26
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John Lennon's death.
Abbeywell/NSA
Posted - 12 April 2017 12:29
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The Moon Landing I remember seeing that at small hour of the morning on the BBC
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 12 April 2017 13:16
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Sail, I was in my last year at Uni...

Feeling achingly old reading this thread.

My first news memory was something about the oil crisis, OPEC meetings and power cuts. I was watching the 5.45 evening news and the power went off so we lit the candles and camping gaz lights.
passable
Posted - 12 April 2017 13:19
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I still remember exactly where I was when I heard that the November Criminals had done for the Leaderene Clubbers
Legal Alien
Posted - 12 April 2017 13:44
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I am in my 30s. I didn't watch the news as a kid. Berlin Wall was my first news memory as I remember my parents beckoning me down and saying I had to watch it as it was history being made. I didn't really understand the significance. I remember a few kids at school talking about Hillsborough as well but I don't remember the footage of that.
Robert Lucas
Posted - 12 April 2017 14:38
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Brian Faulkner announcing the introduction of internment.
Lydia
Posted - 12 April 2017 16:28
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Kitchen, my parents' h ouse. We were eating a meal, tiny kithcn black and white television with moon landing on (presumably live) or may be my parents were eating at 7pm and they let us down to watch. July 1969. I was 7.

I was 1 when Kennedy was assassinated so wouldn't remember that one.
wangpain 4 nuclear disarmament
Posted - 12 April 2017 16:31
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I think I can remember Charles & Di getting married. That would have been on every channel. I can deffo remember the falklands going on
Olaf Plori
Posted - 12 April 2017 16:36
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The state funeral of Winston Churchill on a B&W tv at school.
Abbeywell/NSA
Posted - 12 April 2017 16:40
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How old are you Olaf?
stardust
Posted - 12 April 2017 16:43
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LA - I was going to write the Berlin Wall but remembered the famine was earlier. It remember that coming down and realising it was hugely significant but didn't know why. It wasn't until much later that I actually went to Berlin and began to understand. My history teaching at school seemed limited to the Tudors and Stuarts and WW2. Anything else was pretty thin on the ground.
Abbeywell/NSA
Posted - 12 April 2017 16:44
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WhciH moon landing Lydia?

Thie first one was July 20 1969 he set foot on the moon at about 23.00 EDT WHICH I think ia 3am GMT

I know I was woken up by my mother and taken downstairs to watch it feeling very tired
Saracens1876
Posted - 12 April 2017 16:53
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you are ancient Abbs

probably around mid 70's I guess. Northern Ireland. The troubles.
Abbeywell/NSA
Posted - 12 April 2017 16:59
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I was 6 when man first walked on the moon
cІubman
Posted - 12 April 2017 17:02
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and 9 when man last walked on the moon.

how sad is that
Coracle Lolling
Posted - 12 April 2017 17:10
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I didn't watch the news as a kid.

Should have watched John Craven's Newsround instead of that Paul Zenon show.
Abbeywell/NSA
Posted - 12 April 2017 17:11
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Clubbers you are older than me!!!

Well I never

but we are all a lot younger than Olaf TFFT
cІubman
Posted - 12 April 2017 17:13
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NO - i was commenting on you.

nobody (olaf aside) could be as old as you
Keef_
Posted - 12 April 2017 18:56
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Clubbers is a lot older than I thought.

Olaf is older than I thought.

I feel better now.
Abbeywell/NSA
Posted - 12 April 2017 19:08
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Oh yes I am older than you but not by much old man
Chambers
Posted - 12 April 2017 20:09
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Over 50s club on this one.
I am Cyprian
Posted - 12 April 2017 20:51
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An IRA funeral in my village that turned a bit fruity (and we got caught up in it coming back from the doctors). 83, I think.
wangpain 4 nuclear disarmament
Posted - 12 April 2017 21:01
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Eeek cyp - you picked a bum moment to need banana med for am ear infection!
I am Cyprian
Posted - 12 April 2017 21:07
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Heh. In school the next day everyone claimed their uncle / older brother etc was one of the "lads" firing over the coffin. My filth proddie heritage precluded that.
EasternGrit
Posted - 12 April 2017 21:07
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Queens silver jubilee- which doesn't really count as news. I remember writing about the queen's typical day and getting my silver coin.

In terms of other news I can remember Vietnamese boat people. I had to Google whether that or John lennon being shot was earlier.
Miss T!
Posted - 12 April 2017 23:41
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My dad was working in Berlin when the wall came down and my sister and I still have a piece of it each in a bag at my mum's somewhere. Should dig it out. Didn't appreciate its significance at age 5

My first memory I can remember now is Freddy Mercury's death. Only because a girl at school, Dinorah, was so upset about it. I knew Radio GaGa so vaguely remember understanding some significance
Didge is blankety blank
Posted - 13 April 2017 03:25
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Seeing jimmy carter on telly saying something like "I'd be be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed". No idea why that stuck in my memory - must had been something about the way he spoke. Must have been him losing the election in November 1980? I also remember john Lennon dying in December 1980 so 6 must be when the news started to have an impact on me.
madsadlibrarian
Posted - 13 April 2017 06:48
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Being punished at school for saying my dad was dead when I was 6. (He had been sent home to die so it wasn't an entirely random thing to say). Correction it was a unbelievably evil and wicked thing to say.
Simply Sausage
Posted - 13 April 2017 08:55
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I remember the miners strike being on the news every day for an eternity and getting bored to tears by it.
freek daze
Posted - 13 April 2017 08:56
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Charles and Diana wedding

Falklands War
129 Sleeps To Christmas
Posted - 13 April 2017 09:20
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Earliest print article I remember was a photo on the front cover of my parents' Telegraph showing the launch of the latest British nuclear sub.

I thought that meant we were at war, and with the '80s nuclear fear (I had read 'When The Wind Blows' but not yet seen 'Threads') thought we were in for a spot of bother.