Bit of a no brainer, this one. It’s got to be the 2001 World Trade Center terrorist attacks – watching the images of that terrible day is something that I don’t think any of us will forget in a hurry. I remember feeling quite frightened, as if the whole world was under attack.
As for why, my opinion is that the sheer audacity (and the scale) of the attack took the world’s breath away – and brought home to us just how easy it is for people set on a path of destruction to inflict such terrifying and enormous damage.
Having said that, I also think that the following world events which have occurred during my lifetime merit a mention:
1969 The moon landing (or not, as Ashley’s just said!)
1981 Personal computers introduced by IBM
1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster – an event which still has and will continue for a long time to have terrible consequences.
1989 Berlin Wall torn down, and the beginning of the fall of communism
1990 Nelson Mandela released from prison after 27 years, the abolition of apartheid the following year, and his election as president in 1994.
1997 Princess Diana’s death – OK, I know this one possibly doesn’t merit the title ‘world event’, but I will never forget watching that day’s events unfold, and the amazing subsequent public outpouring of grief which united the country in a way that I don’t imagine we will ever see again in my lifetime, if ever.
Have I missed any out? What do you think?