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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Since Elisabeth Fritzl Last Saw Daylight...

...Mikhail Gorbachev became the Soviet premier and ushered in glastnost. (1985)

the space shuttle Challenger blew up. (1986)

...I graduated from high school. (1987)

...Salman Rushdie published The Satanic Verses, and certain Islamic clerics put out a contract on his life. (1988)

...the Berlin Wall fell, and Prince William Sound was covered with oil after the Exxon ship Valdez ran aground. (1989)

...Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 27 years (three more than Elisabeth). (1990)

...apartheid finally ended in South Africa. (1991)

...the civil war in El Salvador, which dragged on for eight years and killed over a million people, most of them civilians, was formally brought to a close with a pact signed in Mexico City. (1992)

...the "don't ask, don't tell" policy went into effect in the United States military. (1993)

...figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by rival Tonya Harding's ex-husband shortly before the Lillehammer Olympics (1994).

...O.J. Simpson was acquitted of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman. (1995)

...Theodore Kaczynski, the "Unabomber," was turned in by his brother. (1996)

...Princess Diana died in a car accident. (1997)

...President Clinton denied having sexual relations with "that woman, Miss Lewinsky." (1998)

...Two teenagers killed 15 students and wounded 23 others at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. (1999)

...Elian Gonzalez returned to Cuba after eight months in the United States. (2000)

...9/11 happened. (2001)

...Jimmy Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his charity, Habitat for Humanity. (2002)

...Johnny Cash died at the age of 71. (2003)

...Photographs of abused prisoners at Abu Ghirab ignited a scandal for the U.S. military. In another inexplicable turn, George W. Bush was re-elected President. (2004)

...Pope John Paul II died after an amazing 26-year reign, and Hurricane Katrina, with the help of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, destroyed much of New Orleans. (2005)

...Pluto was demoted to non-planetary status. (2006)

...the seventh and final Harry Potter book was released. (2007)

Sorry, guys. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around it.



David Isaak said...

"The Candlelight Vigil in Dallas" would be a good title for something...but everybody would assume it had something to do with JFK.

Better make it "Candlelight Vigil in Fort Worth."

Jen Ster said...

Indeed--somebody threw a pro-immigration rally downtown today and a whole lot of nobody showed candles either. Dunno if that would happen in Fort Wroth (common misspelling-- which I like, What Hath Fort Wroth?). I have been to Dealey Plaza though, and it is a little eerie.