March 24


Dates.  Sometimes they mean something and sometimes they don’t.  Sometimes dates just need some context to make sense.  Below is a list of dates…what do you remember about each of them?

November 22, 1963
April 4, 1968
December 7, 1941
June 5, 1968
May 7, 1945
August 15, 1945
November 11, 1918
September 11, 2001
August 2, 1990
February 26, 1993
January 28, 1986
March 24, 1999

Ok.  Let’s see how you do.  Here are the answers:

November 22, 1963 – Pres. Kennedy is shot and killed in Dallas
April 4, 1968 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis
December 7, 1941 – Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese in WW2
June 5, 1968 – Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed
May 7, 1945 – VE Day – WW2 ends in Europe
August 15, 1945 – VJ Day – WW2 ends in the Pacific
November 11, 1918 – WW1 ends
September 11, 2001 – The World Trade Center in New York is destroyed in a terrorist attack
August 2, 1990 – Iraq invades Kuwait
February 26, 1993 – The World Trade Center in New York was attacked by terrorists
January 28, 1986 – The Space Shuttle Challenger blows up on launch
March 24, 1999 – Operation Allied Force begins.

That list should help prove my point.   For some of these, I remember where I was and what I was doing (Sept. 11, 2001 for example).  Others, I remember only because because they were important in history (the ends of WW1 and WW2 for example).  However, the ones that I remember the most were the ones that impacted me personally.

So what’s my point?  Well, I really was looking for a way to write about the last one–Operation Allied Force–and thought I could tie it in by just talking about dates in general.  Why did I want to blog about Operation Allied Force?  Well, because once a week or so, we are reminded by people here that they remember the bombings.  Sometimes the person talks about how they had to move.  Other times, the person talks about it in general.  Sometimes the people can talk about knowing some people who died.

March 24th is the 10th anniversary of the NATO attacks on Serbia. If you want to learn more, follow the link above to the Wikipedia article.  The “main takeaway” is to remember the people of Serbia on 24 March.  Many were impacted and the day means something to many people.

By the way, the picture is of the state TV station building in Belgrade.  I found it in the Wikipedia article on Operation Allied Force.  I thought I had some pictures of the building today–it still exists–but I can’t find them.  If I ever do find one, I’ll post it here.

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