Generation Y’s Perspective of Iconic Images that Define The 21st Century (pt.2)
The first waves of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, which killed over 200,000 people, hit the shore.- I was in sixth grade when this happened. My social studies teachers offered us extra credit the next class on our quiz if we knew how to properly spell “tsunami.” I remember seeing tons of coverage on the news about American families vacationing in the area and their families in the U.S. being really worried that they hadn’t heard from them. A while bit after the Tsunami hit, I was watching Oprah with my mom. This was the episode her design guru Nate Berkus came on the show and shared his encounter with the Tsunami. I felt so heartbroken for him as he lost his boyfriend in the tsunami who he later found dead. He was blubbering so hard on the show, my mom and myself couldn’t keep it together.
Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moscovitz in 2004, after they had just launched FaceBook.- Facebook didn’t hit my school until 2007, I was a freshman in high school by this point. I wasn’t allowed to have a MySpace but Facebook was different… right? I made one for about a week then deleted it, feeling so guilty from hiding it from my mom. She heard about Facebook a few weeks later and about how there were privacy settings and let me get one. I just reactivated my old one, she never found out… until now.
The Christian world mourns the passing of Pope John Paul II - I grew up Catholic so in my household this was big news. I remember my Grandma crying a bit in church when they talked about it. I saw the coverage of the body begin driven through the Vatican. I thought it was weird…. and pretty gross that everyone would be staring at someone who died.
A bus blown apart by the 7th of July London bombings, which left 52 dead and 700 injured. - Having family in London, this was a scary event, making sure everyone was accounted for. My cousin, Anne was in a bank that was above one of the subways that was bombed. Thankfully her and the rest of the family were ok. Wish I could say that for the other innocent lives that were lost.
Tanisha Blevin, 5, holds the hand of fellow Hurricane Katrina victim Nita LaGarde, 105, as they are evacuated from the convention center in New Orleans. - Living in Texas, our area was super active in disaster relief. I remember quite a few kids coming to our school from New Orleans. Also, my mom’s friend buys and fixes up houses and they knew a family looking for a place to stay. We helped fix up a house and helped them move in. They had a daughter a few years older than me… she wasn’t very nice.
Michael Phelps celebrates after winning his 14th gold medal, setting the all-time record for most Olympic gold medals. - I think this is the first Olympics I really got in to. I remember seeing this picture in motion and feeling the excitement. However, I was mostly mesmerized with the opening ceremonies China conducted. Literally so cool.
Barack Obama wins the 2008 election, becoming the first African American President.- I was a sophomore in high school by this point. There was so much excitement in my school by the African American students. T-shirts, banners, pins, and necklaces were seen everywhere in the halls. It was cool to witness such an important event in U.S. history. I was in speech class when Obama was giving his inauguration speech. My speech teacher was a strong republican so there was no chance of us being allowed to watch it over the projector. My desk was next to the wall and the classroom next door was watching it so I heard a few lines, here and there.