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AirTalk asks: What’s the first big news story you remember?




Barack H. Obama is sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts as the 44th president of the United States as his wife Michelle looks on January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States.
Barack H. Obama is sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts as the 44th president of the United States as his wife Michelle looks on January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States.
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The past century has been filled with monumental news stories such as the Watergate scandal, the O.J. Simpson chase and trial, and the death of Princess Diana.

For many, major news events serve as chronological milestones in life, maybe because it’s the first time one is able to fully comprehend the magnitude of a tragedy or the implications of a great social triumph.

Deadspin recently asked its staff members to recall their first big news stories, popular events included Marvin Gaye’s murder, 9/11 and the 1986 explosion of NASA’s Space Shuttle Challenger --do you remember your first story?

What made that news story memorable and how do you now perceive it in retrospect? And thinking about some of the most recent events, which stories will be remembered by today's youth? 

Share your first news story with us at 866-893-5722.

Guest:

Sharon Shahid, Director of editorial content, video and interactive production, Newseum