Like every other Gen-Xer born in 1967, I turn 50-years-old this year. In fact, yesterday was my 50th Birthday! Happy Birthday to me! After all these years, I’ve learned a thing or two and come to a few conclusions. By the time you’re 50, you’ve lost at least a few good friends from your childhood or […]
Notable Gen X Events, Anniversaries and Celebrations
Posts in the Gen X Events and Anniversary archive feature notable and/or historic events that shaped and/or continuing to shape the lives of Gen-Xers, the 13th Generation of Americans.
From Samanta Smith's letter to Yuri Andropov to the seldom-remembered attack on the USS Stark, this archive highlights just a few of the stories that have impacted Gen-Xers. Posts include difficult things we witnessed and endured along with more light-hearted occasions that we celebrated such as the 30th Anniversary of E.T. and the 30th birthday of GIF.
Here is a sample of some of the Gen X events featured in this archive:
- School House Rock Turns 40
- Samantha Smith
- 20th Anniversary of Fall of the Soviet Union / Cold War
- Berlin Wall
- USS Stark Attack
- 30th Anniversary of E.T.
- Where Were You: Space Shuttle Challenger
- Occupy Wall Street Logos
- Birth Control, Abortion (Roe vs. Wade)
- Much more
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This Thursday, June 15, is the 30th anniversary of the GIF. What do you think, Gen-Xers? Are GIFS here to stay? More importantly, where were you when you first saw the dancing baby and who sent it to you? For those of you who don’t know, GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format. It’s a bitmap image […]
Michael P. Mazenko has been writing his blog since 2008. He recently wrote a piece in honor of the 25th anniversary of Douglas Coupland’s seminal work, Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture. He characterizes the McLives of Generation X as a stealth revolution for a more authentic life. I loved that. Here is an […]
Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster Atlas Obscuria has published a fascinating story about this picture of an elephant foot of lava — radioactive corium — taken in 1996 at the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site. It takes awhile to get to the selfie explanation, but this is a terrific read. Here’s an excerpt: “…It’s possible to put together clues embedded in […]
Tomorrow, October 21, 2015, is the day Marty McFly and Doc of Back To The Future trilogy fame, crashed into the future. Major media outlets are covering the anniversary of sorts and there’s an October 21, 2015 BTTF Facebook page. The BBC published a story today analyzing the movie’s various technological predictions. These include barcode […]
Yesterday, was the 30th anniversary of the death of Samantha Smith. In 1983, Smith, an American schoolgirl, wrote a letter to Yuri Andropov, the Soviet Prime Minister. Dear Mr. Andropov, My name is Samantha Smith. I am ten years old. Congratulations on your new job. I have been worrying about Russia and the United States […]
Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Here is a quote from the civil rights leader on how to fight evil in the world. “By opening our lives to God in Christ, we become new creatures. This experience, which Jesus spoke of as the new birth, is essential if we are to be transformed nonconformists […]