[Not really a poll; just an attempt at a fun discussion.] I've always enjoyed hearing people talk about where they were and what they were doing when they "heard the news." So, I think it would be entertaining for everyone here to share their stories. I'm listing some of the most significant dates in recent history--though that most recent one, for the obvious reasons, will not be discussed here. Please tell us, briefly, where you were and what you were doing on these dates, and how you heard the news. December 7, 1941: I was more than a decade from making my debut, so no comment here. November 22, 1963: I was on the school playground; it was recess (and about 2 p.m. local time). A kid who lived across the street from me came to my little group, shouting, "Kennedy's been shot!" We were all hustled back into the classrooms, and the intercom was on with a live radio broadcast. That was one of the worst weekends in my memory, all of it spent in tears. February 9, 1964: Okay--not Earth-shakingly historical, but significant nonetheless. I was in my bedroom, watching on an old black-and-white set. When Ed Sullivan said, "And here they are--the Beatles!," it was as if my life had itself gone from black and white to glorious color. Nothing has been the same since. July 20, 1969: Like nearly everybody else in the free world, I was glued in front of the television, fully aware that I was witnessing humanity's greatest achievement. I was cheering when Neil Armstrong reported, "Houston, Tranquility Base here," and I was in muted awe a few hours later when the same astronaut said, "I'm about to step off the ladder now..." January 28, 1986: It was about 11-ish in the morning, and I was writing catalog copy at a publishing house. The department's receptionist came to me and a few of the graphics people: "The space shuttle just blew up," she said, face ashen. In a daze, I ran down to the recording studio, where a television was up and running. I cried all day and all night, and couldn't go in to work the next morning.