I guess we can mostly agree that 2020 is a year for the history books, but are any other years you personally remember as significant? We mentioned history somewhere and I started thinking that for some of us memories are slipping into historical years…
2009: Financial crisis shook everything to the core. I don’t think any country remained unaffected. It hit hard here, and we have still not recovered.
2001: Euro replaced local currency. Everyday life and our sense as a country changed significantly. It was a huge shift to being part of “something bigger”.
1989-1991 (obviously stand alone events, but to me they look like a chain, looking back):
Local political scandal and unrest AND the fall of the Wall in Berlin (officially in 1991, if memory serves, but the bang was in 1989). Europe and how we perceived it changed completely. Things were rewritten here and there, we were adjusting for years.
Gulf War. I remember watching war reporters live on TV, with bombs falling around them. I started understanding the meaning of war as a child. It was basically all there was in the news.
War in Yugoslavia. See above and also too close to home. Emptying supermarket selves was a thing, religious war is always a sensitive topic in the area.
(I have a vague idea about Chernobyl in 1986, but personally I don’t have any memories, so I’m not including it.)
Note 1: I’m probably forgetting a bunch and it’s not a list set in stone, but I will hopefully learn about things I don’t know/ reconsider things I know by each other’s experiences and memories. This year has swept everything…
Note 2: If anyone would like to share their point of view, please be respectful and also keep in mind this is about personal experience, not textbook references.