Here is an interesting conversation starter, with only a mild risk of running off a political cliff - what are the ten most important historical events of your lifetime?
This poll has some odd results. Probably a big part of the oddity is that respondents were "adults" but limited to their own lifetime. That means, for example, that the eligible respondent pool for "Pearl Harbor" was actually quite small. And twenty-somethings were ordering off a very limited menu, since few of them were born before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Empire.
Anyway, the list:
Number 10, the Orlando shooting, is explained as a generational blip and obviously won't make a similar list twenty or fifty years from now.
But what else is missing? Offhand, I would have said that the Bill Clinton impeachment and the Florida recount were Very Big Deals when they happened, although of course they were eclipsed by 9/11.
And what about Hurricane Katrina? How did Watergate avoid this list (I smell a cover-up!). JFK is on the list but why are Bobby and MLK off it? And for all the talk about Roe v. Wade, it is not here, although gay marriage is. Meaning what?
The article includes the surveys broken out by generation, which is also interesting. The Great Depression might have appeared on the Silent Generation survey (older than Boomers, so I infer they were born pre-1945), but it doesn't. And the Great Recession comes in low on the Millennial survey and nowhere else.