John C. Kirk (johnckirk) wrote,
John C. Kirk
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Significant events

During WW2, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour: since they hadn't formally declared war at that point (arguably due to a miscommunication), President Roosevelt described this as "a date that will live in infamy". 60-odd years later, I wonder whether that's true; I'm sure that lots of people are familiar with the event, but how many could name the date?

Conversely, it's now been almost 6 years since "9/11", i.e. the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11th 2001. I'm sure that most people will remember the date, but I wonder how many of them remember the name of the building. I'm thinking particularly of the younger generation here, who may not have been aware of all the details when it happened. There's a 14 year old who keeps sending me bulk emails (the "forward this to everyone you know!" variety), and his most recent one was relevant to this.

Stripping out all the headers (i.e. the email addresses of previous recipients), the only new text in any of the nested messages was "this is great". The original message said:

NO SCHOOL ON SEPTEMBER 11TH...

EVERYBODY, STAY HOME FROM SCHOOL ON SEPTEMBER 11TH .. NO MATTER WHAT SCHOOL YOU GO TO, WHAT STATE YOU LIVE IN, THINK ABOUT IT...TEACHERS SHOW UP AND NOBODY IS IN CLASS... THEN THEY'LL LEAVE THINKING WHY NO ONE CAME TO SCHOOL THAT DAY...TELL A LOT OF PEOPLE AND LETS SEE IF WE CAN MAKE IT ON NEWS...

WHY SEPTEMBER 11TH? CAUSE ITS A DAY WE SHOULD NOT BE IN SCHOOL BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED WE GET SCHOOL OFF FOR A BUNCH OF PRESIDENTS BUT WE DON'T GET SCHOOL OFF FOR A MASS OF PEOPLE WE PROBABLY kNEW? AND ALL THE AMAZING FIRE FIGHTERS THAT DIED FOR THIS COUNTRY!! .. JUST KEEP REPOSTING AND TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW...NO SCHOOL SEPT. 11TH

P.S. EVEN IF YOU ALREADY POSTED IT POST IT AGAIN..PLEASE_THIS IS A GREAT IDEA!!!!!!!!!!!C'MON GUYS LETS DO THIS!________________________________________________________________


(I've preserved the all-caps formatting, but removed all the redundant line breaks etc.)

I find it interesting that they don't explicitly say what happened. Beyond that, the tone of the message seems to be saying "We deserve a holiday to go to the beach" rather than "We want to take the day off to attend a memorial service".

Poll #1033396 Remembering attacks

When did the Japanese attack Pearl Harbour? (Without looking the answer up!)

December 6, 1940
0(0.0%)
December 7, 1940
0(0.0%)
December 6, 1941
2(33.3%)
December 7, 1941
4(66.7%)

How long will people in the USA/UK remember the name of the World Trade Center?

Most people have probably forgotten already
0(0.0%)
5 years
0(0.0%)
10 years
0(0.0%)
25 years
3(50.0%)
50 years
1(16.7%)
100 years
2(33.3%)
Until the eventual heat death of the universe
0(0.0%)
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