Carrie and I were talking about memories, specifically the earliest memories we have as children.
And then we started talking about when children started paying attention to popular culture (in my view: about ten seconds after somebody sings them their first lullaby, credited to "arr. traditional").
My two earliest cultural memories (born 1966):
-- The Apollo 11 moon landing in the summer of 1969. I was not quite three, and this was a Very Big Deal. Dad was an engineer, Mom was a librarian, and I also was showing signs of being a geek already, and you had better believe we were spaceflight fanatics in our house, along with pretty much everybody we knew in the neighborhood. :-) (I also remember the Apollo 13 accident; I remember my parents quietly explaining to me that we had to pray for the astronauts' safe return.)
-- The breakup of the Beatles in 1970. Not because I had the faintest idea what a Beatle was (5th grade for that epiphany) but because I was traumatized by the apparent complete emotional collapse of my babysitter, on learning that the Beatles would be no more.
What were your earliest memories of cultural events?