What Were the First Big News Stories You Were Aware Of As a Kid?

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

What with this EU referendum and Chilcot report business dominating the front pages in recent weeks, we thought now would be a good time to sit back and let our minds wander back to yesteryear, when the headlines were equally depressing but you were too busy worrying about that Joe King kid who apparently wanted to fight you after school to really give a toss about.

For me, it was the death of lovely Princess Diana. Six-year-old me didn’t have a clue what was going on at the time, instead choosing to spend all of my energy getting angry at my grief-stricken mum.

The four subsequent years did very little for my maturity. My reaction to the September 11th attacks? More frustration, this time because my after-school cartoons had been replaced by clips of burning buildings and weirdly excited news people. All I wanted to do was munch through my BNs and chuckle.

The first big story that really hit home, however, was the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Back under the spotlight now of course, it genuinely intrigued me, admittedly more because of my dad’s ranting and raving than anything I saw on the TV or read.

Which brings us to you, dear readers. What were the first major news stories you remember being aware of as a kid, and what were thoughts at the time?

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