Do you remember Hiroshima, the Kennedy assassination, the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion, the fall of the Soviet Union, or the 9-11 attacks? Or do some of those seem like something from history?
Every generation has collective experiences that help bind them together. The Great Depression, the lunar landing, wars, famous assassinations, Woodstock, September 11 and others are events that will mark the lives of entire generations. Below are a list of population projections of when people will be too young to remember particular events. For example in 2012, most people alive don’t remember the 1970’s. By 2042, the majority of people alive won’t have living memory of the first iPhone.
1. Look through the list below and think about what events are well remembered by your generation. When will these events have been forgotten by society?
2. This is a good opportunity to practice a wide variety of tenses in English in a natural way without having to shift contexts to practice a tense. What tenses do you think will be used most often in a discussion of the items below? Review your tenses and time lines here.
3. This study focused on Americans. What will be the same and different in your country? Can you think of other examples that can be added to the list, and when will society have forgotten them?