The 12 Daze of Christmas

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Do they Know it’s Christmas ~ Band Aid 1984

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In My Lifetime: 9/11

The September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States altered Americans’ historic sense of invulnerability just as emphatically as the destruction of the World Trade Center towers altered the Manhattan skyline. Not counting the suicidal Al Qaeda assailants, 2,973 people were killed. Among the many consequences, the coordinated airline hijackings and assaults on New York City and the Pentagon and the thwarted attempt on Washington, D.C. that ended in a Pennsylvania field led to vast changes in government and spurred the nation to go to war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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In My Lifetime: The Berlin Wall “Comes Down”

After several weeks of civil unrest, the East German government announced on November 9, 1989 that all GDR citizens could visit West Germany and West Berlin. Crowds of East Germans crossed and climbed onto the Wall, joined by West Germans on the other side in a celebratory atmosphere.

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In My Lifetime: Microsoft Windows Is Born

On November 20, 1985, Microsoft ships Windows 1.0. Now, rather than typing MS‑DOS commands, you just move a mouse to point and click your way through screens, or “windows.” Bill Gates says, “It is unique software designed for the serious PC user.”

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In My Lifetime: AOL Was Founded

AOL was founded on May 24, 1985, introducing the general public to “the internet”.

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In My Lifetime: Microsoft Is Founded

The history of Microsoft began on April 4, 1975, when it was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque.

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