Things That Have Happened Since My Fifth Grader Started School

Posted: May 20, 2009 in Just Interesting Stuff
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My youngest daughter graduated from elementary school today. I had the honor of being the graduation speaker. In writing the speech, I put together a list of world events that have happened since she was in kindergarten:
  • Space Shuttle Columbia blew up over our heads
  • War in Iraq
  • Bush elected to second term
  • Giant Tsunami
  • Ronald Reagan dies
  • Hurricane Katrina
  • Justice Sandra Day O’Connor retires, Chief Justice William Rehnquist dies
  • The pope dies
  • Bad spinach
  • Martha Stewart
  • Enron
  • The Crocodile Hunter
  • Darfur
  • Illegal Immigration
  • Ruth Graham dies
  • Jerry Falwell dies
  • Troop surge
  • Oil prices
  • Barry Bonds
  • Michael Vick
  • Michael Phelps
  • Iphone
  • Myspace
  • Global warming
  • Green politics
  • Defining marriage
  • Facebook
  • Mortgage crisis
  • Hurricane Ike
  • Barack Obama
  • Bailouts

By the time she graduates from high school in 2016:

  • China will be the largest English speaking nation
  • The dollar may be replaced as the currency of world exchange
  • Printed textbooks may be a thing of the past
  • Holographic television
  • Computer screens you can roll up and put in your backpack
  • Domestic robots will clean your house

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