5 Moments You Would Witness in History (20th Century Edition)
Situation: You’re sitting at your desk, glumly typing up another TPS report when suddenly a guy who looks a lot like John Krasinki pops up next to your desk. You’re about to ask Jim what he’s doing there and where’s Pam when he whispers to you that he’s a time-traveler and you need to come with him. Now. You practically fall out of your chair getting your shoes on.
These are the five moments in the 20th century that John Krasinski and I traveled back in time to witness (in no particular order). We held hands for most of them. (Ok, all of them). We made out a little during No. 5.
1. July 20, 1969- Watching Armstrong walk on the moon in the NASA control room
Why: Because there’s nothing better than a resounding nerd-cheer.
2. August 1920- The 19th amendment is ratified
Why: Because my favorite character in “Mary Poppins” was always that loopy, suffragette mom. And because the passing of this amendment was a real nail-biter. It became part of the constitution after it was ratified in Tennessee (state no. 36) by ONE VOTE.
3. December 15, 1939- The premiere of “Gone With the Wind”
4. February 9, 1963- The Beatles perform live on The Ed Sullivan Show
5. 1933- World’s Fair in Chicago
Wild Card: July 17, 1955- The Opening of Disneyland
Why: Say what you want about the world-dominating Disney empire. For me, it has always boiled down to the look on a kid’s face when they walk through the gates for the first time and see their imagination come wildly to life. On this day, it wasn’t just the kids who saw the magic.
What do you wish you could’ve seen with your own eyes? I’m sure I’ve missed some doozies.