What's the first major news event that you remember hearing about as a child? Where did you learn about it? How did it impact your world view?
The first one I remember hearing as "a news event" was when Ford was voted out and Carter was voted in. It made me very sad for some reason that I couldn't express ... I think it was just dismay at the shape of the world changing. Kids at that age like stability, and the idea that something as big as "The President" could actually change was a massive shock to the system.
I was also aware of the Olympics by that point; not sure if they count as "major news events" or not, but I loved 'em.