Make a List.
Start with the year you were born and make a list of significant events that happened in your life, both personally and historically.
If you are having trouble thinking of major events, here are a few:
1950-1975 Vietnam Conflict
1958 Explorer I, first American satellite is launched
January 1959 Alaska becomes the 49th state
August 1959 Hawaii becomes the 50th state
January 1961 John F. Kennedy is inaugurated as the 35th president
August 1963 Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream” Speech
Nov. 1963 President Kennedy is assassinated
1964 Beatles appear on the Ed Sullivan Show
April 1968 Martin Luther King is assassinated
June 1963 Sen. Robert Kennedy is assassinated
July 1969 Astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin walk on the moon
1973 Roe v. Wade, legalizes abortion
1973 Watergate cover-up.
July 1974 Nixon resigns
1986 Space shuttle Challenger explodes 73 seconds after liftoff
1990 Iraqi troops invade Kuwait, leading to Persian Gulf War
9/11/2001 Two hijacked jetliners ram two towers of World Trade Center
April 2009 Swine flu
June 2009 Michael Jackson dies at age 50
Writing Prompt: Take one item from your list and write in detail what happened to you that year. If you have time, take another year and write what happened to you that year.