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12:00 am, November 9, 1989
The fall of the Berlin Wall, symbolizing the coming end of the cold war.

7:12 am, October 2, 1869
Ghandi is born, known for leading India's independence movement and for practicing nonviolence. 

12:01 am, August 9, 2014
Police shoot and kill Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, USA.  

8:15 am, August 6, 1945 
A US B-29 bomber drops an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, instantly killing 80,000 people. 

12:00 am, July 9, 2011
South Sudan gains independence, ending Africa's longest-running civil war. 

12:04 am, March 24, 1989
The Exxon Valdez tanker strikes the Bligh Reef in Prince William's Sound, spilling 11 to 38 million gallons of oil into the ocean.


This week, dear writers, we're asking you to write a poem inspired by an event and the time and/or date it transpired. You may use the time/date as your title, or weave it into your poem. The event may be current or plucked from history. Want to see how it's done? Be sure to read Norah's "July 20, 1969" and Vixpinkaaay's "23:40."

[Word to the wise: most times can be found on google. And check this out for inspiration.]