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What's The Defining Moment Of Your Generation?

Michael Jackson performs in his "Scream" video for MTV in 1995.
Paul Whitsitt
Michael Jackson performs in his "Scream" video for MTV in 1995.

As a major new survey from Pew Research Center examines the generation gap in politics, we take a closer look at what, besides year of birth, differentiates one generation from the next. From the dawn of rock 'n' roll to the emergence of hip-hop, from "We Like Ike" to "Yes We Can," from a man on the moon to an iPhone in the pocket, here are some highlights from each of the four generations covered in the survey. We couldn't mention all of them here, so please share what you think are the defining moments of your own generation in the comments section below.

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Corrected: November 4, 2011 at 12:00 AM EDT
A previous version of this story incorrectly said that millennials were first eligible to vote in the 1990 election between Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. It was actually the 2000 election between George W. Bush and Al Gore.
Tasnim Shamma joined WABE 90.1 FM as a reporter in November 2014. She comes to Atlanta from Charlotte, where she spent more than two years at the NPR member station WFAE.