Ten years ago today, on Sept. 15, 2008, Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. The investment bank’s collapse set off the world’s worst financial crisis in generations.
It was a different time. Donald Trump was a reality star, Tesla was an obscure startup, and Barack Obama was a first-time presidential candidate. To get a sense of what it was like, Quartz collected a selection of tweets from the then two-year-old social media site on that fateful day:
Before the market open: Midnight to 9am
Trading begins: 9:00am to noon
Is this really happening? Noon to 2:00pm
This is bad: 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Heaven help us: 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Fear and loathing: 7:00pm to midnight