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DAY IN THE LIFE

The day the economy broke, in tweets

An image of the Lehman Brothers building.
AP Photo/Mark Lennihan
The day that was.
  • Dan Kopf
By Dan Kopf

Data editor

Published This article is more than 2 years old.

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:

Monday, September 15th, 2008 (All times US Eastern)

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

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