Great moments in history become markers on the timelines of our lives.Personal memories are often framed against world-shaking events. "Was that before 9/11?" we'll ask, or recall an incident as having "happened before Pearl Harbor.''Last July, readers began voting on the most notable national and world events sinceThe Kansas City Star
's founding in 1880. The ballot carried 125 stories compiled from histories, almanacs and archives of The Star.The vote was taken before the Hurricane Katrina disaster, which, given the storm's severity, would probably have ranked among the top 10 choices.