Top 10 Televised Events

Top 10 Televised Events



thanks to this medium of telecommunication we'll never forget when these happen welcome to watchmojo.com and today we're counting down our picks for the top 10 televised events for this list we've chosen memorable moments or events that had an important impact on Western television history and history itself number 10 the mash series finale after 11 seasons the medical unit of the Mobile Army surgical hospital hung up their stethoscopes for the last time with their 250 first episode okay boys and girls time to do something intelligent since I seem to be the only intelligent person here I nominate me all in favor say aye / 105 million American viewers tuned in to say goodbye farewell and on men to the revolutionary anti war comedy the two and a half hours show became the most watched television finale in American history and cemented the series iconic pop-culture status Colonel before you go we've been thinking about it and there's a little something we'd like to give you it's not much but it comes from the heart number nine the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana with Lady Diana Spencer emerging from the glass coach with a silk taffeta wedding dress and a 25 foot long train to marry Charles in front of 3,500 people this was truly a fairytale wedding listen to this welcome [Applause] over 750 million people worldwide gathered around their TVs for this wedding of the century the princess became such a beloved public figure that two billion watched her funeral in 1997 number 8 the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show ladies and gentlemen teenage girls went wild when the Fab Four brought Beatle mania to North America in 1964 with 73 million viewers their February 9th appearance gave Sullivan the best ratings of his career and set a u.s. record as one of the highest-rated non-sport shows ever The Beatles performance also sparked the British Invasion and opened the door for other UK acts to break into the u.s. number seven the space shuttle Challenger disaster and liftoff of the 25th space shuttle mission and it has cleared the tower with teacher Christa McAuliffe on board and hundreds of schoolchildren watching in real-time the Challenger launch was to be the first of its kind though CNN transmitted the sole live broadcast news of the disaster spread like wildfire through other networks because the media focused on the stories human element and tragic moments for dramatic effect it became a hot topic for several weeks and changed future news reporting we'd never had a tragedy like this and perhaps we've forgotten the courage it took for the crew of the shuttle number six the OJ Simpson Ford Bronco car chase Bob we are witnessing tonight a modern tragedy and drama of Shakespearean proportion being played out live on television while the trial of the century was televised for 134 days and the verdict announcement attracted over 100 million viewers it was Simpsons 1994 slow-speed Bronco escape that really captivated Americans after being charged with Nicole Brown Simpson's and Ron Goldman's murders the juice led cops on a two-hour car chase that was caught on tape by news helicopters 95 million watched the live broadcast once networks disrupted their TV schedules people are going to the freeway parking their cars and waving at oh gee we're told as they drive by number 5 the first televised presidential debate between Richard Nixon and John F Kennedy the candidates need no introduction the Republican candidate vice president Richard Nixon and the Democratic candidate Senator John F Kennedy one of the most critical moments of the 1960 US presidential campaign was the first debate between Nixon and Kennedy as the first televised presidential debate the momentous historical occasion showcased the impact television could have in politics well obviously my views yes in contrast to the sickly-looking Nixon Kennedy appeared healthy and confident on screen and this allegedly convinced many that he was the debates victor only you can decide what you want what you want this country to be what you want to do with the future I think we're ready to move and it is to that great task that we're successful that we were address myself number four the Tiananmen Square protests as the Beijing student protests turned into the Tiananmen Square massacre the Western world witnessed social unrest in a foreign and unreachable location for the first time via their TVs in China the will of the people has been thwarted by the will of the People's Government though most networks were barred from broadcasting the violent military crackdown their real-time reporting went on to boost live television coverage of international events it also influenced Western policymakers to implement economic sanctions and arms restrictions on China on the streets leading down to the main road to Tiananmen Square furious people stared in disbelief at the glow in the sky listening to the sound of shots number three the assassination and funeral of John F Kennedy the assassination of the 35th President of the United States assured in the age of TV news by giving people instant access to unfolding developments through moving pictures the flash apparently official President Kennedy died at 1:00 p.m. Central Standard Time two days after JFK's death NBC aired continuous footage of the overnight public viewing his funeral was then watched by approximately 180 million on television the next day millions also witnessed the shooting of sniper Lee Harvey Oswald in a real-time broadcast number two the Apollo 11 moon landing this giant leap for mankind' was also a giant leap for the United States the live television broadcast of astronaut Neil Armstrong small step for men placed America at the head of the space race though he set foot at 10:56 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time over 500 million people around the world experienced history in the making thanks to the magic of television the recorded footage took less than 1.5 seconds to reach Earth number one the September 11th attacks everyone remembers where they were what they were doing and what they felt when they heard news of the shocking al Qaeda terrorist attacks it appears that the there is more and more fire and smoke in developing the very top of the building moments after the World Trade Center was hit media outlets quickly picked up live feeds that glued worldwide audiences to their TV sets coverage of the tragedy and it's aftermath changed the way Western news was reported globally and became the lengthiest continuous news event to be covered in American television freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward and freedom will be defended ever since television has been part of our lives it has captured some of history's biggest moments both good and bad for more top 10s about other important events be sure to subscribe to watchmojo.com

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