TV's Most Impactful Moments in the Past 50 Years
Nielson and Sony Electronics surveyed TV watchers on the most impactful TV moments in their lives. This was based on not only impact, but also if people remember where they were when watching and if they discussed it with other people. The results look like this:
1. September 11th terrorist attacks (2001).
2. Hurricane Katrina (2005).
3. The O.J. Simpson verdict (1995).
4. The Challenger space shuttle explodes (1986).
5. Death of Osama bin Laden (2011).
6. The O.J. Simpson White Bronco chase (1994).
7. The Japanese earthquake and tsunami (2011).
8. Columbine school shooting (1999).
9. BP oil spill in Gulf of Mexico (2010).
10. Princess Diana’s funeral (1997).
11. Death of Whitney Houston (2012).
12. Capture and execution of Saddam Hussein (2006).
13. Barack Obama Election Night speech (2008)
14. Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton (2011).
15. John F. Kennedy assassination (1963).
16. Oklahoma City bombing (1995).
17. Bush/Gore disputed election (2000).
18. Los Angeles riots that followed the Rodney King beating (1992).
19. Casey Anthony murder trial verdict (2011).
20. John F. Kennedy funeral (1963).
I wasn't surprised about 9/11because that would be my pick, too... but I expected the Challenger explosion to be higher than #4. When I read the headline to this article, my first thought was, "Oh, the Challenger will be high on this list." O.J. Simpson? C'mon. The whole "discussed with other people" aspect must have helped propel that one to #3. Also interesting (to me, anyway), is that most of the celebrity events are more recent, aside from Princess Diana's death.
What would you pick as your most impactful TV moment?
Tags : Topics : Disaster_Accident, Human Interest, Social IssuesSocial : Disaster_Accident, Human Interest, Social IssuesLocations : Gulf Of Mexico, Los Angeles, Oklahoma CityPeople : Barack Obama, Casey Anthony, Diana, John F. Kennedy, Kate Middleton, O.J. Simpson, Osama bin Laden, Rodney King, Saddam Hussein, Whitney Houston, William