The dawn of television news in the 1940’s brought the ability of national and international stories to enter our homes front and center with images and sound. Since then there have been several events that forever will stay in our minds and will be synonymous with the era of television news.
Here’s my top ten list. I know there are some missing, so what events would you add?
1) The assassination of JFK (1963) “Do you remember where you were when John F. Kennedy was shot?” A question which has been asked over and over again to those who lived that fateful day.
2) The Civil Rights Movement (1960s) The struggle for equal rights and the violence of this decade was shown and Americans could see the ugly reality of what was taking place. Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination was also
3) The Challenger Explosion (1986) The country’s most famous teacher, Christa McAuliffe was set to become the first teacher in space when tragedy struck 73 seconds into the Challenger’s flight and exploded before ever reaching space.
4) OJ Simpson Murder Trial (1994) The Ford Bronco was never the same after this. Who could forget the famous chase which seemed to be seen by everyone on earth? And don’t forget the famous line spoken by the late Johnnie Cochran, “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.”
5) The Monica Lewinsky Scandal (1998) Yes, I had to include this. Political figures love to be involved in scandals and this one took the cake in the 90’s. Sex scandals were much publicized after this one and President Bill Clinton somehow escaped without too much injury.
6) Columbine (1999) School shootings were about to increase after this horror took place. A school shooting in Paducah, Kentucky two years earlier was also in the news but the number of those who died and were injured surpassed anything this country had ever seen. 12 students lost their lives.
7) The 2000 Presidential Election. Can you say ‘hanging chads?’ The presidential election of 2000 showed the election process is severely flawed. It left most of us shaking our heads in disbelief that in the Y2K, this could still happen.
8) September 11, 2001.
9) Barack Obama Becomes the Nation’s First Black President. (2009). History was made as he was inaugurated in January, 2009.
10) Sandy Hook (2012) The horror of this day cannot be imagined for us who were not directly affected. Coverage was unbearable and seemed to be too much as the media did not leave the small town of Newtown, Connecticut for a long time. I cannot even type what took place but if you don’t know by now, please search online, if necessary.
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