Top Moments in Television History
Commercial television and the development of television goes back a long way but T.V. as we know it today dates back 62 years. In 1951, President Harry Truman spoke at a press conference about officially ending the United States post WWll occupation of Japan. What makes it ‘as T.V. we know today’ is the fact it was broadcast on 87 stations in 47 cities using microwave technology.
Here is what’s considered the most memorable moments in television history:
1. The Apollo 11 moon landing when the first man landed on the moon in 1969.
2. The September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania.
3. Hurricane Katrina when thousands of residents pleaded for help into the T.V. camera.
4. The November 22, 1963 broadcast of Walter Cronkite when he told the nation of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
5. Walter Cronkite denouncing the Vietnam War. February 7, 1968, Cronkite, the most trusted man in America, and not known for giving political opinion, called for an end to the war.
6. The fall of the Berlin Wall in November of 1989.
7. The President of the United States, Richard Nixon, resigning the office of the Presidency. On Augusta 8, 1974, Nixon stepped down after the Watergate scandal.
8. The September 16, 1960 Presidential debate between John F Kennedy and Richard Nixon. Those that listened on radio thought Nixon won the debate but the visual of television showed the clear winner was Kennedy.
9. In 1977 ‘Roots’ was a 12-hour movie that aired over consecutive nights giving birth to the mini-series. It also attracted 85% of all television viewers.
10. The O.J. Simpson slow speed chase in the white Bronco.