Top 20 Most Memorable Moments In TV History

What comes to mind when asked “What was the most memorable TV moment in history?” For most Americans, it’s not even close. 9/11.

The unforgettable news coverage of the September 11 terrorist attacks tops the list, according to a new survey. Nielsen and Sony Electronics have just released Americans’ top 20 most memorable TV moments of the last 50 years. Here’s the full list:

  1.  Sept. 11 attacks (2001)
  2.  Hurricane Katrina (2005)
  3.  O.J. Simpson murder verdict (1995)
  4.  Space shuttle Challenger disaster (1986)
  5.  Death of Osama bin Laden (2011)
  6.  O.J. Simpson high-speed car chase (1994)
  7.  Earthquake / tsunami in Japan (2011)
  8.  Columbine school shooting (1999)
  9.  BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (2010)
  10.  Funeral of Princess Diana (1997)
  11.  Death of Whitney Houston (2012)
  12.  Capture and execution of Saddam Hussein (2006)
  13.  Barack Obama acceptance speech (2008)
  14.  Prince William, Kate Middleton wedding (2011)
  15.  Assassination of President Kennedy (1963)
  16.  Oklahoma City federal building bombing (1995)
  17.  Bush/Gore election results (2000)
  18.  Los Angeles riots/Rodney King beating (1992)
  19.  Casey Anthony murder trial verdict (2011)
  20.  Funeral of President Kennedy (1963)

What’s missing from this list? How about the moon landing in 1969? You can’t find much more drama on TV than that. Or the image of Richard Nixon waving goodbye from the steps of the helicopter following his resignation as President.

Can you think of other memorable TV moments that should have been in the top 20?

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