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12 Extraordinary Events Caught On Live TV


As media and technology improves, journalism and reporting have been able to capture footage of the most insane global events. Documentation and broadcasting of these shocking, history making moments helps to keep humans connected. Over the years, some monumental and pivotal events have been captured by cameras and live television with viewers sitting at home watching. Some of these moments include:

  • Natural Disasters
  • Crime
  • Death

A lot has happened over the past few decades and it’s important to document and remember these moments in history so that we can learn and move forward from previous mistakes.

The documentation game has changed in recent years with smartphones and social media usage growing rapidly. Anything can be documented and shared with a vast audience, but we’ve compiled a list of the top 12 insane events to take place on live television.  

Lee Harvey Oswald Murder: Following President Kenny’s assassination, former marine Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the murder of police officer J.D Tippit and later charged for the murder of Kennedy. When being transferred from city jail to county jail, Oswald was fatally shot by nightclub owner Jack Ruby and the entire ordeal was captured in plain sight on live television.

Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster: In what was supposed to be an exciting event to go down in history ended up being a disaster as within seconds of lift off, the Shuttle exploded in mid air. The disaster took place on January 28, 1986 and with Teacher Krista McCallum on board and hundreds of students watching, it was intended to be the first of it’s kind. News of the disaster spread quickly through other networks.

Manila Hostage Crisis: This horrendous event involving a jaded former Police officer from the Philippines named Rolando Mendoza who hijacked a tourist bus carrying 25 people. He believed he had been dismissed unfairly and demanded a fair trial. The ten hour standoff ended in police arresting Mendoza which lead to him opening fire. The bus driver happened to escape but all the passengers and Mendoza died in the shoot off.

The Waco Siege: On April 19th, 1993 a siege took place on a ranch that belonged to a group of “Branch Dravidian”. The group separated from the Seventh-day Adventist Church and was led by David Koresh. They lived at the Mount Carmel Center ranch in Elk, Texas. The group was suspected of having firearms and a search and arrest warrant was granted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). After refusing the search, the fiery shoot out ended up becoming a 51 day siege killing 76 people, including Koresh.

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