9 Of the most terrifying moments ever caught on Live TV

Live TV began in 1957. Before that, most of the television broadcasted was using taped TV shows and movies. Live TV actually changed the way people viewed television before. Instead of scheduled taped shows and movies, now people could get real time happenings around the world. Whether it is sports, political happenings, music and events, we can now watch things happening live.


There have been things that have happened on live TV that sometimes can be pleasant and happy. While sometimes it can be depressing and shocking. Here are some of the most shocking events to take place on Live TV.

9 The O.J. Simpson car chase and trial

O.J Simpson is a retired American football player who was accused of killing his wife Nicole Brown Simpson in 1994. The car chase and trial proceedings telecasted by numerous news stations and garnered huge TV ratings for news channels.


The news helicopters also covered a car chase involving Simpson prior to the trials. This was just a precursor for things to follow in the trial. The trial for the case took place over a 12 month period and it involved the famous line ‘if it doesn’t fit, you must acquit’ said by Simpson’s lawyer presenting the glove which supposedly was worn by Simpson, when he killed his wife.

O.J. Simpson was finally acquitted to the shock of the whole country and all of this was covered by many national and regional TV channels.


8 1972 Munich Olympics massacre

A really sad and terrible event occurring at a very prestigious was viewed live by many shocked and saddened people. Members of terrorist organisation ’Black September’ took Israeli Olympic team members hostage in the 1972 Munich Olympics in Germany.

The whole event lasted 2 days and resulted in death of 11 Israeli athletes. The terrorists were able to watch every move of the police and military, thanks to live coverage of the events by news channels. This also resulted in a botched rescue counter attack attempt by the German military.


7 Rodney King riots in Los Angeles

The Rodney King riots lasted for 4 days and resulted in death of 53 people and over 2000 injuries. The release of 4 police officers who were charged of assault on Rodney King sparked major riots in Los Angeles, which are widely regarded as one the biggest riots in the country.

Thanks to round the clock live coverage, people across the nation got to witness events such as looting, arson, assault and even killings on their TVs in their living rooms. Thousands of people took part in this riot which lasted for over 6 days and resulted in millions of dollars of public and private loss of property in destruction.


6 2011 Japanese Tsunami

The Japanese Tsunami of 2011 caused damages of around $235 billion dollars and overs 13,000 people lost their lives. Hollywood movies glamorised natural disasters, but when images and video footage of the tragedy of Tsunami made uncomfortable viewing for many.

The Tsunami caused waves of over 40 meters and water caused many towns and cities to die in a watery grave. Such a disaster, viewed on live TV made people believe in the force of mother nature.


5 Challenger space shuttle tragedy

January 8th 1986 turned into one of the most tragic days in US history, when space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds into its flight into space, killing all of its 7 crew members. The event was viewed by almost whole of America and parts of world and resulted in shocked reactions from all around the world.

The lift-off happened at scheduled time, despite warnings of cold temperature. The flight had a high school teacher, Christa McAuliffe who was on the shuttle as a part of NASA’s ‘Teachers in space program’. Challenger shuttle’s explosion led to grounding of any flights by NASA for a period of 2 years.


4 Lee Harvey Oswald assassination

Lee Harvey Oswald was the sniper who shot and killed US president John F. Kennedy in 1963 in Dallas Texas. He was arrested initially for the murder of police officer J.D.Tippit, who was shot and killed 45 minutes after President’s assassination.

Oswald himself was shot and killed by a Dallas night club owner Jack Ruby, when he was in process of being transferred from police headquarters to county Jail. The incident was caught on live TV as there were TV cameras of news stations covering the news.


3 Christine Chubbuck’s live on-air suicide

Christine Chubbuck was a Florida based news reporter. She had battled with depression in adult life and had attempted to overdose on medicine once. She asked her station’s news director about doing a piece on suicides and got approval for the same.

She visited local sheriff’s department to talk to officers and gather information on methods of suicide. On the day of the suicide, she sat on the desk of news reporter and read three news reports on live broadcast network. When one of the tapes of the reports got jammed, she continued on and said “In keeping with Channel 40’s policy of bringing you the latest in ‘blood and guts’, and in living color, you are going to see another first — attempted suicide.”

She said that and drew a revolver and shot herself behind her right ear. Several viewers who were watching the news called the station asking whether the shooting was real or not. Chubbuck died 14 hours later in the hospital.



2 The Moon Landing

One of the biggest achievements of mankind was fortunate enough to be caught on tape and was broadcasted live from moon itself. In 1969, the mission of sending a man to moon was accomplished and over 600 million people watched it on television.

Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped on the moon and Armstrong uttered the now famous line “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”


1 9/11 Terrorist attacks on World Trade Center

People who watched television on the morning of September 11, 2001 were in for a visual which shook them to their core. A plane crashed into the World Trade center tower and as soon as major news channels started covering the event, another plane crashed into the second tower of the world famous buildings. The impact and the explosions in the parking lot of the towers brought down the 2 towers.

Before that, the 110 storey towers burned bright even in the daytime in an attack coordinated by terrorist group Al-Qaeda. The day left America with haunting memories in form of videos of the crash and subsequent destruction.


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