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    Nielsen's Top 20 News Events

    US centric Top Television news events.

    1. Sept. 11 attacks (2001)

    2. Hurricane Katrina -- the levees break (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) IIRC it was not high speed

    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) Not on my Top 20!

    12. Capture and execution of Saddam Hussein (2006)

    13. Barack Obama acceptance speech (2008)

    14. Prince William, Kate Middleton wedding (2011)

    15. Assassination of John F. Kennedy (1963)

    16. Oklahoma City bombing (1995)

    17. Bush/Gore election results (2000)

    18. Los Angeles riots/Rodney King beating (1992)

    19. Casey Anthony murder trial verdict (2011) I Wish This Would Just Go Away!

    20. Funeral of John F. Kennedy (1963)

    I would have added:
    the Moon landing,
    the Eruption of Mt. St Helens
    the Canadian Ice Storm of 1998

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    I find it funny that they mention Whitney Houston but not Michael Jackson.

    Jackson's death was just as, if not more, shocking than Houston's.

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    I'd have thought the Kennedy assassination would have been WAY higher. And I'm really surprised the moon landing isn't on there.
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    This list is a joke.

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    Explain to me please how Whitney Houston's death is on this list?
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    Because it's recent.

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    The story's headline actually calls these the "most powerful" TV events, which to me is a little different from "Top" events. Still, I'd have the JFK assassination up there with 9/11.
    I guess many of the people surveyed weren't alive or were too young to have been impacted by it.

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    No mention of the 2004 Earthquake/tsunami?

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    The JFK assassination took place nearly 50 years ago. You'd probably have to have been at least, what, 8 years old for it to have really made an impression on you? Older? So I'm not surprised it isn't higher, as anyone under 60 or so probably wasn't old enough or alive yet to really feel it.

    And I didn't even remember about the 2004 Earthquake/tsunami until you mentioned it Like it says, it's US-centric, and our news stations are terrible about reporting International news. Yeah, they reported on it for a time, but then stopped and people forgot about it. The Japan Tsunami, on the other hand, directly impacted us (with the debris arriving in the US now) and was a lot more recent.

    11 of the 20 took places in the 2000s, 6 in the 1990s, and the other 3 before 1990. When people my age are included in the poll, it naturally skews toward recent items.

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    I was 6 when he was killed and it made an impression because everything in the country pretty much stopped for the aftermath. For example, every tv station showed the funeral so if you wanted to watch tv, that's all that was on.

    I think any younger and most people just aren't going to remember because of how memories form.
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    I was 3 yrs old and I remember it very well. JFK's assasination made a huge impact on my family. I remember my older sisters coming home from school. I remember my mom taking to her bed. I remember watching the funeral, seeing JFK Jr. saluting. We were the same age, and I felt so bad for that little boy who lost his daddy.

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    Prince William's wedding made more of an impact than his mother's?

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    Again, it's in recent memory so we feel more connected to it, and a greater number of people who filled out that survey would recall the more recent wedding than the one which occurred in 1981. Someone born in 1981 is currently 30/31, and they'd have to, again, be several years old to care about the wedding in the first place. I wasn't born until 1989.

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    The moon landings were 1969-1972, how many people remember 40-43 years ago?

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    My personal top five would be:

    9/11
    OJ Trial/Verdict
    Diana's death
    2004 Earthquake/Tsunami
    Oklahoma City bombing

    Katrina isn't on my list as I was living it, not watching it on TV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacey View Post
    The moon landings were 1969-1972, how many people remember 40-43 years ago?
    (Raises hand)
    I still have a picture taken on that day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparks View Post
    (Raises hand)
    I still have a picture taken on that day.
    Well I certainly remember it as well. But as has been already said numerous times, the survey included a wide range of ages. People who were born 20 years after the Eagle touched down on the moon wouldn't have any memory of that event -- and it would be past history and unexceptional for most of them, no some momentous "giant step for mankind."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catherine M View Post
    Katrina isn't on my list as I was living it, not watching it on TV.
    I think that's the problem with the story and the list, they are confusing the two-what are the biggest news stories and what were the most watched. The death of WH over men walking on the moon? Give me a break. I can understand why Kennedy's death wouldn't have made the list. It was a big news story but not many saw it on TV like 9-11. The OJ verdict...everyone I knew was glued to their TV and if they weren't around one, they found one somewhere. The Oklahoma City bombing was a huge new story but I wasn't glued to my TV like a royal wedding or funeral because it wasn't a planned event. When the space shuttle took off we were watching to see history being made, the disaster was a horrific coincidence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacey View Post
    The moon landings were 1969-1972, how many people remember 40-43 years ago?
    We're not all dead yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by julieann View Post
    I can understand why Kennedy's death wouldn't have made the list. It was a big news story but not many saw it on TV like 9-11.
    But it WAS like 9/11. Of course we didn't see the actual assassination, but the aftermath had everyone glued to the TV for days, at least until after the funeral. Remember, there were no cable or satellite channels. We had three networks; nothing else was on. As far as impact, this event is generally spoken of as the one that changed the way news is reported and followed on TV in this country.

    JFK vs. 9/11: it's a tie in my book.

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