On July 16, 1969, three astronauts left for the moon on the apollo 11 spacecraft. Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin were the only passengers. When they landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong said his famous words, "One small step for a man, one giant leap for man kind." Around three hours later they left for Earth again and arrived on July 20, 1969. As Armstrong said, this was a giant leap for mankind. It was a huge, meaningful breakthrough for not just America, but the world.
September 11, 2001, was one of the most impactful and frightening moments in many people's live. The day started off clear and sunny, but at 8:45 AM the World Trade Centers North Tower was attacked by a Boeing plane. The second Boeing came shortly and smashed into the South Tower. Debris covered part of Manhattan. It was so sudden and people say that they remember exactly where they were when 9/11 happened.
While Ellen Degeneres did technically come out on the cover of Time, she did come out on television on April 30, 1997. Ellen didn't used to have a talk show, but had a sit-com. She came out on the puppy episode. She was the first openly gay leading character on tv. She later discussed the worlds reaction on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and shared how she felt about the worlds reaction. Sadly, her shows rating went down and the world didn't seem ready for an openly gay character on tv. But after decades her career began to grow again, and blossomed into a popular talk show. While things didn't change like she thought they might in the beginning, Ellen was able to stay true to herself and work hard to get what she deserved.
While television shows grew and changed with the times, so did tv's. Televisions were built very bulky in the beginning. When technology got more advanced, screens got bigger and flatter. It is important to not just look at the evolution of television shows, but what those shows were watched on throughout the last 90 years.
Many memorable tv moments have been scary or monumental moments in America, but some moments can be from American entertainment. Not only was this to most watched NFL Super Bowl in History, but it was also the most watched television broadcast of all time. Super Bowl XLIX had 120.8 viewers with the New England Patriots playing the Seattle Seahawks. The game was very controversial, seeing as the Seahawks looked like the clear winners until the last couple minutes of the game. The Patriots were able to pull through in the 4th quarter with a winning score of 28. This game was riveting and had football lovers on the edges of their seats.
Martin Luther King Jr's inspirational speech, "I Have a Dream", was known worldwide and is still known and taught in schools all around the world. MLK's speech touched many people, even though segregation and racism were very present. He was able to be a role model for everyone who is brave enough to take a stand. He chose to use his voice when others couldn't. While not many adults today will remember this moment on television, even children know the legacy MLK left.
Most people don't imagine tragic news stories to be simple news stories, but baby Jessica proved them wrong. on October 14, 1987, Jessica McClure fell down a well in Midland, Texas. Jessica was only 18 months old when she fell, and it took a total of 58 hours to rescue her from the well in her aunts backyard. Americans around the country gathered to watch this frightening news story. Baby Jessica's story was on the cover of every magazine and was on every news channel. Her life or death story had American's gather together to watch what would happen.