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The 20 “Most Impactful Televised Events” of All Time

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How many hours have we spent in front of the television set watching whatever it is that we’ve been watching.  Some of it has had an impact on our lives in any number of ways.  Well, Sony and Nielsen have collaborated on a study to determine the “most impactful televised events” in history . . . and perhaps not surprisingly, the September 11th attacks came in at #1.

The goal of the study was to determine an “Impact Score” to show which events “caused visceral reactions that are embedded in our memories.”  This is the stuff that became monumental, primarily because of what we saw on TV.

They figured out how many people watched each event live, asked people if they remembered details about what they saw . . . and asked if they remembered talking about watching it with others.

Here’s the Top 20:

1.)  The Attacks of 9/11  (2001)

2.)  The Levees Breaking During Hurricane Katrina  (2005)

3.)  The O.J. Simpson Verdict  (1995)

4.)  The Challenger Space Shuttle Disaster (1986)

5.)  The Killing of Osama bin Laden  (2011)

6.)  The O.J. Simpson White Bronco Chase (1994)

7.)  The Japan Earthquake  (2011)

8.)  The Columbine Attacks (1999)

9.)  The BP Gulf Oil Spill  (2010)

10.)  Princess Diana’s Funeral  (1997)

11.)  The Death of Whitney Houston  (2012)

12.)  The Capture and Execution of Saddam Hussein  (2006)

13.)  Barack Obama’s Acceptance Speech  (2008)

14.)  The Royal Wedding  (2011)

15.)  The Assassination of John F. Kennedy  (1963)

16.)  The Oklahoma City Bombing  (1995)

17.)  The Bush / Gore Election Results (2000)

18.)  The L.A. Riots (1992)

19.)  The Casey Anthony Verdict (2011)

20.)  The Funeral of John F. Kennedy  (1963)

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