#12 O.J. Simpson car chase
Even before the trials were held, the public already witnessed O.J. Simpson driving away from authorities as news helicopters followed him. He was accused of murdering his wife, but he was acquitted in the end.
#11 Los Angeles Rodney King Riots
These massive riots occurred for days and caused the deaths of a staggering 53 people. Likewise, more than 2,000 people were injured. All of these happened because people were angry at the fact that the police officers who assaulted Rodney King were eventually released.
#10 Japanese Tsunami in 2011
This horrific natural disaster led to the deaths of more than 13,000 people and the destruction of property worth more than around $235 billion. The waves were more than 40 meters high and so many people were never to be found.
#9 Challenger Space Shuttle Explosion
#8 Assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald
Lee Harvey Oswald was infamous for being the sniper who killed John F. Kennedy back in 1963. He also killed a police officer named J.D. Tippit on the same day he killed the U.S. President. As he was being sent to county jail, a club owner named Jack Ruby shot him to death.
#7 On-Air Suicide of Christine Chubbuck
She was a news reporter in Florida who was suffering from depression. Chubbuck even asked to do a segment on suicide, and it was approved. As she was reading news reports, she suddenly said that viewers would witness the very first attempted suicide on Channel 40. Chubbuck used a revolver to shoot herself in the ear.
#6 Tourist Hostage Crisis in Manila
#5 JetBlue Airways Flight 292 Landing
This was an emergency landing like no other. What made this incident phenomenal was the fact that people inside the plane actually saw what was happening outside because of live TV. Thankfully, no one perished.
#4 Destruction of Saddam Hussein’s Statue
On April 9, 2003, soldiers from the United States and the civilians in Iraq managed to topple Hussein’s statue. Many people celebrated this occasion and thought that it was a good sign of things to come.
#3 Shock and Awe
Once the United States got on to the Iraq War after the horrendous 9/11 terrorist attack, people witnessed ‘Operation: Shock and Awe’ right in the comfort of their homes. It was a real, controversial war that involved human lives at stake.
#2 9/11 Terrorist Attack
A plane suddenly crashed into the World Trade Center, but people still weren’t sure if it was just a terrible accident. But when a second plane hit the second tower, people knew that it was a terrorist attack. This attack singlehandedly changed airport security and led to a bloody war, supposedly against terrorism.
#1 The Moon Landing
This might not involve death, but this is shocking because the world at the time was not as advanced as it is today. Nobody really realised that humanity was capable of going to the moon. More than 600 million people witnessed one of the greatest events in human history.