Ahead Of The Royal Wedding, Other World-Stopping Television Moments

If reports are to be believed, almost two billion people around the world will be watching the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton tomorrow morning, starting early right before dawn here in Houston at 5 a.m. Those two billion viewers also includes those watching on television and tuning into streaming coverage online on various outlets.

If you are one of the weirdos who will be waking up before you go to work, or why not, just skipping work altogether, to watch someone else's wedding that you will never meet thousands of miles away, you can now download the official program from the event so you can follow along at home. We will just watch King Ralph on VHS instead.

The fanfare-filled wedding of Prince William's parents, Diana Spencer and Prince Charles, was the last huge televised wedding we can remember having a stranglehold on the media to this effect. Americans love real royalty because the closest thing we to it is Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. The wedding joins a hallowed group of television events, some happy, triumphant, but mostly sad, that have been carried live in front of millions, linking everyone watching in a sort of shared consciousness.

Where were you when you saw these events unfold live?

Wedding Of Prince Charles And Diana

Baby Jessica's Rescue

JFK Assassination

Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination

Princess Diana's Car Accident

Apollo 11 Moon Landing

JFK Jr.'s Plane Is Missing

Challenger Explosion

Oklahoma City Bombing

9/11 As It Happened


Michael Jackson, Dead At 50. Ronald Reagan Assassination Attempt Columbia Disaster Japanese Tsunami President Nixon Resigns

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