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

Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

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

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.