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1. Streaker Robert Opel ran across the stage during the 1974 Academy Awards Show.
On April 2, 1974, host David Niven was getting ready to introduce Elizabeth Taylor to the stage when 33-year-old Robert Opel flashed a peace sign and his naked body on stage. How did the streaker get in? He reportedly used a press badge.
Sadly, Opel was murdered in 1979 during a robbery of "Fey-Way Studios," where he showcased gay male art.
2. Reporter Christine Chubbuck committed suicide on air in 1974.
On July 15, 1974, reporter Christine Chubbuck showed up to work to read the morning news lives for WXLT-TV in Florida.
“In keeping with Channel 40's policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts," she said. "And in living color, you are going to see another first: attempted suicide."
At that moment, she pulled out a gun and shot herself on air.
Chubbuck had suffered from depression, something that her workplace was unaware of at the time.
3. Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
During the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye interrupted pop star Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech for "Best Female Video."
"Yo, Taylor, I'm really happy for you, I'ma let you finish," he said. "But Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time! One of the best videos of all time!"
Kanye and Taylor seem to be fine today and have even joked about this incident.
4. The tragic events of September 11, 2001 were captured on live TV.
Our hearts grow weak at the thought of 9/11 when the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan were completely destroyed by a terrorist attack. It wasn't clear what was happening at first, but when cameras caught a second plane hitting the South Tower, viewers began to understand the gravity of the tragic event. It's one of those events that people can recall where they were and exactly what they were doing when it happened.
5. Comedian Tina Fey bid David Letterman a sweet goodbye in 2015.
Tina Fey is a woman beyond any man's imagination, a truth she proves time and time again. In honor of David Letterman's departure from The Late Show, she asked him to unzip her dress so she could offer it to him as a gift. She then stripped down to her Spanx. You can tell Letterman was happy with his retirement surprise. What do we think? Tina Fey has an amazing body for a mother of two!
6. Remember Nicki Minaj's nip slip on Watch What Happens Live in 2014?
The beloved artist and entertainer was talking with host Andy Cohen when she suffered from another nip slip. The "Anaconda" rapper was reportedly very embarrassed, especially after hundreds of viewers online tweeted about the moment.
7. In 1986, viewers looked on as the Challenger shuttle exploded nearly a minute after takeoff.
It's heartbreaking to look back on the Challenger, which went into flight on January 28, 1986. Seventy-three seconds after heading upwards, the shuttle exploded. This happened due to cold temperatures that morning, which prevented the O-rings from working.
The mission had many goals, including expanding such expeditions to regular civilians, such as that of school teacher Christa McAuliffe, who was chosen by NASA as part of their Teacher in Space program.
Today, we look back on the crew as heroes. These people were: Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judy Resnik, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair, Michael Smith and Ellison Onizuka.
8. Britney Spears and Madonna Kiss at the 2003 MTV VMAs.
Leave it up to the VMAs to shock and delight you year after year. In 2003, iconic pop star Madonna danced alongside sweetheart Britney Spears before pulling her into a French Kiss. Christina Aguilera got in on the action too, but most people don't remember that bit.
9. Steve Harvey announced the wrong winner at Miss Universe 2015.
Just last year, experienced Steve Harvey had a major hiccup when he announced Ariadna Gutierrez, Miss Colombia 2015, as the winner of Miss Universe 2015. The real winner was Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Philippines 2015. Both women took the error with the utmost grace.
10. Ashlee Simpson got caught lip synching during her 2004 SNL performance.
One can assume that part of the reason why we don't see Ashlee Simpson's name in the headlines anymore is because of her lip synching fiasco on SNL. She was preparing to sing her second song when "Pieces of Me" cued back up again.
11. Lee Harvey Oswald's murder was captured on air in 1963.
JFK was one of history's most beloved presidents, so hearts all over the world were shaken when Lee Harvey Oswald took his life on November 22, 1963.
Two days later, a nightclub owner by the name of Jack Ruby shot Oswald as officers prepared to transfer him from a Dallas police station to a county jail. His motives are still being debated today.
12. Reporters braved the dangerous conditions to provide live footage of Hurrican Katrina in 2005.
The Weather Channel, among other reporters, made it through the storm to show the world one of the costliest natural disasters in the history of the U.S.
Fatalities were estimated at least 1,245, and the property damage added up to about $108 billion. The live footage showed the flooding, bodies, damaged towns, and recovery efforts.
13. Justin Timberlake stripped Janet Jackson during the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show in 2004.
People are divided on this live TV moment. Some believe that it was staged because of Janet Jackson's nipple shield as well as the lyrics sung by JT, "I'll have you naked by the end of this song." The incident is referred to as Nipplegate, in which the media portrayed declining morals in the U.S.
14. In a historic event, the Berlin Wall was finally torn down in 1989.
In November 1989, the world watched as the long awaited unification of Germany finally came into fruition. The event was celebrated by German citizens and international supporters, who described the act as the physical strike against communism.
15. Networks announced the winner of the 2000 presidential election prematurely.
On November 7, 2000, major news networks made a very, very big mistake. The world was watching and waiting to see who would be the next American president, Al Gore or George Bush.
At about 8 PM EST, several networks announced that Al Gore had won the presidency due. They believed this because of calls they made to Florida, which would swung the election in his favor. One by one, starting with CNN, they were forced to recant their statements.
16. Zinedine Zidane headbutt Marco Materazzi at the 2006 World Cup Final.
The now retired French footballer Zinedine Zidane, called Zizou, headbutted Marco Materazzi in the final against Italy at the 2006 World Cup. And he still earned the Golden Ball for player of the tournament. He's got some major skills.
17. In 1994, O.J. Simpson was pursued by police in his white Bronco before going to trial for the murder of his wife.
Can you believe that it's been 22 years since O.J. Simpson's case? The former running back hopped in his white Ford Bronco, leading Los Angeles police on a highs speed chase. The pursuit lasted for about 90 minutes. Simpson fled because detectives found evidence linking him to to the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.
18. CNN captured live footage of the destruction caused by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
The world watched in fear at the footage of March 11, when a magnitude-9 earthquake struck northeastern Japan, triggering a frightening tsunami.
The strong country is still recovering from the disaster today. According to Japan's Reconstruction Agency, over 200,000 people who lost their homes remained in temporary housing four years after it happened. The Japanese government estimated about $300 billion USD in damages.
19. The Waco siege, which ended in flames, was recorded in 1993.
In 1993, the ATF raised the Branch Davidian compound with the purpose of serving arrest and search warrants. The branch was under investigation for illegal possession of firearms and explosives.
The raid escalated into a gun battle, which resulted in the deaths of six Davidians and four government agents. That's when the FBI took over and were challenged by a standoff, one that lasted 51 days.
A controversial fire broke out killing a total of 76 people, including Branch Davidian leader David Koresh.
20. Dale Earnhardt died instantly when he crashed his vehicle in the final lap of Dayton 500 in 2001.
Dale Earnhardt was well known for stock car racing for NASCAR and for winning 76 Winston Cup races and seven NASCAR Winston Cup championships. He is considered one of the greatest drivers in racing history.
At the 2001 Dayton 500, he crashed his car in the final lap and died of blunt force trauma to the head.
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