10 BIGGEST MOMENTS ON TV
On this day, August 25, 2012, we say good-bye to a special American, Neil Armstrong, the first person to set foot upon the moon. It was July 20, 1969 when Neil Armstrong spoke what must be considered the most famous words of the 20th century, "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." When asked about his experience on the moon, he said: "It's an interesting place to be. I recommend it." His moon walk was famous and ranks among the highest Television viewership.
Here's The Top 10 List
The Checkers Speech.
Richard Nixon, then vice-presidential candidate, defended himself against charges that he kept a secret campaign slush fund with a live speech to the nation on September 23, 1952. His homespun talk included a reference to his dog, Checkers, which he said he would keep "regardless of what they say about it."
The birth of Little Ricky on I Love Lucy, January 19, 1953, caused a stampede to the tube - 70% of all viewers saw it, representing the peak of the interest that CBS had built around Lucille Ball's real-life pregnancy.
Godfrey Axes LaRosa.
Arthur Godfrey was TV's first superstar variety show host. On October 19, 1953 Godfrey thought his show's young crooner, Julius LaRosa, was getting too big, he waited for LaRosa to finish his song - then fired him on the air. "That was Julie's. swan song," said Godfrey - a line that would become famous.
Elvis and The Beatles on Ed Sullivan.
These two events, eight years apart, introduced the rock and roll legends that changed music history forever. Presley swiveled his hips on September 9,1956 (future appearances only from the waist up). John, Paul, George and Ringo hit the airwaves on February 9, 1964.
The Moon Landing.
Some 750 million people saw Neil. Armstrong take his "small step" on the moon, on July 20,1969.
During TV's coverage of the assassination of President Kennedy, millions watched in horror as assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was gunned down by Jack Ruby in the garage of a Dallas police station, November 24, 1963.
All In The Family
Never before had viewers heard hatreds spouted so gleefully by a TV character as when the bigoted Archie Bunker hit the screen on January 23, 1971. Once taboo topics like sex, abortion and racism became common.
Before a rapt nation, the Watergate drama, which had boiled for two years, climaxed with the on-air resignation of an embattled, unapologetic President Nixon on August 9, 1974.
Who Shot J.R.?
The episode of Dallas on November 21, 1980 set a record with 50 million viewers. The mystery of J.R. Ewing's attacker was played to the hilt and the finale revealed Kristin as the culprit rocketing the show to the top of the ratings.
The 251st and last episode of the series was a sentimental experience for 120 million viewers on February 28, 1983, breaking records for a regular series episode.