There was one point in the past when television was the best media to get informed and be entertained. Way before social media such as Facebook and Instagram were present, TV was the biggest thing. Everyone wanted to own one, and everyone wanted to go through the variety of channels. There are certain happenings throughout the years that caused such a huge gathering of people in front of their TV’s that they broke all possible records. Check out some of the most-watched events that also have a significant place in history.
Wedding Of Lady Diana And Prince Charles
Lady Diana Spencer got married to Prince Charles on July 29, 1981. At that time there were no social media, so people could only turn to television for information. News spread considerably slower compared to today. When the biggest royal wedding in history occurred, over 750 million people tuned in to watch it. It happened at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. There are so many huge historic happenings, yet this is among the most-watched events ever. Over 600.000 people gathered in front of the church to witness the wedding.
Although there are much more interesting moments in the relationship between Diana and Charles, the world’s attention was completely focused on their big day back in 1981. The bride wore a stunning gown by British former couple Elizabeth and David Emanuel. Her statement wedding dress is still rated as one of the best in history. The influence her style had on people is really jaw-dropping.
First Step On The Moon
Aside from being one of the most important happenings in mankind history, the first step on the moon is also the most-watched event on TV. Neil Armstrong, Michael Collings, and Edwin Aldrin are the three heroes who embarked on a journey to the moon. They launched on July 16, 1961, and landed on the moon four days later. During their trip, the three NASA astronauts went live several times. Armstrong is the one who actually did the first step on the moon. The estimated number of people who watched the event is over half a billion. At that time, less than 50 million people in America had TVs. If this happened today it would definitely be the most-watched even ever.
“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”- are the famous words that Armstrong said once he stepped on the moon.
The Rumble In The Jungle
Everyone who is older than 50 remembers this one. It might be the biggest boxing match in history. Muhammad Ali fought against the then-undefeated heavyweight champion George Foreman. The match happened on October 30, 1974, at Kinshasa, Zaire. Today this is a part of the Republic of Congo. The estimated number of viewers is around 1 billion. The number of people present at the boxing match was 60,00. Although no one thought that Ali could win, he scored a champions trophy in the eight round. George got knocked out and that is how Muhammad gained even more popularity. The Rumble In The Jungle is also known as one of the most talked-about and biggest sports events of the 20th century.
Funeral Of Princess Diana
Over 2.5 billion people gathered in front of their TV’s to say goodbye to Princess Diana. On August 3, 1997, Diana and her alleged lover were killed in a car accident. The funeral was broadcasted live on television, with a record viewership in Britain. The coffin was taken from the Westminster Abbey to her final resting place in Northamptonshire.