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What is the first news story you remember being broadcast on television (as a child)?

Mine was on a television like this, in black and white and it was of the assassination of JFK.
SweetMae · 61-69, F
The first memory of the news was the Cuban missle crisis.
SweetMae · 61-69, F
@Driver2 I was afraid because of how the adults around me were acting.
Driver2 · M
@SweetMae I was afraid because I had no that we could all be killed so easy .
Do you remember the daisy commercial?
It only played once
SweetMae · 61-69, F
@Driver2 That was frightful for any child. It is on UTube.
Fluffybull · F
Probably John Lennon being shot. It wasn't on the TV I heard it, but the radio, when I was waiting for the bus to school.
RubySoo · 51-55, F
In 1975 a young woman named Lesley Whittle was kidnapped here in the Uk and it was all over the news. They kept showing photo fits of her kidnapper and they nicknamed him 'the Black Panther' because of the clothes he wore. I was 7/8 at the time and for some reason this story caught my imagination and scared me quite a lot!
Lugubri0 · 56-60, M
@RubySoo She was found in a park near where I grew up. It scared us all too.
RubySoo · 51-55, F
@Lugubri0 it was a horrible case. Poor girl. X
Carla · 61-69, F
Mine was kennedy as well.
I was four. I think i remember it so clearly because my mother took our little black and white and put it on the kitchen table to watch. And she cried.
Both very unusual.
Was your Mom a furniture mover??

Carla · 61-69, F

JustNik · 46-50, F
I was usually scarce at home when the folks were watching TV, but Mr, Schallau brought one in to 7th grade homeroom so we could watch the first teacher go into space. That was when the Challenger exploded.
fun4us2b · M
It was JFK for me also...

We had a Zenith with a Space Command Remote - those buttons triggered little internal chimes which changed the channels and volume - ours was B&W not color like this one...

Ontheroad · 61-69, M
@fun4us2b We didn't have a remote yet - we were the remote for mom and dad.
GLITTER · 36-40, F
Princess Diana dying - it was very confusing watching the news reports over and over again on the 4 channels we had at the time
Harmonium1923 · 51-55, M
@GLITTER OMG you are so young! 💜
Byron8by7 · M
The 1960 presidential debate, between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon:

StormRider · M
The murder of John Lennon during the superbowl, reported by Howard Cosell
We had a single black and white TV upstairs. Every day I would watch Lost in Space, other half hour shows like Hogan's Heroes, the Jetson's.

I wasn't supposed to change the station because the knob was dicey. But I did. I would watch Walter Cronkite report the news. Back when news was news and not a reality boutique.

The first and only story I watched was the Vietnam War. I did this every day when I was four and five. I really had no context. It was hard getting my parents to talk about it frankly. So I just kept watching it.

It fucked with my head. I remember it creating this huge ambivalence playing with my green army men. And then I got a GI Joe. I still played with them, but there was this reality there were connected to that I saw on TV.

Not having a clue watch I was watching really fucked with me. I remember not sleeping one night and getting up and asking my folks if I would get drafted. If my dad would get drafted. Then my folks knew I was watching Cronkite.
caPnNathanael · 26-30, M
Probably when the hurricane Katrina hit back in 2005
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
Yeah I think JFK assassination although I was already familiar with Walter Conkite I don’t remember any story sticking in my mind till this one. We were out of school for Thanksgiving weekend and glued to the tv watching while Oswald got shot by Jack Ruby. Good thing the tv was b&w back then.
Ontheroad · 61-69, M
@cherokeepatti I don't think I really grasped it until mom explained it all. I knew it was important, but the president being assassinated was a new concept.
Driver2 · M
President Kennedy was shot , yea I’m old
hunkalove · 61-69, M
I never watched much TV. It was my father's property and off-limits when he was home. But i began reading a newspaper everyday when I was about 7. I remember the Kennedy/Nixon election in 1960 when i was 10.
Asmae · 31-35, F
I remember that they broadcasted pics from planet Mars back in the 90s. I must've been 7 or 8. It's a fuzzy memory but there was something that looked like a table, lol
Imsleepy · 26-30
9/11. I was in third grade. We all got to leave school early. I remember some of the teachers were crying. None of us kids really knew what was going on.
Crazywaterspring · 61-69, M
Walter Cronkite reporting the day's casualties from the war in Viet Nam.
Virgo79 · 56-60, M
@Crazywaterspring same.
Thats back when they reported what was happening, insted of trying to make you believe whats happening.
Crazywaterspring · 61-69, M
@Virgo79 LBJ knew when Cronkite started reporting the war it had been lost. The reporter knew it was a civil war and the US was not supporting the "winning" side. Cold War. Communists everywhere crap.
Michael Jackson holding his baby over the balcony. Idk that's just the first thing I ever remember seeing on TV in the news
markansas · 61-69, M
The death of Elvis, I was 4 years old, I cried and cried as I was convinced that I was going to marry him when I grew up
Probably Princess Diana dying. And I wasn't even that young but it's the only one I remember of any relevance.
Starcrossed · 41-45, F
The Challenger explosion. I remember the teachers in school not knowing how to explain what happened.
Torsten · 31-35, M
I have always avoided the news, especially so as a kid but one news story that was unavoidable was 9/11
Elvis dying in the bathroom when he was trying to get a drink of water from the toilet
QueenofPentacles · 46-50, F
Mine was the Challenger explosion, I was home from school that day, sick.
Lugubri0 · 56-60, M
I think it was probably the first moon landing when I was 5
Skippyskiptic · 41-45, M
The Oklahoma City bombing.
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
@Skippyskiptic Yeah that one affected the young kids here. My daughter had a seizure from the stress. She saw classmates running down the hallways in hysterics because their parents worked at a building that the walls collapsed. One father lost his leg and others died. We all were traumatized even if we had no loved ones involved in it because people we knew had someone affected. The stories kept coming on a personal level.
hippyjoe1955 · 61-69, M
@cherokeepatti such a sad day that could have been prevented had the Clintons not been in office. The Clintons caused the Waco disaster and the Waco disaster was the direct lead to the Oklahoma Bombing. So very very sad. I remember hearing the news on the radio and the woman doing the reporting signed off as Tara Blume. I looked at my wife and said Tara Blume? We know a Tara Blume, Her parents used to attend the same church we did. A few months later we met Tara Blume's parents and asked them if that was their daughter. They said yes she was the first reporter on the scene. Small world. Tara and I rode the same bus to school. I was in grade 12 and she was in grade 1.
Pakistan attacked india in 1999.
A kidnapper eluding police.
MethDozer · M
Challenger explosion. 6 years old
Scribbles · 31-35, F
My Grandparents had a tv like that :)

The first really memorable news stories that caught my interest as a kid was about Nelson Mandela, some Los Angeles Riots, and I think 60 minutes did something on the Rwandan Genocide. Because I remember crying about that.
Stereoguy · 56-60, M
Kennedy's assignation.
TexChik · F
Oklahoma City bombing
REMsleep · 41-45, F
Maybe the Challenger disaster. I was in first grade so we didn't watch it but I think that I vaugely remember other classes talking about it. Then in 3rd grade our teacher showed us the news about it.
helenS · 36-40, F
The opening of the Berlin wall in November 1989. I was almost four. My parents thought WWIII is about to begin, and my grandparents were devastated because they were communists.
Jeephikelove · 46-50, F
Main one that comes to mind was The Challenger explosion, our teacher rolled in the TV put on CBC and we had to watch it over and over all day. 😔
markansas · 61-69, M
markansas · 61-69, M
markansas · 61-69, M
hippyjoe1955 · 61-69, M
I remember JFK but it was on the radio since we didn't have a TV until 68. I think the first big story I remember on TV was the moon landing.
Coralmist · 36-40, F
The Rodney King beating.. 1991. I was 9,
I remember it being told over and over and I was just horrified.
The biggest story I remember was the Berlin Wall coming down
Desert storm, or challenger blowing up
They shot Martin Luther King, today.
It's over -. Finally!
I dont pay attention to news
Catzgano · 26-30, F
I don’t remember watching the newd
What was your previous username?
DavyPNW · 56-60, M
The moon landing
Penny · F
John Lennon got shot.
Rolexeo · 26-30, M
Band Aid - starving kids in Africa.

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