In recognition of the 75th Emmy Awards, the Television Academy put together a ranking of the 75 most impactful TV moments.  Here are the Top 10:

1.  In 1969 after Apollo 11 landed on the moon, Neil Armstrong said, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

2.  Live coverage of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001.

3.  The Beatles’ performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964.

4.  The premiere episode of the miniseries “Roots” in 1977.

5.  CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite announcing the death of President John F. Kennedy on November 22nd, 1963.

6.  Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his iconic “I have a dream” speech at the March on Washington on August 28th, 1963.

7.  “Episode 1065” of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” when Mister Rogers invites Officer Clemmons, who was black, to share a wading pool on a hot day.  It aired May 9th, 1969.

8.  The series finale of “M*A*S*H” called “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” on February 28th, 1983.

9.  The first-ever music video airing on MTV on August 1st, 1981.  It was “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles.

10.  George Carlin hosting the series premiere of “Saturday Night Live” on October 11th, 1975.


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