It’s not every day we get to see the unexpected captured live on TV with the event unfolding in its unedited glory
In this video, we relive some of those unforgettable moments that have played out right before our eyes
World Cup Blues
The FIFA World Cup has produced some unforgettable moments that had very little to do with goal scoring
At the 2006 edition in Berlin, Franch captain, Zinedine Zidane turned abruptly and head-butted Italian defender, Marco Materazzi on the chest. An action earned him a red card and almost put a black spot on the game which Italy eventually won.
Fast forward to the 2014 edition in Rio, and the world witnessed Uruguayan striker, Luis Suarez biting the shoulder of Italy’s Giogio Chiellini during a group-stage match.
Russian Olympic Gymnasts Kissing
During the Beijing Olympics in 2008 Russian gymnast Ksenia Semenova was caught on camera giving a fellow female team mate a full mouth kiss after completing her routine on the high bars. While some viewed the act as inappropriate, others regarded it as simply a European custom.
Madonna Doing IT again
Although scenes from some of her music videos might be rated PG, Singer, Madonna, did more to entrench her bad-girl image when she took turns to kiss both her younger fellow performers- Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera – on stage during the 2003 Video Music Awards
This unanticipated act sent shock-waves through the on-looking audience and of course, many TV screens.
News Reporter shooting
Most people who saw this tragedy happen on live TV probably had a hard time forgetting While glued to their TV sets for the evening News on a local CBS affiliate, viewers must have been trying to figure out what was going on as the reporter, Allison Parker and her cameraman was shot repeatedly while conducting an interview.
The gun man was later identified as a former employee of the TV station.
On January 28, 1986, American’s were saddened by the mid-air explosion of the Space shuttle, Challenger, 73 seconds after lift-off. We remember the seven astronauts who lost their lives that day.
Quite unforgettable and shocking was the live TV capture of one of the series of terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001. The world watched as cameras caught the United Airline flight 175 crash into the south tower of the World Trade Center after an earlier crash on the north tower had drawn media attention.
The Japanese Tsunami
Live images broadcast by CNN, captured the devastation caused by the Japanese earthquake and Tsunami of March 2011. Viewers saw the seeming ease with which the ravaging ocean surge drowned people and tossed cars, boats, and buildings around, turning them into a mass of floating debris.