Another Top 10 Craziest Events Caught on Camera

These are some of the most incredible moving images ever recorded. For this list, we chose events that were caught on film but which were not necessarily broadcast live. We’ve decided to feature a mix of those suggested by our YouTube comments, voted by our users on our Suggestion Page and others that missed the cut on our previous lists. So if you didn’t see an event you thought should be on here, check our first Top 10 Craziest Events Caught on Live TV and our Top 10 Televised Events lists. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for another top 10 craziest events caught on camera. Special thanks to our users Spideyfan-0913, Jackson DeStefano, themanful321 and Andrew A. Dennison for submitting the idea on our Suggest Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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They’re some of the most incredible moving images ever recorded. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’re counting down our picks for another top 10 craziest events caught on camera.

For this list, we chose events that were caught on film but which were not necessarily broadcast live. We’ve decided to feature a mix of those suggested by our YouTube comments, voted by our users on our Suggestion Page and others that missed the cut on our previous lists. So if you didn’t see an event you thought should be on here, check our first Top 10 Craziest Events Caught on Live TV and our Top 10 Televised Events lists.

#10: Felix Baumgartner & Red Bull Stratos
October 14, 2012
There’s no denying Felix Baumgartner’s space diving as part of the Red Bull Stratos project was impressive and ambitious. After traveling into the stratosphere in a helium balloon, the Austrian jumped from the highest altitude ever recorded. It also made him the first person to break the sound barrier without the use of any type of engine – and over 8 million YouTube users watched him do it in real-time.

#9: O.J. Simpson Murder Trial Verdict
October 3, 1995

Televised for 134 days and attracting over 100 million viewers, O.J. Simpson’s court case was dubbed the “trial of the century.” After being charged with Nicole Brown Simpson’s and Ron Goldman’s murders, The Juice was acquitted in the criminal case thanks to his high-profile defense team. With courtroom cameras capturing it all, the trial was one of the year’s most covered stories by American networks.

#8: Iran Hostage Crisis
November 4, 1979 - January 20, 1981

For 444 days, the fate of 52 Americans hypnotized the world after they were taken hostage by a group of Iranian students at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Thanks to extensive media coverage, the world watched in horror as reports of the victims’ suffering were made known. Following a failed rescue mission and the former Shah of Iran’s death, the crisis was resolved with the Algiers Accords.

#7: 2008 Mumbai Attacks
November 26-29, 2008

Almost 500 people were either injured or killed when a Pakistani terrorist group detonated bombs and fired guns around India’s largest city. Various locations ranging from historical sites, hotels and hospitals, along with a taxi, were targeted in the 12 coordinated Mumbai attacks over the issue of Kashmir. In addition to the intense media coverage, social media also documented the attacks and disseminated information about 26/11’s end and aftermath.

#6: Apollo 13
April 11-17, 1970

Almost nine months after Neil Armstrong’s giant leap for mankind, NASA launched the Apollo 13 mission in the hopes of reaching the Moon once more. However, an oxygen tank burst two days after the manned spacecraft left the Kennedy Space Center and cut the flight short. TV viewers were kept up-to-date via live broadcasts until the crew shut down the Apollo TV camera to conserve power. The media got creative and used animation and models until the crew’s safe return.

#5: Hindenburg Disaster
May 6, 1937

The airship era came to end following this tragic incident that took the lives of 36 people. 97 were on board the German passenger airship when it exploded into flames while docking at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station. Radio reporter Herbert Morrison was on the field and recorded an intense eyewitness report that was broadcast the next day. But it’s when this recording is combined as narration over the newsreel footage filmed by multiple companies that the horrific nature of the disaster really comes to light.

#4: Hurricane Katrina
August 23-30, 2005

2005 was the year the U.S. experienced the costliest natural disaster and one of the most fatal hurricanes in the country’s history. With almost 2,000 dead and $81 billion in damages, the tropical cyclone’s strong winds and thunderstorms resulted in heavy flooding that affected many areas bordering the Atlantic Ocean. Thanks to substantial media involvement, live images of the destruction were broadcast instantly. Reporters also helped update authorities and those victims with no other means of communication.

#3: 2003 Invasion of Iraq
March 19 - May 1, 2003

The shock and awe of watching thousands of troops march into Iraq could be felt the world over, as both traditional and new media bombarded us with images of America’s first attack on the country in 2003. Through the ever-flowing coverage by American news outlets, we saw the airstrikes, bombing and ground action taking place as part of Operation: Shock and Awe, while international media concentrated more on the war’s causes and effects.

#2: 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami
December 26, 2004

Resulting in over 230,000 casualties, the Sumatra-Andaman earthquake is one of history’s most fatal natural disasters. The megathrust tremor generated multiple tsunamis off Indonesia’s western coast and affected 14 countries with the ensuing floods. While widespread media coverage of these images shocked the world, it also triggered a massive global relief response.

Honorable Mentions

- Death of Osama bin Laden, May 2, 2011
- JetBlue Airways Flight 292 Emergency Landing, September 21, 2005
- Death and Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, August 31 & September 6, 1997
- Murder of John Lennon, December 8, 1980
- Death and Memorial Service of Michael Jackson, June 25 & July 7, 2009
- Budd Dwyer’s Public Suicide at Press Conference, January 22, 1987

#1: Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
August 6 & 9, 1945

The atomic bombings of these two Japanese cities during World War II remains the only time nuclear weapons were dropped during a global war. Thanks to footage captured by the U.S. War Department, few will ever forget the mushroom clouds that developed after the Little Boy and Fat Man bombs exploded over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The result was over 240,000 deaths, with newsreels capturing the aftermath. Things would never be the same.

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