Here are the top 20 TV moments according to Sony Electronics and the Nielsen Television research company that polled 1.077 U.S. adults.

  1. September 11th tragedy (2001)
  2. Hurricane Katrina (2005)
  3. O.J. Simpson verdict (1994)
  4. The Challenger space shuttle disaster (1986)
  5. Death of Osama Bin Laden (2011)
  6. O.J. Simpson white Bronco chase (1994)
  7. Earthquake in Japan (2011)
  8. Columbine High School shooting (1999)
  9. BP oil spill (2010)
  10. Princess Diana’s funeral (1997)
  11. Death of Whitney Houston (2012)
  12. Capture and execution of Saddam Hussein (2006)
  13. Barack Obama’s acceptance speech (2008)
  14. The royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton (2011)
  15. The assassination of John F Kennedy (1963)
  16. Oklahoma City Bombing (1995)
  17. Bush/Gore election results (2000)
  18. L.A. riots (1992)
  19. Casey Anthony verdict (2011)/ Funeral of John F. Kennedy (1963)