6. Lee Harvey Oswald’s assassination
Date: November 24, 1963
After the assassination of President John F. Kennedy rocked the nation to its core, the country was eager to finally lay eyes on the man who had taken down the prince of Camelot. Just as news cameras were sending out live feeds of the alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, being transferred from a Dallas police station to the county jail, he was approached by a mysterious man and shot in front of a nation of onlookers.
Mass confusion followed as cameras scrambled to get a clear shot of the action. Later on the world learned that the shooter was Jack Ruby, a local nightclub owner who was either an ardent patriot or a pawn in a devious conspiracy, depending on who you believe. Oswald’s live on-air murder was unprecedented at the time, and it set the stage for a decade that would be littered with televised violence and bloodshed.