16. The Branch Dividian siege in Waco, Texas
Date: April 15, 1993
The Bureau of Tobacco and Firearms entered Waco, Texas, in April 1993 to execute a search warrant over some illegal weapons stahed inside a compound owned by the Branch Dividian religious sect in Waco, TX. Quickly, the scene turned into a deadly raid, which lasted for weeks. Things eventually turned into something out of a Michael Bay movie. Shots were fired, tanks were rolling, and the compound went up in flames as live TV cameras rolled.
In all, 76 Branch Dividian members were killed that day, and the horrifying events played out in real time to a nationally televised audience. These horrific live images most famously went on to partly fuel the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombings by Timothy McVeigh.