Date: November 1989

It’s a sight countless people around the globe never thought they would see: the demolition of the Berlin Wall and the unification of Germany. But in November of 1989, it happened and live TV feeds from around the world were there to capture it. NBC’s Tom Brokaw famously narrated most of this momentous occasion as live images of the fall of Communism were being fed right into American living rooms.

German citizens were joined by countless international participants to hammer and chisel their way to freedom as the ominous, physical symbol of communism came down. For nearly three decades the world only knew a divided Europe, so it’s only natural that these images stunned the world. Unlike many of the entries on this list, the fall of the Berlin Wall was a positive example of live television's craziness.