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Celebrating the power of television on World TV Day

Television, it can make us laugh, it can make us cry. It can also educate us, opening our minds to events around the world and provide insight to other people’s lives and cultures.

In 1996, the UN General Assembly designated November 21 as World Television Day. Since then, it’s been a day to celebrate the power of television and its impact on our daily lives.

The first TV broadcast took place less than a century ago in 1926, since then, it has delivered some of the world’s most memorable events to small screens across the globe.

Here’s a selection of just five. Which are your favourites?

The fall of the Berlin Wall

In November 1989, East Germany’s rulers allowed people to cross freely between East and West Berlin for the first time in nearly 30 years. The moment symbolised the end of Communism and the Cold War which had divided the continent of Europe. The TV news pictures of families being reunited and people breaking down the concrete walls with their bare hands and hammers are remembered by millions of people today.

Man walking on the moon

In July 1969, the American astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. Viewers were glued to their TV sets as he said, “It’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” in a symbol of human solidarity and achievement.

Live Aid

The harrowing TV news pictures of the Ethiopian famine in 1985 forced the world to sit up and take in the unfolding human tragedy. It also spurred one of the most memorable music events in history, involving simultaneous, sell-out concerts in London and Philadelphia. A global audience of 1.9 billion people in 150 countries watched artists like Queen, U2, Elton John, Madonna, Eric Clapton and Tina Turner perform.

1966 World Cup final

England’s 4-2 victory over West Germany in the 1966 football World Cup final will forever be linked with Kenneth Wolstenholme’s immortal commentary. “Some people are on the pitch…they think it’s all over…it is now!

THAT David Brent dance

This short four-minute clip contains all the ingredients that made The Office a multi-award winning hit. At its heart: a virtuoso performance from Ricky Gervais as the office bore who tries, and fails, to impress.

Whether you’d choose these moments, or another five, we hope your TV viewing is disruption-free. If you notice any new disruption to TV you receive through an aerial, at800 is here to help, so call us on 0808 13 13 800.

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