What Was the First Newsflash?

Chris Higgins

There are many newsflash moments that are culturally significant, shared experiences even if the people hearing the news are nowhere near where the event took place. The idea of a newsflash—something so significant it would interrupt all normal broadcasting—goes back quite a while. It involves the railroad, Morse code, cannons, and drinking.

In this video, Aric Allen lyrically recalls the historical newsflash that started an American tradition in 1869. Enjoy:

What's the Earliest Newsflash You Remember?

I think the Challenger disaster is the first I remember vividly, though the most significant was probably Kurt Cobain's death. I remember when the Berlin Wall came down, though it didn't mean much to me. What about you?