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What Was the First Newsflash?

Chris Higgins
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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?

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