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10 Famous World Videos & Events


A good video will give you a glimpse into the events surrounding a specific
occurrence.  Video is much more convincing to the public eye and helps the
viewer recreate a specific time in history.  Many infamous moments have
been documented with a video camera.  This article will focus on famous world
videos and events.

10. Pacers–Pistons Brawl

The Pacers–Pistons brawl was an altercation that occurred in a NBA game
between the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers on November 19, 2004, at
The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  With less than a minute
left in the game, a minor fight broke out between players on the court.  As the
fight was being broken up, a cup of soda was thrown from the stands at then
Pacer player Ron Artest, who entered the crowd sparking a massive brawl
between players and fans.

The repercussions led to nine players being suspended without pay for a total
of 146 games, which led to $10 million in salary being lost by the players.
Five players were also charged with assault, and all five were eventually
sentenced to a year of probation and community service.  Five fans were also
legally charged, and John Green, who threw the cup at Artest, received a
lifetime ban from attending Pistons home games.  The fight also caused the
NBA to mandate increased security presence between players and fans, and
to ban the sale of alcohol after the third quarter.  It is one of the most infamous
brawls in sports history. 

9. Meredith Hunter Threatens Mick Jagger

The Altamont Speedway Free Festival was an infamous rock concert held on
Saturday, December 6, 1969, at the Altamont Speedway in northern California,
between Tracy and Livermore.  The show was headlined and organized by
The Rolling Stones.  It also featured Santana, Jefferson Airplane, The Flying
Burrito Brothers, and Crosby, Stills & Nash.  The Grateful Dead were also
scheduled to perform, but declined to play due to the threat of violence at the
venue.  Approximately 300,000 people attended the event.  It is known for
having been marred by considerable violence, including one homicide and
three accidental deaths: two caused by a hit-and-run car accident and one by
drowning in an irrigation canal.  Four births were also reported during the

Meredith Hunter was a spectator at the Altamont Free Concert.  During The
Rolling Stones performance, Hunter pulled out a gun and was threatening Mick
Jagger’s life.  He was stabbed to death by a Hells Angel member serving as a
security guard.  An autopsy later revealed that Hunter was stabbed five times
and was high on methamphetamine at the time of his death.  The incident was
caught on camera and became a central scene in the documentary Gimme
.  Alan Passaro, a 21-year-old member of the Hells Angels, was
charged with the crime, but Passaro claimed he acted in self-defense and was

8. The Only Known Video of Anne Frank

Anne Frank was a Jewish girl who was born in the city of Frankfurt am Main in
Weimar Germany, and who lived most of her life in or near Amsterdam, in the
Netherlands.  She gained international fame posthumously following the
publication of her diary which documents her experiences hiding during the
German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II
.  The diary, which was
given to Anne on her 13th birthday, chronicles her life from 12 June 1942 until
1 August 1944.  Anne Frank has been acknowledged for the quality of her
writing, and has become one of the most renowned and most discussed
victims of the Holocaust

Anne Frank died at age 15 of typhus in the German concentration camp of
Bergen-Belsen, seven months after her arrest and just two weeks before
British and Canadian troops liberated the camp. 
Earlier this year the Anne
Frank House Museum in Amsterdam released the only known video of Anne
Frank.  She can be seen looking down from an open window for a couple
seconds.  The footage was taken during a neighborhood wedding that
occurred on July 22, 1941, months later Anne and her family would be forced
into hiding.      

7. Princess Diana's Final Photographs

Diana, Princess of Wales died on August 31, 1997, as a result of injuries
sustained in a car accident.  The crash occurred in the Pont de l'Alma road
tunnel in Paris.  Her companion, Dodi Fayed and driver, Henri Paul, were also
pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.  Controversy surrounds the
events of Diana’s death, however an inquest headed by Lord Justice Scott
Baker decided on April 7, 2008, that Diana had been unlawfully killed by the
grossly negligent driving of chauffeur Henri Paul and paparazzi photographers.
I have included a video that documents the final moments of Princess Diana’s

6. The Fall of the Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall was a physical barrier erected by the German Democratic
Republic which completely encircled West Berlin, separating it from East
Germany.  It came to symbolize the Iron Curtain between Western Europe and
the Communist Eastern Bloc.  Needless to say people wanted to escape into
West Germany.  The Berlin Wall’s restrictions on travel in Germany were lifted
on Nov. 9, 1989.  German citizens began dancing on the wall and chopping
away at the barrier which for so long divided them.  The fall of the Berlin Wall
is a watershed moment in the decades-long struggle between communism and
capitalism.  I have included two videos that contain clips surrounding the

The United States news report on the fall of the Berlin Wall.

5. Normandy Landings

The Normandy Landings were the landing operations of the Allied invasion of
Normandy, also known as Operation Neptune and Operation Overlord, during
World War II.  The landings commenced on Tuesday, June 6, 1944 (D-Day).
It is t
he largest amphibious invasion in history.  The assault was conducted in
two phases, an air assault landing of American, British, Canadian and Free
French airborne troops and an amphibious landing of Allied infantry and
armoured divisions off the coast of France.  This clip contains chilling video
footage of D-Day.

4. Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling 2

The Louis-Schmeling rematch came on June 22, 1938.  The fighters met at the
sold-out Yankee Stadium in New York City.  There were more than 70,000
fans in attendance.  Schmeling came out of his corner trying to utilize the
same style that gave him the victory in their first fight, with a straight-standing
posture and a strong jab.  Louis' strategy, however, had been to get the fight
over early.  From the start of the fight Joe Louis unleashed a tireless barrage
of punches on Max Schmeling.  Two minutes and four seconds into the first
round Louis was declared winner and world Heavyweight champion, by a
technical knockout.
In all, Louis threw 41 punches in the fight, 31 of which landed solidly.
Schmeling, by contrast, had been able to throw only two punches.  Schmeling
had to be admitted to Polyclinic Hospital for ten days.  During his stay it was
discovered that he had cracked several vertebrae in his back.  The fight is
one of the most important matches in sports history. 

3. 9/11 Pentagon Attack

The Pentagon is the headquarters of the United States Department of
Defense, located in Arlington, Virginia.  On September 11, 2001, a team of
five hijackers took control of American Airlines Flight 77, a Boeing 757, en
route from Washington Dulles International Airport to Los Angeles International
Airport, and deliberately crashed it into the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m. EDT as part
of the September 11 attacks.  All 64 people on the airliner were killed as well
as 125 people who were in the building.

Many video cameras surround the outside of the Pentagon, but only one clip of
the accident has ever been released to the public.  It was released on a court
ordered ruling.  The video shows a streak and then a large explosion.  I can’t
seem to make out a Boeing 757, but maybe you can.  Many conspiracy
theories exist surrounding this accident, mainly fueled by the lack of video and
forensic evidence (wreckage) confirming that a Boeing 757 caused this
damage.  It is the only available clip of 9/11 Pentagon attack. 

Video Looking at the abnormalities of the hole
left in the Pentagon.

2. Patterson-Gimlin Film

Original footage zoomed in on the creatures turn.

The Patterson-Gimlin film is a short recording of an unidentified subject filmed
on October 20, 1967, by Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin.  The pair claims
that the film is a genuine recording of a Bigfoot.  In the early afternoon of
October 20, Patterson and Gimlin were near Bluff Creek in California when
they spotted a large figure crouching next to the creek.  By the time Patterson
could retrieve his camera the creature had walked away from the men to a
distance of about 120 feet (37 m), so Patterson began to run after it.  The
initial part of the film is quite shaky until Patterson gets about 80 feet (24 m)
from the figure.  At that point the creature glanced over its right shoulder at the
men and Patterson fell to his knees.

They would later characterize the creature's expression as one of "contempt
and disgust”.  Shortly after glancing over its shoulder, the creature walks
behind a grove of trees, reappears for awhile and then fades into the trees
and is lost to view as the reel of film ran out.  Roger Patterson had the 52
second film developed and thought that he had produced proof of Bigfoot's
existence.  He expected the scientists to accept it, but only a few scientists
were willing to even look at the film, and most of them promptly declared it fake. 

Original footage with no zoom.  This clip gives a good
perspective of how far away Patterson was from the creature.

Both men have always dismissed allegations that they had hoaxed the footage
by filming a man wearing an ape suit; in fact, Patterson, who died of cancer in
1972, swore on his death bed that the footage was authentic and he had
encountered and filmed a large bipedal animal unknown to science.  I have
included three separate videos depicting the Patterson-Gimlin film. 

Zoomed in version of the video with good analysis. 
You have to pause this clip at 1:54.

1. Abraham Zapruder and Orville Nix
JFK Assassination Videos

Standard version of the Zapruder film.

John F. Kennedy was the thirty-fifth President of the United States.  He was
assassinated on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, at 12:30 p.m.
in Dealey Plaza.  Kennedy was fatally shot while riding with his wife Jacqueline
in a Presidential motorcade.  Many people captured video and photographs of
the event.  The most telling films were captured by Abraham Zapruder and
Orville Nix.

The Zapruder film is a silent Standard 8 mm color home movie of the
presidential motorcade as John F. Kennedy is assassinated.  The film is the
most complete visual recording of the event.  The footage is known for its
depiction of the fatal shot to President Kennedy's head when his limousine
was almost exactly in front of and slightly below Zapruder's position.  In March
1975, on the ABC late-night television show Good Night America (hosted by
Geraldo Rivera), the Zapruder home movie was shown to the American public
for the first time.  It contains many strange movements and video anomalies,
but is a good documentation of the assassination of Kennedy. 

Orville Nix film with grassy knoll analysis.

On the day of Kennedy’s assassination Orville Nix was positioned on the south
side of Dealey Plaza, which was opposite of Zapruder.  The Nix video shows
the fatal head shot that killed Kennedy from a different perspective.  In the
background of the video is the infamous grassy knoll.  Many claim a second
shooter was positioned behind a fence on the knoll.  In fact, in an interview
following the incident Nix claimed that shots came from behind the fence on
the grassy knoll.  Many people feel that the Nix video is the most important
documentation of the assassination because it shows the silhouette of a man
with a rifle shooting Kennedy.  Small flashes of light can also be seen on the

A flash of light on the grassy knoll.

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Jason Cunningham - December 5, 2009
I ratherly enjoy the documented segments of history in the making, partly due to the
advent of the "Camera". Without it, the world for that matter would be quite dull and
void. So thank you. Now we can see for ourselves the events that rocked the world of
history and the people, heros, and amatuer alike captured and frozen in time for us all
to enjoy.

Akhil - January 30, 2010
Hai you don't consider yeti.

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