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Most Shocking Events Ever Caught on Film

A look at the most shocking events in U.S. and world history captured on film.

History is full of shocking events. Unfortunately, not all of them were captured on film. It wasn’t until the invention of film during the 20th century that it was used to capture and record events, preserving some of the most shocking moments in human history for future generations. Now, with the internet and, especially youtube, providing users with the opportunity to upload streaming videos, these events are easily accessible to history buffs. Here is a list of some of the most shocking moments in history, recorded on film or for television, and available for viewing on youtube.

The Hindenburg Disaster

Like the Titanic decades before, the LZ 129 Hindenburg was considered a master of design and engineering. Created by the Nazis during the 1930s, it was also meant to reveal the power and mastery of Nazi engineering and prowess. Named after Paul von Hindenburg, the former president of Germany, this zeppelin however proved to have an achilles’ heel when, after a flight to the United States, the airship, frilled with hydrogen, caught fire as it was about to land at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey on May 6, 1937. The Hindenburg Disaster was captured on newsreels, shocking audiences as they watched the zeppelin catch fire and crash to the ground, killing 13 passengers and 22 crew members. Amazingly, there were survivors as passengers and crew members either jumped from the zeppelin before it crashed to the ground or were pulled from the burning wreckage.

Lee Harvey Oswald Shot by Jack Ruby

Coming on the heels of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, America was still reeling from the violence when his alleged assassin was cut down in the basement of a Dallas police station that Sunday afternoon. Jack Ruby, a local mob affiliate, appeared out of a crowd of reporters as Oswald was being escorted by police to a waiting armored car, approached the accused assassin and fired the fatal shot. Oswald’s shooting was the first time Americans witnessed a live killing on their television screens. His death, along with the president’s, set in motion a slide toward the violence and mayham in America that followed during the decade.

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