Paste looks back on the decade’s 25 best—not necessarily most important—moments on live TV. The top 10:
- Barack Obama: His victory speech captured the moment when one part of Martin Luther King’s dream came true.
- Miracle on the Hudson: Pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger became America’s hero when he landed flight 1549 safely.
- Stephen Colbert: The comedian speech at the White House Correspondent’s Association Dinner proved he has cojones.
- The Red Sox: Curt Schilling helped to end an 86-year-old “curse” with a victory over the Yankees in game six of the 2004 ALCS—even with blood oozing through his sock.
- Anderson Cooper: The journalist confronted Senator Mary Landrieu after getting fed up with politicians patting each other on the back in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
- Jon Stewart: The Daily Show host took an unexpectedly serious tone on Crossfire, where he told the hosts, “Stop. Stop hurting America.”
- Saddam Hussein’s statue: When it was toppled, the end of his reign was signaled.
- Beijing Olympics: The opening ceremonies was one of the most awe-inspiring of all time.
- Halle Berry: Her Best Leading Actress Oscar—the first for a black woman—was especially symbolic, since she once played the first actress to be nominated to the award.
- U2: The band’s performance at the 2002 Super Bowl served as a tribute to September 11 victims.
For the complete list, including Susan Boyle and Tina Fey’s turn as Sarah Palin, click the link at right, or watch videos at left.