Recorded history shows many events that would have had the power to stop the world in its tracks, but it’s only since the event of television and global media that the world has had the opportunity to stop and watch events of world significance unfold. Research by Betway Insider gives insight into how much of the world’s population tuned in to watch from around the globe.
Prince Charles And Lady Diana’s Wedding
When Prince Charles and Diana were married in St Paul’s Cathedral on the 29th of July 1981 an unprecedented number of people tuned in to watch. The event brought over 2 million well-wishers out in force to line the route of Diana’s procession to the Cathedral from Clarence house. The crowds around St Paul’s Cathedral and the possessions route required a police force of over 6000 combined military and police personnel. Across the globe, 17% of people stopped and watched the service as it was broadcast by both main terrestrial TV channels simultaneously. This enabled 720 million of the international population to watch the wedding along with over 28 million Britons.
In 1985 the world experienced a gig like none before it. Live Aid grabbed the world’s attention in an unprecedented way with 1.9 Billion people watching the event on television. The concert was the brainchild of Bob Geldof and Midge Ure and had a firm purpose to raise money to be used to ease the famine in Ethiopia. The 1.9 billion viewers made up an impressive 39% of the global population at the time.
The concert was held in both Wembley Stadium in the UK and the John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia USA. The viewers from around the world accounted for almost 2-fifths of the population. Wembley Stadium and Live Aid was to host the epic performance by Freddie Mercury and Queen which went on to be so well remembered.
Prince Harry And Meghan’s Wedding
On the 19th of May 2018 1.9 billion viewers tuned in to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get married at Winsor Castle. Amounting to 25% of the world’s population.
Harry and Meghan Markle were married in St George’s Chapel witnessed by 600 guests including Oprah Winfrey who would later go on to hold interviews with the couple on their status within the Royal Family.
Looking back at Prince Harry’s parent’s wedding, Harry’s attracted an additional 1.15 billion people. This number rivals Live Aid in number, but not in the percentage of the world’s population with 39% vs. 25%. Over 29 million American viewers got up early to watch the wedding as it started for them in some cases at 4 AM.
Rumble In The Jungle
1974 saw the iconic boxing match between Mohammed Ali and George Foreman. Often described as the sporting event of the century the match attracted 1 billion viewers worldwide, this amassed to 18% of the population and showed the power and following that boxing commanded in the 1970s.
The Wall: Live In Berlin
Pink Floyd stopped the world with their 1990 concert marking the removal of the Berlin Wall, with 1 billion viewers worldwide making up 18% of the world’s population. The band excelled in Potsdamer Platz that July in Berlin and captured the world’s attention to the changes happening in the west.