CNN: 15 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

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The Cable News Network (better known as CNN) is a famous American news channel. Founded by Ted Turner over three decades ago, they have been around since 1980 and are still going strong today. Here are some lesser known facts about this popular and well-known network. Check out part two of this article, coming soon.

Number Fifteen: CNN Was the First TV Channel to Provide 24 Hour News

Though not an uncommon quality now, CNN was the first to have news coverage available all hours of the day. It was also the first network to air exclusively news in the USA, instead of only news segments.

Number Fourteen: It Has Popular Sister Networks

A lot of people wouldn’t assume that such a large news network would partner with cartoon channels, but it’s true. Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and TNT are a few of CNN’s sister networks.

Number Thirteen: CNN is Available to Over 82.7% of US Households

This statistic is as of February 2015. This news source is available to about 96,289,000 television sets around America. That is a huge sphere of influence.

Number Twelve: The Challenge Disaster

In 1986, the network aired the only live coverage of the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger. Tragically, there was an accident which involved the death of all seven crew members aboard the craft.

Number Eleven: They Were First to Report on 9/11

Anchor Carol Lin was the reporter covering this tragedy on the fateful morning of September 11th. Other news networks around the country and world would soon follow suit.

Number Ten: Communicated from Inside Iraq During the Gulf War

CNN was the only news source able to report from Iraq during the Coalition bombing campaign in 1991. They reported live from a hotel in Baghdad. Many other sources did not have such direct coverage of these important events.

Number Nine: They Were Sued by a Beautician

Liang Shubing sued the network for “violating the dignity and reputation of the Chinese people” for over a billion dollars. This happened in 2008. We hope you enjoyed part one of this informative article. Come back soon for part two of this fascinating list of facts about the Cable News Network.

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