Events that drew more media and people attention:
1. Happenings around the tragedies of 9/11
2. Tsunami on Dec 26, 2004 that killed 350,000 in Indian Ocean and So. Asia.
3. Hurricane Katrina and all events that followed
4. Presidential election of 2000 (Gore-Bush) and the ensuing coverage of the "stolen" election
5. Northridge (Reseda) Calif earthquake (pancaked freeway, etc.) jan 17, 1994
that being said, I was (and glued) to the coverage