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9/11 The Most Memorable TV Moment of Last 50 Years

DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Which TV moment of the last 50 years was the most memorable for viewers?  According to a new study by Nielsen and Sony Electronics, it was news coverage of the 9/11 attacks.

The study, completed by more than 1,000 adults, attempted to rank the moments that had the most impact and were the most meaningful to participants.

News coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the verdict in the O.J. Simpson murder trial in 1995 -- he was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman -- rank second and third, respectively.  The explosion of the Challenger space shuttle in 1986 and the death of Osama bin Laden last year round out the top five.

The highest-ranking entertainment-related moment, at number 11, is the coverage of Whitney Houston's death this past February.

Here are the top 10 most memorable TV moments, according to the study:

1. Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, 2001
2. Hurricane Katrina, 2005
3. The O.J. Simpson verdict, 1995
4. The Challenger space shuttle explodes, 1986
5. Death of Osama bin Laden, 2011
6. The O.J. Simpson White Bronco chase, 1994
7. The Japanese earthquake and tsunami, 2011
8. Columbine school shooting, 1999
9. BP oil spill in Gulf of Mexico, 2010
10. Princess Diana's funeral, 1997

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Mark Wahlberg: I Could Have Prevented 9/11 Attack

Indigo/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Although he plays an action hero on the big screen, Mark Wahlberg seems to think his heroic chops -- and his pugilistic past -- could have changed one of the darkest days in American history.

In an interview with Men's Journal, the Contraband star says he was booked on one of the flights that was hijacked on 9/11, but his flight was rescheduled.

Although the twist of fate spared him from the terror attacks, Wahlberg seems confident he could have spared a lot of bloodshed that day -- of the civilians, that is.  The hijackers wouldn't have been so lucky, Wahlberg boasts.

"If I was on that plane with my kids, it wouldn’t have went down like it did.  There would have been a lot of blood in that first-class cabin and then me saying, 'Okay, we’re going to land somewhere safely, don’t worry.'"

Wahlberg has since backtracked on his comments, saying in a statement released Wednesday, "To speculate about such a situation is ridiculous to begin with, and to suggest I would have done anything differently than the passengers on that plane was irresponsible.  I deeply apologize to the families of the victims that my answer came off as insensitive, it was certainly not my intention."

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Celebrities Commemorate 9/11 Anniversary on Twitter

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On a day when America remembered the events of 9/11, many celebrities took to Twitter on Sunday to send their thoughts to those affected by the tragedy.

Here's a sample of those tweets:

-- Ellen DeGeneres: "Ten years ago today, the world changed. I hope everyone finds time to remember those we lost...and to tell someone that you love them."

-- Lea Michele: "To all the families and people of New York affected by the tragedies of September 11th my thoughts and prayers go out to you."

-- Kim Kardashian: "My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families affected by the awful tragedy of 9/11."

-- Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi of Jersey Shore: "#Iwill shake a firefighter’s hand. What will you do this Sept 11? Join the 9/11 Tribute Movement @911day #IWill."

-- Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino of Jersey Shore: "Please take a moment to remember all of those that lost or sacrificed their lives 10 years ago today! #ProudToBeAnAmerican"

-- Demi Moore: "Today on #9/11 as we take pause to honor and remember the loss let's us also connect and hold the love that heals and unites us!"

-- Olivia Wilde: "10 years ago today, our shocked world marched together for Peace. let's not forget that spirit. my heart goes out to all who have suffered."

-- Kevin Smith: After recalling the moment when he learned the twin towers were under attack, he wrote, "My heart goes out to all the families and friends of the people in both the planes and the buildings who were murdered 10 years ago today."

-- Kirstie Alley: "So many Heros to remember. The ones who died & the ones who fought to save them...& those who fight daily to ensure our freedom. We salute U"

-- Denise Richards: "my thoughts and prayers are with all the families & loved ones affected by the devastating tragedy of 9/11 We will never forget...."

-- The Jonas Brothers: "Remembering and praying for all those who lost loved ones 10 years ago today"

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Sunday Comic Strips Turn Serious for 9/11 Anniversary

ALEX FUCHS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The funny pages are getting serious for 9/11.  Nearly every major comic strip in America's newspapers this Sunday will be devoted to the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

In Blondie, the Bumpsteds and their neighbors will salute a flag, under the words "Never Forget."  In the strip Archie, the new class president at Riverdale High will unveil the school's own 9/11 memorial.

And Sunday's Dick Tracy will include a tribute to fire marshal Ronald Bucca, one of the 343 firefighters and 72 police officers who died at the World Trade Center.

"These public safety professionals saved 25,000 civilian lives that day," the strip says.

America's cartoonists have banded together before, to deal with issues such as breast cancer and the environment.  Many of them took part in a 9/11 tribute on the first Thanksgiving after the attacks.

But the scope of this 9/11 commemoration is unprecedented: Ninety-three comic strips are taking part, from Archie to Zits.

"The comics come into people's lives every day, usually around the breakfast table.  We are part of the American family.  It is good for us to be part of the discussion about 9/11," said Patrick McDonnell, who draws the strip Mutts.

The cartoonists were given free rein in how to treat the anniversary.  Most of the strips are poignant, a few use humor.  Some of the cartoons might even trigger a reaction unusual for someone reading the funnies: tears.

Planning for the cartoonists' tribute began back in January and included the five major syndicates that provide comic strips to newspapers: King Features, Creators, Tribune Media Services, Universal Press and the Washington Post Writers Group.

All the strips will be posted online, beginning on 9/11, at  They also will be displayed in special exhibits at the Newseum, in Washington, D.C.; the Cartoon Art Museum, in San Francisco; the Toonseum, in Pittsburgh; and the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art and the Society of Illustrators in New York City.

And, of course, in newspapers across the country on 9/11.

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'Rescue Me' Comes to an End on FX

George Doyle/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Denis Leary's critically acclaimed show Rescue Me ended its run on FX Wednesday night.

The last episode of the series about New York City firemen -- timed for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that helped shape it -- demonstrated the series' characteristic ability to blend comedy, tragedy, laughs, and tears.

Leary and co-creator Peter Tolan had been tight-lipped about the finale, titled "Ashes," and had hinted only that a major fire would leave one of Leary's onscreen friends and colleagues dead.  After an opening sequence that had John Scurti's character, Lt. Kenneth "Lou" Shea, eulogizing Leary's Tommy Gavin and the rest of his team, it turned out to be a dream and viewers learned it was Lou who died.

Ultimately, Leary's Gavin finds himself able to mourn yet another of his friends -- without falling off the wagon, and without retiring from the FDNY, as he'd been hinting he would throughout the season.  The series ended with Gavin opening up about 9/11 with a group of new recruits, and a solemn pan up to the New York City skyline, which is now without the Twin Towers.

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Rachel Uchitel to Sue 'New York Post' for 9/11 Story

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Rachel Uchitel isn’t “almost happy” about how 9/11 killed her fiance.

The former nightclub hostess and Tiger Woods mistress is fuming about a story put out by the New York Post’s Page Six Magazine that quotes her as saying she’s “almost happy” her relationship with investment banker James Andrew O’Grady ended on 9/11 when O’Grady died in the World Trade Center attacks. She first made headlines in the days after 9/11, when the New York Post published a photo of her in front of Bellevue Hospital grieving for her fiance.

“I believe Andy was meant to die because he was too good,” the magazine quoted Uchitel, 36, as saying. “I’m almost happy it ended the way it did because I’ve learned so many lessons from him. It would have been tragic if we got into fights and then divorced.”

Uchitel’s publicist told ABC News that the ex-VIP hostess was misquoted and plans to sue.

“They took Rachel’s comments from another article wholly and completely out of context,” Uchitel’s publicist said in an email. “Rachel is demanding an apology and a retraction.  She is seeking legal counsel to protect her rights and to make sure this does not happen again.”

A representative for the Post did not immediately respond to’s requests for comment.

A video featured on the Post’s website along with the story shows Uchitel reflecting on 9/11 but doesn’t show her saying anything that’s quoted in the story.

“I always miss Andy, that’s never changed in 10 years,” she says in the video. “It’s something that I experience as a loss every single day.”

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Newlywed Kim Kardashian to Appear on ABC’s “The View”

Andy Kropa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- ABC’s daytime gabfest The View returns Tuesday with a new “state-of-the-art set” and guest Kim Kardashian, who will make an appearance Wednesday alongside her sisters Kourtney and Khloe.

The siblings will dish about Kardashian’s wedding to basketball player Kris Humphries and promote their new line of lingerie, shoes and accessories dubbed the “Kardashian Kollection.”

Two of the show’s hosts also married August. Sherri Shepherd wedded Lamar “Sal” Sally in Chicago and Joy Behar -- who will share never-before-seen photos of her ceremony this week -- married Steve Janowitz, her “spousal equivalent” of 29 years.

In honor of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, The View will catch up with Marcy Borders, a 9/11 survivor who was photographed at Ground Zero covered in dust. She will describe how her life took a downward spiral fueled by drugs and alcohol in the days following the terrorist attack, and how she got back on track. On Friday, The View will dedicate its entire broadcast to the 9/11 anniversary, featuring an interview with former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and Sherri Shepherd reporting from Ground Zero and the World Trade Center.

In a press release executive producer Bill Geddie said, “I remember someone joking early on about our 15 minutes being almost up. Well, it has been 15 years now and the show is stronger than ever.”

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9/11, Remembrance and Renewal: Celebs Recall Attacks

October 2001: Paul McCartney organized "The Concert for New York" to raise money for the families of victims of 9/11. Dave Hogan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As the nation marks 10 years since the attacks of 9/11, three music stars reflect on the tragedies of that day.

On Sept. 11, 2001, New Yorker Stefani Germanotta was a 15-year-old girl with big dreams. "I remember where I was and what I did and exactly...every moment and the smell and everything about it I remember," she says. Ten years after that tragic day, Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, is one of the biggest stars in the world.

"I will always mourn on Sept. 11," she says.

Paul McCartney watched the events unfold from an airplane while on the tarmac at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

"Out of the window on the right side of the airplane you could see the Twin Towers," he recalls.

After witnessing the tragedy firsthand, McCartney stayed in New York and helped organize The Concert for New York City to honor the first responders to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

"There was really great fear and we actually felt like we were doing a bit of good," McCartney says of the concert, which raised more than $30 million to benefit the victims and their families.

Billy Joel also played at that concert with Elton John.  Joel says that while 9/11 was a tragic blow to his hometown, New York City has recovered.

"This city has great resolution.  There's a lot of resolve here, there's a lot of character here.  You're not going to keep this place down," he says.

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O'Reilly, Behar Fuel 'View' Feud

Photo Courtesy - ABC(NEW YORK) -- Bill O'Reilly's feud with The View didn't end after Thursday's broadcast.

On his prime time Fox News show, O'Reilly stuck to the declaration he made on the ABC daytime talk show Thursday, that "Muslims killed us on 9/11" -- a statement that prompted Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar to walk off The View's set.

"How did we get here?" he started.  "Were we attacked by Japanese extremists?  How did we get to this point?  Now the poll I cited was taken by CNN in August.  About 70 percent of Americans, as I said, agree with me on the ground zero mosque issue -- it's inappropriate."

"No one I know, no one, wants to insult Muslims," O'Reilly continued.  "But almost everybody I know is tired of the political correctness surrounding the 9/11 attack.  The truth is that if moderate Muslims all over the world would stand with America against radical Islam, the terrorists couldn't exist.  But obviously, that is not happening.  I am not in the business of sugar-coating harsh realities."

Meanwhile, Behar reasserted that O'Reilly was out of line on Thursday night's edition of The Joy Behar Show, which airs on the Headline News Network.

"I was really angry.  I thought O'Reilly was saying ... something I construe as hate speech, frankly," she said.  "It upsets me, as you can see.  To say Muslims killed us on 9/11, is like ... you could say that about any group, to lump an entire group like that."

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