Ted Turner founded CNN in 1980. It was the first television channel to offer 24-hour news coverage.
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Defining moments from 40 years of CNN

Updated 1:31 PM ET, Sun May 31, 2020

Ted Turner founded CNN in 1980. It was the first television channel to offer 24-hour news coverage.
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CNN made its debut as the first 24-hour news channel on June 1, 1980.

Since then the network has covered wars, natural disasters, politics and pop culture -- in America and around the world.

Look back at some of the moments that have defined the last four decades.