1991: Here come the cruise missiles CNN had been in existence since 1980, but Ted Turner's cable news outfit didn't break out until 1991, when the Persian Gulf War handed the channel its biggest advantage over the networks -- the ability to report live from within Iraq during the first bombing campaigns of the war. CNN correspondents Bernard Shaw, John Holliman and Peter Arnett delivered arresting reports, often from underneath desks, that transformed the first 24-hour news network into must-see TV.
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