Twenty years ago today, Los Angeles came to a halt.
On June 17, 1994, television networks and cable news channels aired two hours of nonstop coverage of perhaps the most famous car chase to have ever taken place on Los Angeles freeways: O.J. Simpson in a white Ford Bronco.
As more than a dozen California Highway Patrol units and Los Angeles police squad cars tailed the Bronco, onlookers cheered and waved from overpasses and ramps during the slow-speed chase -- some even pulled over and got out of their vehicles to wave from the roadside.
It was, as one entertainment lawyer put it, "the day Los Angeles stopped."
It all unfolded shortly after Simpson was charged with killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
Al Cowlings -- a longtime friend and former teammate at USC and with the Buffalo Bills -- drove the Bronco as Simpson hid in the rear, taking the chase that played out mostly on the 405 Freeway into the history books.
The dramatic arrest, broadcast live on national television, came shortly before 9 p.m., about 10 hours after he was to have turned himself in to Los Angeles police. Simpson's lawyer, Robert L. Shapiro, said the 46-year-old football and rising acting star had agreed to surrender but bolted at the last minute with Cowlings.
Of course, the spectacle didn't end there, as the nation would once again become transfixed by broadcasts of the courtroom drama.
The ensuing legal pratfalls the Simpson case exposed helped modernize the criminal justice infrastructure of Los Angeles County and offered some pointed lessons for prosecutors, police, criminalists and judges. As former Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley put it, it became a case study for how to handle high-profile cases.
And in terms of the now-ubiquitous live television coverage police pursuits demand, the Bronco chase remains one for the record books, even two decades later.