On June 25th, 2009 Farrah Fawcett passed away at the age of 62 after battling cancer for several years. Best known for her role on "Charlie's Angels," Fawcett became a sex symbol when she posed for a now-iconic poster in a red bathing suit. The poster went on to become one of the best-selling posters of all time, solidifying her status as a pop culture icon. Here at Gotta Watch we looked back at the anniversary of her death with videos from those closest to her.
Remembering Farrah Fawcett – Farrah Fawcett passed on the morning of June 25th, 2009 at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California after battling anal cancer since 2006.
Facebook has announced that it will begin scanning all users' pictures with facial recognition software, allowing the site to automatically recognize users' faces and identify them in photos. This service, like many of Facebook's previous changes, is automatically active for all users, so the only way to avoid it is to opt out. Thing is, it has the potential to make your face appear tagged in photos that you may not want to be associated with. This isn't the first time Facebook has been under fire for privacy issues. In today's Gotta Watch, we look back at some of Facebook‚Äôs past privacy snafus.
Mark Zuckerberg reacts to privacy concerns – Last year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to a backlash from users after a change in privacy settings made user information public by default. After users complained about their information being distributed to third parties and developers, Zuckerberg implemented changes and simplified privacy settings.[cnn-video¬†url="http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/tech/2011/06/08/vault.zuckerberg.facebook.privacy.cnn"%5D
Do you 'like' Facebook's features? – In 2010, Facebook implemented the then-controversial, now-ubiquitous, "Like" feature on various websites. The "Like" button, now replaced by a "Recommend" button (see it up there on the left hand corner of the screen), raised concerns over privacy issues and outraged many users over whether Facebook should be able to share their information with other websites. Like other Facebook features, it involved a complicated "opt out" process.[cnn-video¬†url="http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/tech/2010/04/27/todd.facebook.privacy.cnn"%5D
Facebook wants your digits – Earlier this year, Facebook requested users' mobile phone numbers. But why would Facebook¬†need your number? Is it is safe to provide that info to app developers, games and other third-parties? CNN.com's John Sutter takes a look.[cnn-video¬†url="http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/tech/2011/01/18/sutter.fb.explain.it.cnn"%5D
Facebook's growing influence¬†– At more than half a billion users, Facebook has created a place for itself at the top of the social media heirarchy.¬† The company is changing the way information is shared, and at the same time changing our expectations of privacy online.¬†So that begs the question, does it even matter if they violate our privacy, or will we just come back to them no matter how much we feel violated?[cnn-video¬†url="http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/tech/2011/06/08/snow.facebook.privacy.influence.cnn"%5D
It was a day¬†in China's history that will never be forgotten.¬† June 4, 1989, Chinese troops opened fire on students and protesters in Tiananmen Square.¬† The protests began in April following the death of former Communist Party General Secretary Hu Yaobang. Only a handful of people originally showed up to the square in his memory, but as weeks passed hundreds of thousands of people joined the demonstration, which became a mass movement for political reform.¬† The protests remained peaceful until troops opened fire June 4th. The government reported 241 people were killed and 7,000 were wounded. In today's Gotta Watch we remember the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.
China's¬†perfect storm - In 1989 the world watched mainly students and intellectuals protest in Tiananmen Square. CNN's Kristi Lu Stout details the most influential moments of the protests and the mystery that still surrounds the "tank man."
In today's Gotta Watch, we're looking at the awesome power of some of the planet's most active volcanoes. From the easy-to-pronounce Mount St. Helens to another whose name you best not try to utter unless you're sitting down.
Mount St. Helens – On May 18, 1980,¬†Mount St. Helens erupted, becoming the most destructive volcano in United States history. An earthquake and subsequent landslide triggered a series of eruptions and a massive ash cloud. The blast was reportedly so powerful it was felt as far away as Canada. The eruption claimed the lives of 57 people and injured many more.
Eyjafjallajokull¬†– Often refered to simply as "the Icelandic volcano" due to its tongue twister of a name, Eyjafjallajokull wreaked havoc for international travelers for the better part of a week back in 2010.¬†At its peak, the crisis affected 1.2 million passengers a day and 29 percent of all global aviation, according to the International Air Transport Association, becoming the worst disruption of air traffic since the September 11 terrorist attacks back in 2001.[cnn-video¬†url="http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2010/04/20/ac.tuchman.raining.ash.cnn"%5D
Merapi¬†– The Merapi volcano's most recent eruption began on October 26, 2010. It killed hundreds of people and displaced more than 200,000. The Indonesian volcano's recent eruptions released about 140 million cubic meters of magma, the National Agency for Disaster Management said.[cnn-video¬†url="http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2010/11/03/coren.indonesia.volcanoes.cnn"%5D
Mount Vesuvius – Just short of 2,000 years ago, the city of Pompeii was wiped off the map by a historic eruption that buried an entire city in ash. Pompeii is now a major tourist attraction and is considered one of Italy's most important archaeological sites.¬†[cnn-video¬†url="http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2011/05/18/vault.vinci.pompeii.volcano.cnn"%5D
Remembering the Virginia Tech shootings - During the early morning hours of April 16, 2007, Cho Seung-Hui went on a shooting rampage that left 32 of his fellow students dead. The tragedy shook the campus of Virginia Tech and raised questions as to whether school officials reacted quickly enough. CNN's Brian Todd recounts the first moments of the shootings.
1982: Groundbreaking at Vietnam Memorial – On March 27th 1982 a group of 125 veterans gathered between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument to break ground at the future site of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Vietnam veteran Jan Scruggs spearheaded the movement to lobby congress and raise money through private funds to build the memorial. The black granite wall holds the names of 58,267 men and women who were killed or remain missing in action.
Man plunges off parliament balcony in protest – A Romanian man protesting government spending cuts threw himself 23 feet from a balcony as the Prime Minister began speaking. Television engineer Adrian Sobaru was apparently upset over the budget cuts that were going to affect benefits for his autistic son. The leap was broadcast live on national television while the Romanian Parliament was in the process of a no-confidence vote. The man survived with non life-threatening injuries. The government survived the no-confidence vote.
Cuban film features zombie revolution – Fifty years after Fidel Castro's revolution, a new revolution is brewing. Cuba's first-ever zombie flick, ‚ÄúJuan of the Dead‚ÄĚ brings the living dead to the streets of Havana. The plot features communist leaders claiming the living dead are part of a CIA-backed plot aimed at toppling the government. ‚ÄúJuan of the Dead," is Cuba's first zombie movie and is a mix of camp gore and wry satire. CNN‚Äôs Shasta Darlington walks with the undead and talks to the movie‚Äôs creators.