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CNN broadcasts two anniversary specials on Thursday and Friday, June 1 and 2 

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CNN will celebrate its 20th anniversary with two live prime-time specials on Thursday and Friday, June 1 and 2.

From the terrifying sounds of missiles screaming over Baghdad during the Gulf War to the horrifying explosion of the space shuttle Challenger in a perfect blue sky over Florida — all captured live on CNN — the network has helped to shape our view of the world.

In its two anniversary specials, CNN will revisit its broadcasts of some of the more momentous events of the past 20 years. Commentary will be provided by some of those who helped to make the news, and the host for the broadcasts will be Larry King, whose faltering career 20 years ago gained new impetus with his nightly "Larry King Live" broadcasts on CNN.

King is scheduled to interview the cameraman whose lens captured the moment of the shuttle explosion, reporters who covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, and other journalists whose jobs have put them in the eye of the storm of significant events. He'll also interview journalists and newsmakers about how 24-hour news coverage has changed news-gathering.

The anniversary specials will be broadcast from 9 to 11 p.m.

CNN has also launched a Web site, "CNN at 20," that highlights coverage from the network's first 20 years and provides an overview of how the news industry has changed since 1980. The URL for the site is www.cnn.com

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