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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Over the past 65 years, KFMB-TV has aired the good news and bad, the joyous and the sad, events that have been captured by the unblinking eye of a camera. These stories down through the decades have been presented by a distinguished group of photojournalists, editors, writers, reporters and anchors.

April 8, 1965: Before anyone had even uttered the words "breaking news," revered anchorman Ray Wilson was reporting on a shootout of a botched pawn shop robbery on the corner of 5th and F in the Gaslamp. Back then, photographers were allowed to wade into a crime scene to capture these amazing pictures.

September 25, 1978: One of the saddest days in San Diego history, when PSA Flight 182 on approach to Lindbergh Field collided with a private Cessna and crashed into a North Park neighborhood, killing 144 people.

January 29, 1979: Sixteen-year-old Brenda Spencer, who lived across the street from Cleveland Elementary School, took A .22 caliber rifle with a telescopic sight and fired 30 rounds of ammunition at the school, killing the school principal and custodian, injuring 8 children and a police officer. Her action spawned the Boomtown Rats song, "I Don't Like Mondays."She is currently in prison.

Over the years, throughout the decades, we have welcomed home our proud servicemen and women from deployments and conflicts and service all over the globe. The joyful reunions and family reunitings, the patriotic parades have been a constant source of pride and inspiration for our town and our staff.

July 18, 1984: James Huberty walked into a San Ysidro McDonalds with a 12-gauge shotgun and 9mm Uzi and fatally shot 21 people -- 5 of them children -- and injured 19 others. He was shot and killed by a police sniper. Later, Huberty's wife would attempt to sue McDonald's, claiming his actions were partially caused by eating too many chicken nuggets

October 6, 1984: At Jack Murphy Stadium, the Padres were down two games to one to the Chicago Cubs. Bottom of the ninth, Tony Gwynn on first. The Garv with the walk-off homer to right center to tie the series.

The next day, Tim Flannery's grounder through Leon Durham's leg would put the Padres in front. Goose Gossage would shut down the Cubs, and the Padres would make their first trip to the World Series.

July 25, 1990: It was the song heard 'round the nation, as Roseanne Barr butchered the National Anthem and then, mimicking ballplayers, spit and grabbed her crotch. There was outrage in this military town.

January 15, 1995: On fourth down and three, linebacker Dennis Gibson would tip a pass on the goal line to beat the Steelers and send the Chargers to Super Bowl XXIX in Miami. After the game, tens of thousands of Chargers fans would flock to the stadium to welcome the team home.

May 17, 1995: 35-year-old, Army vet, Shawn Nelson stole a tank from the Kearny Mesa National Guard armory and went on a rampage through the streets of Kearny Mesa and Clairemont, leaving a path of destruction behind him. He was eventually shot and killed by a police officer after the tank got stuck on a concrete median on the 163.

March 26, 1997: One the most bizarre stories we've ever covered. Thirty-eight members of the Heaven's Gate cult, including their leader, Marshall Applewhite, were found dead after a mass suicide inside a rented Rancho Santa Fe residence. Members believed that they need to die in order to gain entrance to a space ship that was following the comet Hale-Bopp.

In 1998, the Padres were headed back to the World Series after beating Houston and Altanta, before being swept by the Yankees in the fall classic.

Two hellish brush fires scorched our landscape and scarred our psyche in the new millennium. The Cedar Fire, which began on October 25, 2003, destroyed over 2,000 homes and burned 280,000 acres. The Witch Creek Fire, which began on October 21, 2007 and destroyed over 1,500 homes -- including mine -- and caused the evacuation of over one million people.

Throughout the years, there have been so many joyful reunions, joyous celebrations, so many occasions where this city has shown its compassion and resiliency. America's Finest City is truly filled with America's finest people, and know I speak for the staff past and present here at News 8 when I tell you it's a privilege be your source of information.

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