There are so many events that have been video or audio recorded throughout history. These events can range from groundbreaking phenomenons to world tragedies to interviews with celebrities. In fact, there are so many instances and events in this world that have been recorded that most of us don’t even know we have access to these audio transcriptions, until now. Check out some of the most interesting and famous transcripts throughout history.
1. Apollo 11 Mission Transcripts
On July 20, 1969, the first human astronauts landed on the moon, and it was the Apollo 11 that helped Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin make it there safely. Most people have heard Neil Armstrong’s famous, “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind”. But did you know that you could actually read everything that occurred throughout that flight? The Apollo 11 Mission Transcripts can be found online on NASA’s website, and if it’s something you’re interested in reading (keeping in mind it’s about 1500 pages), you can.
2. The Court Trial of Charles Manson
In the late 1960s, Charles Manson and the individuals known as the Manson Family made a name for themselves when they were arrested for the brutal murders of actress Sharon Tate, Leno LaBianca and Rosemary LaBianca. Manson spent most of his life in and out of correctional facilities, and over the years, he created a commune of other loners that he claimed to be his family. Through his delusion of Helter Skelter, a race war that he believed was occurring, he convinced his family to kill Tate and the LaBiancas. The trial of Charles Manson has been transcribed and is available online.
3. Martin Luther King Jr.’s, “I Have a Dream” Speech
Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Activist that was against segregation and fought hard against the issue of race. On August 28, 1963, King gave the “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to over 250,000 supporters. This speech was known as one of the most significant and defining moments of the Civil Rights Movement, and it’s still talked about in most history classes today. Most people have heard only a few sentences from the speech, but the full audio speech and the entire transcript can be found online.
4. 1977 David Frost Interview with Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon was an American President that found himself in hot water and public scrutiny with the Watergate scandal. The Democratic National Committee headquarters experienced a break in, and Nixon’s administration tried to cover it up. Unfortunately, the cover up didn’t work, and Nixon knew that he was going to be impeached. He eventually resigned his post as President, and years later, he did a broadcasted interview with David Frost. Throughout the interview, Frost and Nixon discussed a variety of topics, but the most famous line from the interview is when Nixon states, “I have impeached myself. ”Transcripted sections from the broadcast can be found online.
Many organizations are always seeking volunteers to crowdsource transcription efforts for historical recordings. When resources from volunteers are not available some academic institutions prioritize audio and video files and seek out transcription services from providers with a low cost high accuracy model. There is also transcription software available however the technology is not advanced enough to result in accurate text resulting in additional need for human editing and reducing the overall value of using automated technology.
Mark Miller is a historical buff and a freelance writer who manages his time by recording his work and having it transcribed by professional transcriptionists.