Daily Archives: September 16, 2012

‘The Streets of San Francisco’ debuts on ABC-TV 40 years ago this hour (1972)

Video: 'Streets Of San Francisco Pilot' (Sept. 16, 1972)

(Saturday, September 16, 1972, 9:00 p.m. EDT)The Streets of San Francisco, a television police drama series about two detectives in the San Francisco Bay Area, debuted tonight on ABC-TV as a two-hour pilot. It starred Karl Malden and Michael Douglas. Continue reading ‘The Streets of San Francisco’ debuts on ABC-TV 40 years ago this hour (1972)

Germans attack Russian grain elevator near Stalingrad 70 years ago today (1942)

Video: Sept. 16, 1942 (at 5:59)

(Wednesday, September 16, 1942, during the Battle of Stalingrad, part of the Eastern Front of World War II) — Wilhelm Hoffman, a soldier in the 267th Infantry Regiment, 94th Infantry Division of the German 6th Army who chronicled the Battle of Stalingrad in his journal, wrote today:

Our battalion, plus tanks, is attacking the [grain] elevator, from which smoke is pouring – the grain in it is burning, the Russians seem to have set it light themselves. Barbarism . . . The elevator is occupied not by men, but by devils that no flames or bullets can destroy . . .

Massacre of Palestinian and Lebanese Shiite civilians in Beirut begins 30 years ago this hour (1982)

Video: 'The Sabra and Shatila massacres - 16 Sep 07'

(Thursday, September 16, 1982, 6:00 p.m. local time, during the Lebanese civil war) — The massacre of between 1,200 and 1,400 Palestinian men, women and children at the hands of Israeli-allied Christian Phalange militiamen began tonight in west Beirut’s Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Beirut, Lebanon.