Daily Archives: September 22, 2012

‘The West Wing’ and ‘Friends’ top Emmys 10 years ago tonight (2002)

Video: 'The West Wing: Twenty Five'

(Sunday, September 22, 2002)The West Wing, NBC’s dramatic series about a fictional White House, won its third consecutive Emmy tonight as best drama at the 54th Primetime Emmy Awards at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Friends, the NBC series that has been nominated four times for best comedy, won the top award tonight after nine seasons.

Video: 'Friends Theme Season 8'

‘Family Ties’ debuts on NBC-TV 30 years ago this hour (1982)

Video: 'Family Ties TV Show Opening Theme Season One 1982'

(Wednesday, September 22, 1982, 9:30 p.m. EDT)Family Ties, a television situation comedy series reflecting the move in the United States from the cultural liberalism of the 1960s and 1970s to the conservatism of the 1980s, debuted tonight on NBC-TV. It starred Meredith Baxter-Birney, Michael Gross, Michael J. Fox, Justine Bateman and Tina Yothers (click here to watch the first episode).

Russian resistance broken at grain elevator in Stalingrad 70 years ago today (1942)

Video: Sept. 22, 1942 (at 6:34)

(Tuesday, September 22, 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:

“Russian resistance in the elevator has been broken. Our troops are advancing toward the Volga. We found about 40 Russians dead in the elevator building. Half of them were wearing naval uniforms-sea devils. One prisoner was captured, seriously wounded, who can’t speak, or is shamming.”

President Lincoln issues preliminary Emancipation Proclamation 150 years ago today (1862)

Video: Sept. 22, 1862 (at 1:03:08)

(Monday, September 22, 1862, during the American Civil War) — Five days after a strategic Union victory at the Battle of Antietam, in which Union troops turned back a Confederate invasion of Maryland, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln today issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring that than three million black slaves in areas still in rebellion within 100 days would be free.

Nixon to Eisenhower: ‘Shit or get off the pot’ 60 years ago this hour (1952)

Video: Sept. 21, 1952 (at 4:30)

(Sunday, September 21, 1952, 10:00 p.m. PDT, during the 1952 U.S. presidential campaign) — During a telephone call, GOP vice presidential nominee Richard Nixon, who had decided to make a television/radio broadcast to defend himself against charges he had improperly kept a “secret” fund, asked GOP presidential nominee Dwight D. Eisenhower if the general would be able to make a decision on Nixon’s fate immediately after the broadcast.

When Eisenhower hesitated, Nixon angrily burst out: “General, there comes a time in matters like this when you’ve either got to shit or get off the pot.”

Eisenhower replied that it might take three or four days to gauge public reaction.