1. The first Emmy Awards were presented at the dawn of commerical television, on January 25, 1949. The very first Emmy (Outstanding Television Personality) was awarded to ventriloquist Shirley Dinsdale (who?).
2. Those first Emmy Awards were presented only to Los Angeles-based programming.
3. The Emmy Awards ceremony became the Emmy Awards ceremonies in 1974, when awards for daytime programming were spun off into their own televised program.
4. The Emmy statuette is 15 1/2 inches tall and weighs 6 pounds, 12 1/2 ounces.
5. Although it was quickly cancelled, the first Bob Newhart Show won the Emmy for Best Comedy in 1962.
6. Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling was the President of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (which awards the Emmys) in 1965-1966.
7. The record for most wins in the Best Drama category is 4, held by Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, The West Wing and Mad Men. With its nomination this year, Mad Men has a shot at breaking that tie.
8. Frasier holds the record for most wins for a series with 37 total triumphs.
9. Cloris Leachman has won more performance Emmys (8) than any other performer.
10. Carroll O’Connor is the only man to have won for leading actor in both the comedy (All in the Family) and drama (In the Heat of the Night) series categories.