It's easy to take the awesome power of television for granted these days — with hundreds of channels, DVRs, and online TV viewing. But only 50 years ago, TV changed the face of American culture, delivering two of U.S. history's most significant moments: President John F. Kennedy's assassination (Nov. 22, 1963) and the Beatles performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" 80 days later (Feb. 9, 1964).
At this year's Emmy Awards, six-time Emmy nominee Don Cheadle ("House of Lies") will present a special tribute to the TV milestones of 1963. It will explore the ties between JFK's assassination and the Beatles performance, which are often linked in the patchwork of the '60s.
Post-tribute, six-time Grammy Award-winning artist Carrie Underwood will honor the era's music with a performance.
Other memorable TV moments from 1963 include Americans opting for TV news over newspapers for the first time, network newscasts expanding from 15 to 30 minutes, and the FCC approving at-home remote controls.
"To have an opportunity to look back at a time that represented television's finest hour in a program that celebrates so many of this year's achievements is what makes the Emmys special," said Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich. "We are certain that viewers will enjoy this special tribute."
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will air from the Nokia Theatre LA Live on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. on CBS.