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On the evening of 25 September, 1983, the 35th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony were being held in the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, CA, located about ten miles north of downtown Los Angeles. At approximately 6:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time, the ceremony was interrupted by the announcement of the launching of Soviet nuclear missiles against the United States.

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The Ceremony

Hosting the 35th Primetime Emmy Awards were Eddie Murphy and Joan Rivers; it was being broadcast by NBC on a time delay to allow broadcast on the East Coast.

The Doomsday Announcement

Shortly after NBC Television had abruptly cut away from the ceremony without the knowledge of either hosts or the audience, it is believed NBC president Brandon Tartikoff phoned the Auditorium to alert attendees of the situation. A few moments later, one of the venue's security guards is said to have rushed onto the ceremony stage and announced that hundreds of ballistic missiles sent from the Soviet Union were about to hit the United States. 


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