Puppeteer Shirley Dinsdale, along with her puppet Judy Splinters, was the first-ever recipient of an Emmy award. She won for Most Outstanding Television Personality.
Even at this point, the estimated cost of broadcasting the Emmys was only $250.
This year there was no coast-to-coast network broadcast available; the Emmy winners in New York had to be notified by telephone.
This is the first time a syndicated program and a cartoon series has ever won an Emmy (Huckleberry Hound).
This is the first year where an Emmy was awarded to a black person, Harry Belafonte was awarded Best Performance in a Variety Show for his TV special "Tonight with Belafonte."
This is the first time the telecast used film and tape clips from nominated shows.
Shelley Winters, who won the Emmy for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress, mistakenly thanked the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences instead of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences when she accepted her award.
This year an international Emmy was introduced and given to the U.K's Granada Television for its adaptation of the novel "War and Peace".
Bill Cosby became the second black actor to win an Emmy since Harry Belafonte in 1960.
This year was the first time the News and Documentary Emmys are placed in a separate telecast from the New York Hilton.
This year CBS broke the record for most Emmys won by a network in a single year with 44.
This year "Super Emmys" awarded for the first time so people from different categories could compete against eachother, following many complaints the "Super Emmys" were dropped after the broadcast.
At three and a half hours, this is the longest Emmy awards so far.
The first tie ever at the Emmys occurred this year between ABC's Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years and NBC's Sybil both directed by Daniel Petrie in the category "Outstanding Special or Drama".
This year, Roots set the record for most Emmys won in a single season with 37 nominations and 9 wins.
This year Hill Street Blues became the most honored drama series in history with a total of 25 Emmy wins.
The time cap on acceptance speeches was reinstated this year.
Fox issued a public apology regarding comedian Gilbert Gottfried's off-color comments in this year's Emmys.
This is first Emmys where a woman wins for directing; it was Betty Thomas for Dream On.
The Simpsons 4th Emmy for "Outstanding Animated Program" makes it the biggest winner of the award ever.