[Daily article] October 24: Subway (Homicide: Life on the Street)

“Subway” is the seventh episode of the sixth season of the American
police television drama Homicide: Life on the Street, and the 84th
episode overall. It first aired on NBC in the United States on December
5, 1997. In the episode, John Lange (Vincent D’Onofrio) becomes pinned
between a subway train and the station platform. The Baltimore homicide
department is informed that Lange will be dead within an hour, and
Pembleton tries to determine if the case is a homicide while comforting
Lange in his final minutes. “Subway” received overwhelmingly positive
reviews but ranked number three in its time-slot during its original
broadcast, capturing 10.3 million viewers but falling behind ABC’s 20/20
and CBS’s Nash Bridges. The episode won a Peabody Award for excellence
in television broadcasting and was nominated for two Emmy Awards, one
for Yoshimura’s script and one for D’Onofrio’s guest performance. Vince
Gilligan, an X-Files screenwriter, said that “Subway” directly
influenced an episode he wrote that featured Bryan Cranston, and
Cranston’s performance led to his casting in Gilligan’s series Breaking
Bad.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:

1260:

Qutuz, Mamluk sultan of Egypt, was assassinated by a fellow
Mamluk leader, Baibars, who then seized power for himself.

1795:

As a result of the Third Partition of Poland, the
Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth ceased to exist as an independent state
as its territory was divided between Austria, Prussia, and Russia.

1912:

First Balkan War: Serbian forces defeated the Ottoman army at
the Battle of Kumanovo in Vardar Macedonia.

1949:

The cornerstone of the United Nations Headquarters building in
New York City was laid.

2007:

Chang’e 1, the first satellite in the Chinese Lunar Exploration
Program, was launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

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Wiktionary’s word of the day:

batman:
(historical) A unit of mass used in the Ottoman Empire and among Turkic
peoples of the Russian Empire, the value of which varied from place to
place throughout history. In the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century it
was equal to six okas (16 pounds 8 ounces avoirdupois; 7.484 kilograms),
and when the Turkish system of weights and measures was metricated in
1931 the oka was fixed at 1 kilogram and the batman at 10 okas (10
kilograms).

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Wikiquote quote of the day:

  To serve the people, one must write for the ideal reader. Only for
the ideal reader. And who or what is that ideal reader? God. One must
imagine, One must deeply imagine that great Attention Only so,
In lonely dialog, can one reach the people.  
–Denise Levertov

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