On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for July 20

Events in Film & TV

  • 1935 1st broadcast of "Gang Busters" on NBC-radio

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1948 Lou Thesz beats Bill Longson, to become NWA wrestling champion

Professional Wrestler Lou Thesz
Professional Wrestler
Lou Thesz
  • 1950 "Arthur Murray Party" premieres on ABC TV (later DuMont, CBS, NBC)
  • 1977 10th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel
  • 1981 Irene Sáez, of Venezuela, crowned 30th Miss Universe

CameraFamous Photo

1984 Vanessa Williams is asked to resign as Miss America due to publication of nude photos of her

Singer and Actress Vanessa Williams
Singer and Actress
Vanessa Williams

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1994 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson offers $500,000 reward for evidence of ex-wife's klller

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 2000 33rd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2001 "Spirited Away " written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki is released in Japan (Academy Award Best Animated Feature 2003)

Animated filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki
Animated filmmaker
Hayao Miyazaki
  • 2006 39th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

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2006 During an appearance on "The Tonight Show", Colin Farrell is confronted by telephone sex worker Dessarae Bradford, who had been stalking the actor

  • 2012 12 people are killed and 59 injured after a gunman opens fire at a Dark Knight movie premier in Aurora, Colorado,
  • 2018 American director James Gunn fired as director of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" by Disney after past offensive tweets surface

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1793 Aleksander Fredro, Polish poet and comedy writer (Pan Jowiolski), born in Surochów, Poland (d. 1876)
  • 1889 John Charles Reith, 1st Baron Reith, British broadcasting executive and 1st director-general of BBC (1927-38), born in Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, Scotland (d. 1971)
  • 1890 Verna Felton, American actress (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Lady and the Tramp, December Bride), born in Salinas, California (d. 1966)
  • 1893 George Llewelyn-Davies, English inspiration for the Peter Pan character, born in London (d. 1915)
  • 1914 William John Phillips, British actor (Nothing but a Man, Z-Cars), born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England (d. 1995)
  • 1924 Lola Albright, American singer and actress (Delta Country, Kid Galahad, A Cold Wind in August), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2017)
  • 1926 Patricia "Pat" Cutts, British actress (Coronation Street), born in London, England (d. 1974)
  • 1929 Rajendra Kumar, Indian actor, producer and director (Arzoo, Love Story, Sangam), born in Sialkot, Punjab, British India (d. 1999)
  • 1930 Sally Ann Howes, British singer and actress (Truly Scrumptious-Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Brigadoon), born in London, England
  • 1932 Nam June Paik, Korean video artist (Medium is the Medium; hommage à john cage), born in Seoul, Korea (d. 2006)
  • 1933 Aliki Vouyouklaki, actress (Madalena)
  • 1935 Ted Rogers, comedian (Aladdin, Cinderella), born in London, England
  • 1937 Ken Ogata [Akinobu Ogata], Japanese actor (Okinawan Boys, Taikōki), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2008)
  • 1938 Diana Rigg, English actress (Emma Peel-Avengers, Game of Thrones), born in Doncaster England (d. 2020)
  • 1938 Natalie Wood [Natasha Gurdin], American actress (Gypsy, Rebel Without a Cause, West Side Story), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1981)
  • 1941 Kurt Raab, German actor (d. 1988)
  • 1943 Wendy Richard, English actress (EastEnders), born in Middlesborough, England (d. 2009)
  • 1950 Tantoo Cardinal, Canadian actress
  • 1951 Jeff Rawle, English actor
  • 1952 Keiko Matsuzaka, Japanese actress
  • 1954 Moira Harris, American actress
  • 1957 Donna Dixon, American actress, former beauty queen, and wife of actor Dan Aykroyd (Couch Trip, Bossom Buddies), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1962 Carlos Alazraqui, American actor and comedian
  • 1963 Frank Whaley, American actor (Pulp Fiction), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1964 Dean Winters, American actor
  • 1967 Reed Diamond, American actor, born in New York City
  • 1968 Chris Kennedy, actor (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure)
  • 1968 Michael Park, American actor
  • 1968 Julian Rhind-Tutt, English actor
  • 1969 Josh Holloway, American actor

Person of interestSandra Oh

1971 Sandra Oh, Korean Canadian actress (Grey's Anatomy), born in Nepean, Ontario

Actress Sandra Oh
Sandra Oh
  • 1972 Vitamin C [Colleen Ann Fitzpatrick], American singer and actress, born in Old Bridge, New Jersey
  • 1974 Simon Rex, American actor
  • 1975 Judy Greer, American actress
  • 1975 El Zorro, Mexican professional wrestler
  • 1978 Charlie Korsmo, actor (Dick Tracy, What About Bob)
  • 1978 Elliott Yamin, American Idol contestant
  • 1979 Claudine Barretto, Filipino actress
  • 1980 Gisele Bündchen, Brazilian model
  • 1982 Percy Daggs III, American actor
  • 1985 John Francis Daley, American actor
  • 1988 Julianne Hough, American ballroom dancer and TV personality (Dancing With The Stars), born in Orem, Utah
  • 1989 Witwisit Hirunwongkul, Thai actor
  • 1991 William Tomlin, British actor
  • 1992 Paige Hurd, American actress
  • 1997 Billi Bruno, American actress

Weddings in Film & TV

LoveWedding of Interest

1975 "The Exorcist" writer William Peter Blatty (47) weds tennis player Linda Tuero (24) in Las Vegas

Writer & Filmmaker William Peter Blatty
Writer & Filmmaker
William Peter Blatty
  • 1996 Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters (48) weds investment adviser Michael Wittenberg (34) in Millbrook, New York
  • 2002 ABC's World News Tonight co-host Elizabeth Vargas (39) weds singer-songwriter Marc Cohn (43) at the Council on Foreign Relations

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 1966 American actress Jayne Mansfield and American film producer and director Matt Cimber file for divorce, after less than 2 years of marriage
  • 2012 "Game of Thrones" actress Lena Headey (38) divorces musician Peter Loughran due to irreconcilable differences

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1944 Mildred Harris, American actress (b. 1901)
  • 1958 Franklin Pangborn, American actor (My Best Gal, Hats Off, Easy Living), dies at 69
  • 1959 Harry Fox [Arthur Carringford], American vaudeville dancer, comedian and actor (Talent Scout), dies at 77
  • 1966 Julien Carette, French actor (Sylvia & the Phantom), dies of burns at 68

Person of interestBruce Lee

1973 Bruce Lee [Lee Yuen Kam], Hong Kong and American martial artist and actor (Enter the Dragon), dies at 32

Martial Artist and Actor Bruce Lee
Martial Artist and Actor
Bruce Lee
  • 1974 Allen Jenkins, American actor (Hey Jeannie, Top Cop, Girl Habit), dies at 74
  • 1977 Carter DeHaven, American actor (Courage, Great Dictator), dies at 90
  • 1983 Frank Reynolds, American news anchor (ABC Evening News, 1968-70; World New Tonight, 1977-83), dies at 59
  • 1986 Helen Craig, American actress (Snake Pit, They Live by Night), dies at 74
  • 1987 Richard Egan, American actor (Empire, Redigo, Pollyanna), dies of cancer at 63
  • 1989 Mary Treen, actress (Career, Rock-a-bye Baby), dies at 71
  • 1990 Sara Heyblom, Dutch actress (Obsessions, Pygmalion), dies
  • 1991 Rellys [Henri Marius Bourrelly], French actor (Letters from My Windmill), dies at 86
  • 1997 Linda Stirling, college prof/B movie actress (Pretender), dies at 75
  • 1998 June Byers, American professional wrestler (b. 1922)
  • 1999 Sandra Gould, American actress (b. 1916)
  • 2001 Werner Haentjes, German conductor and composer of operas and film scores, dies at 77
  • 2005 James Doohan, Canadian actor (Star Trek), dies from Pulmonary fibrosis at 85
  • 2005 Kayo Hatta, American film director (b. 1958)
  • 2006 Gérard Oury, French filmmaker (b. 1919)
  • 2006 Robert Cornthwaite, American actor (Thing, War of the Worlds, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?), dies of natural causes at 89
  • 2007 Ivor Emmanuel, Welsh singer and actor (Zulu, Show Boat, Kiss Me, Kate), dies of a stroke at 79
  • 2007 Bill Flemming, American journalist and sportscaster (ABC's Wide World of Sports), dies at 80
  • 2012 Simon Ward, English actor, dies at 70
  • 2012 Sir Alastair Burnet [James William Alexander Burnet], British journalist and broadcaster (News at Ten), dies at 84