On This Day in Film & TV for July 20

Events in Film & TV

  • 1935 1st broadcast of "Gang Busters" on NBC-radio
  • 1940 Billboard publishes its 1st singles record chart - "I'll Never Smile Again" by Tommy Dorsey, with vocal by Frank Sinatra is #1
  • 1948 Lou Thesz beats Bill Longson, to become NWA wrestling champion
  • 1950 "Arthur Murray Party" premieres on ABC TV (later DuMont, CBS, NBC)
  • 1968 Jane Asher breaks her engagement with Beatle bassist, singer, and songwriter Paul McCartney, live on BBC-TV's "Dee Time" programme
  • 1968 Judy Garland headlines concert also featuring Count Basie and Jackie Wilson at JFK Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; her last US concert
  • 1977 10th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel
  • 1981 Irene Sáez, of Venezuela, crowned 30th Miss Universe
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Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1975 "The Exorcist" writer William Peter Blatty (47) weds tennis player Linda Tuero (24) in Las Vegas
  • 1996 Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters (48) weds investment adviser Michael Wittenberg (34) at Mary Tyler Moore's home 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

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