On This Day

On This Day in Film & TV for May 20

Events in Film & TV

  • 1891 1st public display of Thomas Edison's prototype kinetoscope to members of the National Federation of Women's Club
  • 1895 1st commercial movie performance (153 Broadway, NYC)
  • 1926 Thomas Edison says Americans prefer silent movies over talkies
  • 1960 13th Cannes Film Festival: "The Sweet Life" directed by Federico Fellini wins the Palme d'Or
  • 1966 19th Cannes Film Festival: "A Man and a Woman" directed by Claude Lelouch and "The Birds, the Bees and the Italians" directed by Pietro Germi jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • 1967 BBC bans the Beatles' "A Day in the Life" because of drug references
  • 1970 Beatles' "Let it Be" movie premieres in UK
  • 1973 25th Emmy Awards: Waltons, All in the Family & Mary Tyler Moore win
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Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1995 "Eagles" singer Don Henley (47) weds model Sharon Summerall (33) in Malibu
  • 1995 "Broadcast News" actress Holly Hunter (37) weds cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (35)
  • 2000 "Benny and Joon" actress Mary Stuart Masterson (33) weds film director Damon Santostefano

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Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1909 Ernest Hogan, blackface comedian and musician (b. 1859)
  • 1956 Andre Eugene Maurice Charlot, actor (Summer Storm), dies
  • 1969 Fred Sherman, American actor (Chain Lightning), dies after a stroke at 64
  • 1969 Royal Beal, American actor (Death of a Salesman), dies of cancer at 69
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