Events in Film & TV on December 20

Film & TV History

1920 Bob Hope becomes an American citizen

  • 1928 Ethel Barrymore Theater opens at 243 W 47th St NYC

Film Premiere

1946 Christmas classic "It's a Wonderful Life" film, directed by Frank Capra, starring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore premieres in New York

Film Premiere

1950 "Harvey" starring James Stewart premieres in New York

  • 1952 KHQ TV channel 6 in Spokane, WA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 KID (now KIDK) TV channel 3 in Idaho Falls, ID (CBS) 1st broadcasting
  • 1953 KWTV TV channel 9 in Oklahoma City, OK (CBS) begins broadcasting

Music History

1962 Osmond brothers debut on Andy Williams Show

Film Release

1963 "Contempt" film directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Brigitte Bardot and Jack Palance, is released

Film & TV History

1972 Neil Simons "Sunshine Boys" premieres in NYC

Film Release

1974 "The Godfather Part II", directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1975)

  • 1985 Sportscaster Howard Cosell retires from television sports after 20 years with ABC

Film Premiere

1988 "Working Girl" premieres directed by Mike Nicols, starring Melanie Griffin, Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver

  • 1988 NBC signs lease to stay in NYC, 33 more years

Film Release

1996 Horror film classic "Scream", starring Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox, is released