Events in Film & TV on February 20

  • 1944 Batman & Robin comic strip premieres in newspapers

Film Release

1952 "African Queen" film directed by John Huston, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn is released in the US

  • 1956 WOSU TV channel 34 in Columbus, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film Premiere

1958 Adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov", starring Yul Brynner and featuring William Shatner's film debut, premieres at Radio City Music Hall, NYC

  • 1971 National Emergency Center erroneously orders US radio & TV stations to go off the air. Mistake wasn't resolved for 30 minutes

Film and TV Awards

1978 4th People's Choice Awards: John Wayne and Barbra Streisand (Motion Picture), and James Garner and Mary Tyler Moore (TV) win

  • 1978 Bob Backland beats "Superstar" Billy Graham in NYC, to become WWF wrestling champion
  • 1979 29th Berlin International Film Festival: "David" wins the Golden Bear

Daytona 500

1983 25th Daytona 500: 3rd win in the event for Cale Yarborough; first time an in-car camera goes into victory lane before a national CBS Sports audience

  • 1987 37th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Theme" wins the Golden Bear
  • 1987 David Hartman quits ABC's "Good Morning America" after 11 years

Music History

1991 Alan Ayckbourn's stage farce "Taking Steps" opens at Circle in Square Theater, NYC; runs for 78 performances

Music History

1992 Revival of Noël Coward's stage comedy "Private Lives" opens at Broadhurst Theater, NYC; runs for 37 performances

  • 1998 US movie box office hits quickest $1 billion for year (51 days)

Film & TV History

2015 Kristen Stewart is the first American actress to win a French César Award as Best Supporting Actress for "Clouds of Sils Maria"