On This Day

Events in Film & TV on July 20

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

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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

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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

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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