Events in Film & TV on July 20

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

#1 in the Charts

1940 Billboard publishes its 1st singles record chart - "I'll Never Smile Again" by Tommy Dorsey, with vocal by Frank Sinatra is #1

Pro Wrestling

1948 Lou Thesz beats Bill Longson, to become NWA wrestling champion

  • 1950 "Arthur Murray Party" premieres on ABC TV (later DuMont, CBS, NBC)

Engagement of Interest

1968 Jane Asher breaks her engagement with Beatle bassist, singer, and songwriter Paul McCartney, live on BBC-TV's "Dee Time" programme

Music Concert

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

Famous Photo

1984 Vanessa Williams is asked to resign as Miss America due to publication of nude photos of her

Sports History

1994 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson offers $500,000 reward for evidence of ex-wife's klller

  • 2000 33rd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Film & TV History

2001 "Spirited Away " written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki is released in Japan (Academy Award Best Animated Feature 2003)

  • 2006 39th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

TV Show Appearance

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
  • 2021 Leyna Bloom becomes Sports Illustrated's first transgender cover model