Events in Film & TV on May 20

  • 1895 1st commercial movie performance (153 Broadway, NYC)

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1926 Thomas Edison says Americans prefer silent movies over talkies

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison

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1960 13th Cannes Film Festival: "The Sweet Life" directed by Federico Fellini wins the Palme d'Or

Film director, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini
  • 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

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

1973 25th Emmy Awards: Waltons, All in the Family & Mary Tyler Moore win

  • 1985 38th Cannes Film Festival: "When Father Was Away on Business" directed by Emir Kusturica wins the Palme d'Or
  • 1986 Christy Fichtner, 23, (Texas), crowned 35th Miss USA
  • 1986 Flintstones 25th Anniversary Celebration airs on CBS-tv
  • 1987 Wrestler Jerry Lawler sues WWF & Harley Race for trademark name "king"

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1989 Toonces The Cat takes the wheel on "Saturday Night Live"

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • 1991 44th Cannes Film Festival: "Barton Fink" directed by Ethan and Joel Coen wins the Palme d'Or
  • 1993 274th & final "Cheers" episode on NBC
  • 1994 Sushmita Sen from India is crowned the 43rd Miss Universe at 18 years old
  • 1994 Sony Theaters & Cineplex (NYC) hike movie ticket prices to $8.00
  • 1995 CBS News fires co-anchor Connie Chung
  • 1996 49th Cannes Film Festival: "Secrets & Lies" directed by Mike Leigh wins the Palme d'Or

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

2003 The reality series "America's Next Top Model", created by Tyra Banks, debuts on UPN

Supwemodel & Actress Tyra Banks
Supwemodel & Actress
Tyra Banks
  • 2007 53rd British Academy Television Awards: "That Mitchell and Webb Look" Best Comedy, "The Street" Best Drama

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2015 David Letterman, after 33 years, hosts the "Late Show with David Letterman" for the last time

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman