Events in Film & TV on May 20

Film & TV History

1891 1st public display of Thomas Edison's prototype kinetoscope to members of the National Federation of Women's Club

  • 1895 1st commercial movie performance (153 Broadway, NYC)
  • 1926 Thomas Edison says Americans prefer silent movies over talkies

Cannes Film Festival

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

  • 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 The Beatles' "Let it Be" documentary film directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, premieres at the Liverpool Gaumont Cinema and the London Pavilion; none of the group attend

Emmy 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"

Film Premiere

1989 Premiere of sports fantasy drama film "Field of Dreams", based on W. P. Kinsella's novel "Shoeless Joe", starring Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta and Burt Lancaster in his final film role

Film & TV History

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

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

Television Debut

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

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

Film & TV History

2015 David Letterman hosts the "Late Show with David Letterman" for the last time, ending 33 years in late night television