Events in Film & TV on November 20

  • 1852 Charles Reade and Tom Taylor's historical comedy play "Masks & Faces" premieres in London
  • 1954 KTRK TV channel 13 in Houston, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting

Theater Premiere

1957 Morton Wishengrad's dramatic play "Rope Dancers", starring Art Carney, Siobhán McKenna, and Theodore Bikel, premieres at Cort Theatre, NYC; runs for 189 performances

Film & TV History

1958 American puppeteers Jim and Jane Henson establish Muppets, Inc. (now known as The Jim Henson Company)

  • 1959 WABC fires Alan Freed over his refusal to swear innocence in payola scandal (accepting bribes from record companies)
  • 1961 WPLG TV channel 10 in Miami, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1965 WCNY TV channel 24 in Syracuse, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting

Music History

1976 George Harrison appears on "Saturday Night Live": haggling with Lorne Michaels; performing "Here Comes the Sun" and "Homeward Bound" with Paul Simon; and airing two music videos

  • 1980 United Artists withdraws $44 million movie "Heaven's Gate" for re-editing

Theater Premiere

1981 Charles Fuller's stage drama "A Soldier's Play", featuring Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson, opens at Theater Four, NYC; runs for 468 performances, wins Pulitzer Prize

Album Release

1981 Ringo Starr releases album "Stop and Smell the Roses" in the UK

Film & TV History

1982 Drew Barrymore at age 7 hosts "Saturday Night Live"

Film Premiere

1983 "Terms of Endearment" from the book by Larry McMurtry, directed by James L. Brooks and starring Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger premieres in New York (Best Picture 1984)

  • 1983 100 million watch ABC TV movie "The Day After" about nuclear war

Music Premiere

1983 Musical "Marilyn: An American Fable", loosely based on life of Marilyn Monroe, opens at Minskoff Theater, NYC; runs for 17 performances

Music History

1997 Revival of Anton Chekov's stage drama "Ivanov", starring Kevin Kline, opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater, NYC; runs for 51 performances

Film Release

2002 "Die Another Day", 20th James Bond film released, directed by Lee Tamahori, starring Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry

Film & TV History

2018 Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan confirms he has paid off the debts of 1,398 farmers worth $560,000, amid Indian agricultural crisis

Film & TV History

2022 Disney announces Bob Iger's return as chief executive less than a year after he retired from the company [1]