On This Day

Events in Film & TV on October 20

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1911 Helen Hayes Theater (Folies Bergere) opens at 210W 46th St, NYC

Actress Helen Hayes
Actress
Helen Hayes
  • 1930 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, premieres on NBC radio
  • 1932 Journalist Robert Trout joins CBS
  • 1947 HUAC opens hearings into alleged Communist influence in Hollywood
  • 1953 WRAU (now WHOI) TV channel 19 in Peoria, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1954 Leigh, Charlap, Styne, Comden and Green's musical "Peter Pan", starring Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard, opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC; runs for 152 performances

Actress Mary Martin
Actress
Mary Martin
  • 1955 "No Time for Sergeants" opens on Broadway, starring Andy Griffith

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1955 Publication of "The Return of the King", the 3rd and final volume of "The Lord of the Rings" by J. R. R. Tolkien by George Allen and Unwin in London

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • 1959 WABG TV channel 6 in Greenwood-Greenville, MS (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1963 WITV TV channel 7 in Charleston, South Carolina (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 KMXN (now KJTV) TV channel 34 in Lubbock, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 A purported bigfoot is filmed at Bluff Creek by Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin in Northern California
  • 1969 WKYH (now WYMT) TV channel 57 in Hazard, KY (NBC) begins broadcasting

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

1973 Mariette Hartley appears on "The Bob Newhart Show" in the episode "Have You Met Miss Dietz?"

Comedian and Actor Bob Newhart
Comedian and Actor
Bob Newhart

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1979 Bob Dylan appears on "Saturday Night Live"

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels

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1998 Comedian Richard Pryor is awarded the 1st ever Mark Twain Prize for American Humour

Comedian and Actor Richard Pryor
Comedian and Actor
Richard Pryor
  • 2017 "Coco" Pixar animated film, the first nine-figure budget film with all-Latino cast premieres at Morelia film festival