Events in Film & TV on October 20

Film & TV History

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

  • 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 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

Music History

1955 Calypso singer Harry Belafonte records his signature tune "Day-O" (Banana Boat Song) in NYC

  • 1955 Ira Levin's stage comedy "No Time for Sergeants", based on Mac Hymans's novel, starring Andy Griffith, and featuring Don Knotts, opens at Alvin Theatre, NYC; runs for 796 performances

Historic Publication

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

  • 1959 WABG TV channel 6 in Greenwood-Greenville, MS (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1963 WITV TV channel 7 in Charleston, South Carolina (PBS) begins broadcasting

Music Premiere

1964 Lee Adams and Charles Strouse's musical adaptation of Clifford Odet's "Golden Boy", starring Sammy Davis Jr. opens at Majestic Theater, NYC; runs for 569 performances

  • 1967 A purported bigfoot is filmed at Bluff Creek by Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin in Northern California
  • 1967 KMXN (now KJTV) TV channel 34 in Lubbock, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1969 WKYH (now WYMT) TV channel 57 in Hazard, KY (NBC) begins broadcasting

Music Premiere

1971 Melvin Van Peebles' musical "Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death" opens at Barrymore Theater, NYC; runs for 325 performances

TV Show Appearance

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

  • 1977 Revival of stage play "Dracula" premieres in NYC starring Frank Langella as Dracula

Music History

1979 Bob Dylan make his only appearance on "Saturday Night Live" performing three songs from his album Slow Train Coming: ‘When You Gonna Wake Up’, ‘Gotta Serve Somebody’ and ‘I Believe in You’'

Film & TV History

1998 Comedian Richard Pryor is awarded the 1st ever Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

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