On This Day — 20 July

20 July 1974: Joanne Samuel (Class Of ’74)

20 July 1985: Maggie Kirkpatrick (Prisoner)

20 July 1991: Richard Huggett (Neighbours), Rebecca Elmaloglou (Home And Away), Melissa Tkautz (E Street)

20 July 1996: Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) and Dieter Brummer (Garage, Shark Bay)

20 July 2002: Ada Nicodemou (Home And Away)


20 July 1973: The Evil Touch, a 26-episode anthology series of mysteries, makes its debut on GTV9. The series was an Australian production but with an eye on the overseas market featured guest appearances by a list of American actors. Although Australian television was still in black-and-white, the series was produced in colour to attract overseas sales — a tactic employed by a number of Australian productions during that era.

20 July 1979: GTV9 presents a delayed coverage of the 1979 Miss Universe pageant, held at Perth’s Entertainment Centre earlier that day to align with prime time in the United States. The event is hosted by American personalities Helen O’Connell and Bob Barker. Judges include Carol Lynley, Lana Cantrell, LeVar Burton and Ita Buttrose.

20 July 1992: ABC debuts children’s series Bananas In Pyjamas, featuring the characters from Play School. The series of 40 five-minute episodes is narrated by Karina Kelly.

20 July 1995: Rob Guest and Johanna Griggs host the special Missing Pieces, covering a variety of human interest stories and inviting viewers to call in with clues to help solve various mysteries.

20 July 1996: The Games Of The XXVI Olympiad begin from Atlanta, Georgia, with the Opening Ceremony (10am live AEST, 7.30pm replay) and Day One of competition (11pm).

20 July 2009: The 7PM Project (later The Project, following a timeslot change) debuts on Ten.

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