A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
3/21/1980 Who Shot J.R.?
March 21, 1980. There have been few times that more people in America were desperate to know Who Done It. Dallas was a hugely popular show and its 1980 season finale ended with J.R. Ewing, played by Larry Hagman, shot by an unseen assailant. All summer people buzzed and "Who shot J.R.?" t-shirts sold like Ewing petroleum. When the answer was revealed on November 21, more people were watching than voted in the presidential election weeks before.