Events - September 20
1884 - If you thought equal rights for women is a modern concept, think again. On this day, the Equal Rights Party was formed in San Francisco, California. The party nominated Mrs. Belva Lockwood as their U.S. presidential candidate and Marietta Snow as Lockwood’s running mate.
1921 - KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania started one of the first daily radio newscasts in the country. The broadcast came from the city desk of "The Pittsburgh Post".
1948 - One of the most popular singing groups of the 1950s got their professional start on this day. The Four Freshmen did their first gig -- at the 113 Club in Fort Wayne, Indiana -- and went on to major success with Capitol Records. Hits included "It’s a Blue World", "Charmaine" and "Love is Just Around the Corner".
1953 - Lovely Loretta Young hosted a weekly TV show, "Letter to Loretta". Later (February 14, 1954), the name was changed to "The Loretta Young Show". As you might suspect, the show featured dramatic responses to letters Loretta had received from her fans during the years she had been a movie star.
1953 - Jimmy Stewart debuted in "The Six Shooter" on NBC. He played Britt Ponset on the radio Western.
1955 - "You’ll Never Get Rich" started its run on CBS-TV. Because of weak ratings, the name of the show was changed (less than two months later) to "The Phil Silvers Show", with the subtitle, "You’ll Never Get Rich". The change worked. The show, “An outrageous satire on military life,” became a hit on the tube and ran thru 1959.
1969 - "Sugar, Sugar", by The Archies, hit number one in "Billboard". The Archies sat at the top of the hit heap for four weeks.
1973 - In three straight sets, Billie Jean King showed who was the better tennis player in the "Battle of the Sexes". She defeated Bobby Riggs in the televised event at the Houston Astrodome, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3. Howard Cosell was the announcer.
1973 - Singer Jim Croce, his lead guitarist, Maury Muehleisen, and four others died when their plane crashed into a tree at Natchitoches, LA while taking off for a concert in Sherman, Texas.
1984 - NBC-TV debuted "The Cosby Show". Bill Cosby played Dr. Heathcliff (Cliff) Huxtable. His lovely wife, Clair, was played by Phylicia Rashad. The Huxtable kids were Sondra, age 20 (Sabrina Le Beauf), Denise, age 16 (Lisa Bonet), Theodore, age 14 (Malcom-Jamal Warner), Vanessa, age 8 (Tempestt Bledsoe) and Rudy, age 5 (Keshia Knight Pulliam). The premiere was the most watched show of the week and the show went on to become an Emmy Award-winner and one of the most popular on television for eight years.
1986 - NBC’s "The Golden Girls" won best comedy honors and CBS’s "Cagney & Lacey" won for top drama at the 38th Emmy Awards held in Pasadena, CA.
1986 - The number one pop hit in the U.S. was "Stuck With You", by Huey Lewis & The News. The song, from the multi-platinum album "Fore!", was stuck at #1 for three weeks.
1992 - Raymond Floyd won the Senior PGA Tour GTE North Classic at Indianapolis, Indiana. By winning, he became the first player to win tournaments on the regular and Senior PGA Tours in the same year (he had won the Doral-Ryder Open earlier that year).
1996 - Movies opening in the U.S.: "The First Wives Club", starring Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, Maggie Smith, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dan Hedaya, Bronson Pinchot, Jennifer Dundas, Eileen Heckart and Stephen Collins; "Last Man Standing", with Bruce Willis, Bruce Dern, William Sanderson, Christopher Walken, David Patrick Kelly, Karina Lombard, Ned Eisenberg, Alexandra Powers, Michael Imperioli and Ken Jenkins; and "Surviving Picasso", starring Anthony Hopkins, Natascha Mcelhone, Julianne Moore, Joss Ackland, Peter Eyre, Jane Lapotaire, Joseph Maher, Bob Peck, Diane Venora and Joan Plowright.
Birthdays - September 20
1878 - Upton (Beall) Sinclair (social/political reformer, author: The Jungle, Oil, Boston, Pulitzer Prize-winner: Dragon’s Teeth; died Nov 25, 1968)
1898 - Chuck (Charles Walter) Dressen (baseball: Cincinnati Reds, NY Giants; manager: Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers, Washington Senators, Milwaukee Braves, Detroit Tigers; coach: Brooklyn Dodgers, N.Y. Yankees, LA Dodgers; pro football player: Decatur Staleys, Racine Legion; died Aug 10, 1966)
1899 - Elliott Nugent (actor: Romance, The Unholy Three; director: Up in Arms, Welcome Stranger; died Aug 9, 1980)
1908 - Zeke (Henry John) Bonura (baseball: Chicago White Sox, Washington Nationals, NY Giants, Chicago Cubs; died Mar 9, 1987)
1911 - Frank DeVol (bandleader, songwriter: themes: The Brady Bunch, My Three Sons, The Love Boat; scores: The Dirty Dozen, Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte, Pillow Talk [more than 50 films]; died Oct 27, 1999)
1917 - Red (Arnold) Auerbach (Basketball Hall of Famer: Boston Celtics coach: most NBA Championships  [1957 & 1959-1966])
1918 - Peg Phillips (actress: Northern Exposure; died Nov 7, 2002)
1924 - Gogi Grant (Audrey Brown) (singer: The Wayward Wind, Suddenly There’s a Valley; dubbed vocals for Ann Blythe: The Helen Morgan Story; died Mar 10, 2016)
1927 - Johnny Dankworth (musician: alto sax, band leader, composer: Experiments with Mice, African Waltz, What the Dickens, The Avengers theme song; died Feb 6, 2010)
1927 - Rachel Roberts (actress: Murder on the Orient Express , The Tony Randall Show, Circle of Children; died Nov 26, 1980)
1928 - Donald A. Hall (author: The Ox Cart Man, Lucy’s Christmas; died in 1968)
1929 - Anne Meara (comedienne: Stiller & Meara; actress: Fame, All in the Family, Rhoda, The Paul Lynde Show, The Corner Bar, Alf; died May 23, 2015)
1931 - Peter Palmer (actor: Li’l Abner, Custer, Edward Scissorhands)
1934 - Sophia Loren (Sofia Scicolone) (Academy Award-winning actress: Two Women ; Black Orchid, Marriage Italian Style, Desire Under the Elms, El Cid, Man of La Mancha, Grumpier Old Men, Brief Encounter)
1935 - Jim Taylor (Pro Football Hall of Famer: Green Bay Packers running back: Super Bowl I, II; AP NFL Player of the Year ; New Orleans Saints)
1937 - Tom (Thomas Michael) Tresh (baseball: NY Yankees [Rookie of the Year: 1962/World Series: 1962, 1963, 1964/all-star: 1962, 1963], Detroit Tigers; died Oct 15, 2008)
1948 - Chuck Panozzo (musician: bass: group: Styx: Lady, Suite Madame Blue, Come Sail Away, Miss America, Castle Walls, Superstars, Renegade, Babe, The Best of Times, Too Much Time on My Hands, Mr. Roboto)
1948 - John Panozzo (musician: drums: group: Styx: Lady, Suite Madame Blue, Come Sail Away, Miss America, Castle Walls, Superstars, Renegade, Babe, The Best of Times, Too Much Time on My Hands, Mr. Roboto; died July 16, 1996)
1950 - Dave Twardzik (basketball: Portland Trailblazers; GM: Golden State Warriors)
1951 - Matt Blair (football: Minnesota Vikings LB: Super Bowls IX, XI)
1951 - Guy Lafleur (Hockey Hall of Famer: NHL: Montreal Canadiens [Hart Memorial Trophy: 1977, 1978], NY Rangers, Quebec Nordiques)
1954 - Brinke Stevens (model, actress, scream queen: Necromancy, Emmanuelle 4, Girls of Penthouse, Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama, The Jigsaw Murders, Transylvania Twist, Acting on Impulse, Invisible Mom, Mommy II: Mommys Day, Victoria’s Shadow, The Vampire Hunters Club, Witchouse 3: Demon Fire, Slumber Party Massacre IV)
1956 - Debbi Morgan (actress: Boston Public, Roots: The Next Generations, The Jesse Owens Story, All My Children, General Hospital, Eve’s Bayou, Love & Basketball)
1967 - Kristen Johnston (actress: 3rd Rock from the Sun, The Orkly Kid, Backfire!, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Nobody Knows Anything)
Chart Toppers - September 20
To Each His Own - Eddy Howard
Five Minutes More - Frank Sinatra
Surrender - Perry Como
Wine, Women and Song - Al Dexter
Sh-Boom - The Crew Cuts
Skokiaan - The Four Lads
The High and the Mighty - Les Baxter
I Don’t Hurt Anymore - Hank Snow
Sheila - Tommy Roe
Ramblin’ Rose - Nat King Cole
Green Onions - Booker T. & The MG’s
Devil Woman - Marty Robbins
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross
Lookin’ Out My Back Door/Long as I Can See the Light - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Patches - Clarence Carter
For the Good Times - Ray Price
Boogie Oogie Oogie - A Taste of Honey
Three Times a Lady - Commodores
Hot Blooded - Foreigner
I’ve Always Been Crazy - Waylon Jennings
Stuck with You - Huey Lewis & The News
Dancing on the Ceiling - Lionel Richie
Friends and Lovers - Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson
Got My Heart Set on You - John Conlee
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they‘d never end...
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