September 20 – Retro History From The 50s to 80s

On September 20, 1973 Billy Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in battle-of-sexes tennis match

Retro Events For The Decade 1980

1989 FW De Klerk sworn in as president of South Africa
1989 Musical “Miss Saigon,” premieres in London
1989 U.S. Air overshoots runway at LaGuardia Airport in New York City, 2 people die
1988 Darrell Evans hits his 400th career home run
1988 Greg Louganis wins Olympic gold medal in springboard diving
1988 Wade Boggs is 1st player to get 200 hits for 6 consecutive seasons
1987 “Big River” closes at Eugene O’Neill Theater New York City after 1005 performances
1987 39th Emmy Awards: LA Law, Bruce Willis and Sharon Gless wins
1987 Alain Prost wins record 28th Formula one auto race
1987 Dwight Clark ends NFL streak of 105 consecutive game receptions
1987 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA SAFECO Golf Classic
1987 Walter Payton scores NFL record 107th rushing touchdown
1986 Wichita State Shockers blow a 35-3 lead; lose 36-35 to Morehead State
1985 Curtis Strong is convicted for selling cocaine to pro baseball players
1985 Walt Disney World receives its 200-millionth guest
1984 “Cosby Show” premieres on NBC-TV
1984 Cubs break 2 million in home attendance for 1st time
1984 Suicide car bomb attacks U.S. Embassy annex in Beirut, kills 23
1983 3,112 turn out to see Pirates play New York Mets at Shea Stadium
1983 Cryptographic Communications System and Method (RSA) patented
1982 Jalaluddin takes a one-day hat-trick Pakistan vs. Australia
1982 NFL players begin a 57 day strike
1981 24th Ryder Cup: U.S., 18 -9 at Walton Heath GC, England
1981 Belize declares independence
1981 Joe Danelo kicks then New York Giant record 55 yard field goal
1981 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Henredon Golf Classic
1980 Bronze plaque dedicated to memory of Thurman Munson at Yankee Stadium
1980 George Brett goes 0-for-4 dropping his avg below .400 for good
1980 Plaque dedicated in Thurman Munson’s memory at Yankee Stadium
1980 Spectacular Bid runs in Belmont alone as 3 horses drop out

Retro Events For The Decade 1970

1979 Coup in Central African Rep: David Dacko overthrows emperor Bokassa I
1979 Jose E dod Santos becomes president of Angola
1979 NASA launches HEAO
1978 “Eubie!” opens at Ambassador Theater New York City for 439 performances
1978 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1978 Yamada Mumon Roshi visits Benedictine Abbey of Maria Laach Germany
1977 “Estrada” opens at Majestic Theater New York City for 7 performances
1977 Vietnam and Djibouti ask for membership in U.N.
1977 Voyager 2 launched for fly-by of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune
1976 Metroliner official opens in Brussels
1976 Playboy releases Jimmy Carter’s interview that he lusts for women
1976 Sid Berstein offers $230 million charity concert for Beatle reunion
1975 21st Ryder Cup: U.S., 21-11 at Laurel Valley Golf Club Pennsylvania
1975 David Bowie’s ‘Fame’ single goes #1 for 2 weeks
1975 Gary Sentman draws a record 176 lb longbow to a maximum 28″ draw
1973 Billy Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in battle-of-sexes tennis match
1973 Willie Mays announces retirement at end of 1973 season
1972 Police find cannabis growing on Paul and Linda McCartney’s farm
1970 Jim Morrison found not guilty of “lewd” behavior
1970 Luna 16 lands on Moon’s Mare Fecunditatis, drills core sample

Retro Events For The Decade 1960

1969 18th Ryder Cup: Draw, 16-16 at Royal Birkdale, England
1969 Archies’ “Sugar Sugar” hits #1
1969 Pittsburgh Pirate Bob Moose no-hits New York Mets, 4-0
1968 Mickey Mantle hits final career homer # 536
1967 Benin separates from Nigeria
1967 British liner Queen Elizabeth II launched at Clydebank, Scotland
1967 Hurricane Beulah hits Texas-Mexican border, kills 38
1967 WCAE TV channel 50 in St. John, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
1967 WCIX TV channel 6 in Miami, Florida (CBS) begins broadcasting
1966 U.S. Surveyor B launched toward Moon; crashed Sept 23
1965 WXXW (now WYCC) TV channel 20 in Chicago, IL (PBS) begins broadcasting
1964 Gunter Grass’ “Die Plebejern proben den Aufstand,” premieres in Berlin
1964 Paramount Theater (New York City) presented the Beatles with Steve and Eydie
1962 Ben Bella wins 1st elections in independent Algeria
1962 Governor R. Barnett refuses to admit a black to Miss Universe (James Meredith)
1961 After 84 1/3 innings Bill Fischer gives up a base on balls
1961 James Meredith refused access as a student in Mississippi
1961 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
1961 Roger Maris hits home run # 59 and barely misses # 60 in game 154 of the season. Yankees clinch pennant #26
1960 U.N. General Assembly admit 13 African countries and Cyprus (96 nations)
1960 WFSU TV channel 11 in Tallahassee, Florida (PBS) begins broadcasting

Retro Events For The Decade 1950

1959 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Links Golf Invitation Open
1958 Baltimore Oriole knuckler Hoyt Wilhelm no-hits New York Yankees 1-0
1958 Ferhat Abbas forms Algerian government in exile (Cairo)
1958 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
1955 Willie Mays (Giants) homers off Vern Law (Pirates) in both ends of DH
1955 Willie Mays is 7th player to reach 50 home runs in a season
1954 1st FORTRAN computer program run
1954 1st National People’s Congress adopts Chinese constitution
1954 KETC TV channel 9 in Saint Louis, MO (PBS) begins broadcasting
1954 Los Stravinsky’s “In Memoriam Dylan Thomas,” premieres in Angeles
1954 Roger Bannister awarded Britain’s Silver Pears Trophy
1953 Cubs Ernie Banks hits his 1st major league home run
1952 KPTV TV channel 12 in Portland, OR (IND) begins broadcasting
1951 1st North Pole jet crossing
1951 NL President Ford Frick elected 3rd commissioner of baseball
1951 Swiss males votes against female suffrage

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