On This Day

What Happened on September 20, 1973

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in battle-of-sexes tennis match

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Willie Mays announces retirement at end of 1973 season

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Famous Birthdays

  • Ronald McKinnon, American NFL linebacker, born in Elba, Alabama

Famous Deaths

  • Ben Webster, American tenor saxophonist, dies at 64
  • Glenn Strange, American actor (Sam the Bartender-Gunsmoke), dies at 74
  • Jim Croce, American rock vocalist (Time in a Bottle), dies in a plane crash at 30
  • Maurice T. "Maury" Muehleisen, American musician and songwriter (Jim Croce), dies in a plane crash at 24
1973 Highlights

About September 20, 1973

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 47 years, 1 month and 4 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Virgo