Today in History: September 20, King beats Riggs - Bihari Gyan

Today in History: September 20, King beats Rigg

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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2022. There are 102 days left in the year.

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Today in History

On Sept. 20, 1973, in their so-called “battle of the sexes,” tennis star Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3, at the Houston Astrodome.

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Today’s Highlight in History:

In 1519, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his crew set out from Spain on five ships to find a western passage to the Spice Islands.

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 (Magellan was killed enroute, but one of his ships eventually circled the world.)

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In 1881, Chester A. Arthur was sworn in as the 21st president of the United States, succeeding the assassinated James A. Garfield.

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In 1946, the first Cannes Film Festival, lasting 16 days, opened in France.

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In 1962, James Meredith, a Black student, was blocked from enrolling at the University of Mississippi by Democratic Gov. Ross R. Barnett. (Meredith was later admitted.)

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