On This Day September 20
1973 – A plane crash claims the life of 30-year-old singer-songwriter Jim Croce at the peak of his career. The accident occurs right before the release of his “I Got a Name” album, which spawns three posthumous hits including the title track.
1934 – Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe-winning actress Sophia Loren, born Sofia Villani Scicolone (“Two Women,” “Marriage Italian Style,” “A Countess from Hong Kong,” “Sunflower,” “More Than a Miracle”)
1956 – Actor Gary Cole (“Fatal Vision,” “Midnight Caller,” “American Gothic,” “The Brady Bunch Movie” and sequel, “Office Space,” “One Hour Photo,” “Kim Possible,” “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” “The West Wing,” “Veep”)
Own a Piece of This Day
I Got a Name / Jim Croce
Jim Croce was at the peak of his career when he died in a plane crash on this day in 1973 at age 30. This third album of his, released posthumously, includes the hits “Workin’ at the Car Wash Blues,” “I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song” and the title track. The album reached No. 2 in the U.S., and both “I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song” and “I Got a Name” were Top 10 singles.
Young Americans / David Bowie
David Bowie achieves fame with his first U.S. No. 1 single, “Fame,” a song co-written by John Lennon. However, the track only manages to get as high as No. 17 on the U.K. singles chart.
American Masters: Billie Jean King
The series’ first profile of a sports figure commemorates the 40th anniversaries of the famous Billie Jean King/Bobby Riggs battle of the sexes tennis match and the launch of the Women’s Tennis Association. King presents her own story, with perspective from Rosie Casals, Chris Evert, Venus Williams, Gloria Steinem and others.
John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon
Author John M. Logsdon traces the evolution of JFK’s space strategy and policy up until his assassination, which cut short his reexamination of the program’s goal and schedule and his hope to collaborate, rather than compete, with the Soviets in going to the moon.
Grumpier Old Men
A blockbuster comedy hit sequel as hilarious as the original! Oscar winners Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau reprise their roles as bickering best friends. Legendary screen siren Sophia Loren is the vivacious newcomer who might just prove a formidable rival to the grumps as they try to keep her from turning their cherished local bait store into an Italian restaurant.
Unable to endure another mind-numbing day at Initech Corporation, cubicle slave Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) gets fired up and decides to get fired. Armed with a leisurely new attitude and a sexy new girlfriend (Jennifer Aniston), he soon masters the art of neglecting his work, which quickly propels him into the ranks of upper management! Co-starring Gary Cole.