On This Day September 20

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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.

Office Space

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.