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Notable Historical Events for September 20th

1987Walter Payton scores NFL record 107th rushing touchdown

1939Joe Louis KOs Bob Pastor in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

1961Roger Maris hits home run # 59 & barely misses # 60 in game 154 of the season. Yanks clinch pennant #26

1870Italian army under Victor Emmanuel II seizes Rome from the French

1932Gandhi begins hunger strike against treatment of untouchables

2011"New Girl", starring Zooey Deschanel, debuts on Fox

1973Willie Mays announces retirement at end of 1973 season

1953Cubs Ernie Banks hits his 1st major league HR

1519Ferdinand Magellan starts 1st successful circumnavigation of the world

1973Billy Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in battle-of-sexes tennis match

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Notable Birthdays on September 20th

1951Guy Lafleur, Thurso Quebec, NHL right wing (Montreal, NY Rangers)

1884Maxwell Perkins, American editor and publisher (d. 1947)

1878Upton Beall Sinclair, Baltimore, Maryland, US writer (Jungle), (d. 1968)

1833Ernesto Teodoro Moneta, Milan, Italy, journalist/soldier/pacifist (Nobel Peace Prize 1907), (d. 1918)

1934Sophia Loren, Rome, actress (Desire Under the Elms, Black Orchid)

1917[Arnold] Red Auerbach, Brooklyn New York, NBA coach/GM (Boston Celtic)

September 20th Birthdays
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Notable Divorces on September 20th

1983Actor James Woods (36) divorces costume designer Kathryn Morrison after 3 years of marriage

1951Actor Jackie Coogan (36) divorces Ann McCormack after 5 years of marriage

September 20th Divorces
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Notable Deaths on September 20th

1945Eduard Wirths, Nazi physician at Auschwitz, commits suicide at 36

1863Jakob Grimm, writer, dies at 78

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