September 20

Queen Elizabeth II, using a pair of gold scissors, launched the Queen Elizabeth II (QE2) in 1967. Her maiden voyage took place on May 2, 1969 from Southampton, England to New York and took 4 days, 16 hours and 35 minutes. The ship needed to by smaller and run more efficiently that the previous Queens as more people were flying across the Atlantic. The QE2 needed to be able to transit through the Panama Canal. The ship’s tonnage is 70,327 with a length of 963 feet and a beam of 105 feet. There are 12 decks on the ship and carries 1,777 passengers with a crew of 1.040. The QE2 was taken out of service by Cunard and is planned to become a floating hotel in Dubai.

The Battle of the Sexes tennis match took place in 1973 in the Houston Astrodome. This match pitted Bobby Riggs and Billy Jean King. Riggs had earlier defeated Margaret Court on May 13 by scores of 6-2, 6-1. Bobby Riggs was the Wimbledon champion in 1939 and the U.S, Open champion in 1940. Billie Jean King had won a career Grand Slam before this match. Riggs was 26 years older than King and she made him run all over the court with a defensive game. King won by scores of 6-4, 6-3, and 6-3. Women’s liberation advocates had a field day.

National League football players announced a strike in 1982 that would last until November 16, 1982. No games were played during this time. The players union and the league had differences on the amount of gross revenues that would go towards players. As a result of the strike, the regular season was reduced from 16 games to nine and a16 teams playoff was scheduled that led to the Super Bowl. The Washington Redskins defeated the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII. An new five year agreement was reached.

Birthdays Today

1917Red Auerbach, American basketball player and coach (d. 2006)
1934Sophia Loren, Italian-Swiss actress and singer
1935Jim Taylor, American football player
1948George R. R. Martin, American author, screenwriter, and producer
1951Guy Lafleur, Canadian ice hockey player

Larry Moskal began his career as a Social Studies teacher in 1971. He graduated from the University of Buffalo with degrees in history and education. Larry taught Social Studies for the Ken-Ton School system, a suburban school system north of Buffalo, New York until 2005, and then taught and was the Dean of Students at San Miguel High School in Tucson. At Ken-Ton, he pioneered several online courses for high school students. In the 1980s, he spent three years teaching in Colombia, South America and spent four years at Lewiston-Porter High School. He currently is the PowerSchool Administrator for San Miguel accomplishing his work over the Internet.