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On September 20th

September 20th has been a day to remember throughout history for many reasons. Innovations in thought that led to our understanding of the origin of species were developed on this day. More recently, women had an opportunity to triumph over men in a sporting event, the likes of which have not occurred before or since. Plus, were you one of the people who contributed to making a video game the quickest entertainment product to reach $1 billion in sales on this day?

Notable Events on September 20th in History

1187: Saladin Wages War On Jerusalem

The great warrior Saladin was a fearless Muslim ruler who laid siege to Jerusalem on this day. He was born in the place now known as Iraq and had become the Sultan of Egypt by the time he reached adulthood. The city eventually surrendered to his forces on October 2nd.

1833: Charles Darwin Arrives in Buenos Aires

In search of answers to questions not yet answered by science, Darwin had set off to travel extensively in 1833. He rode on horse-back from Bahia Blanca to Buenos Aires. Along the way, Darwin became acquainted with Juan Manuel Rosas, the most powerful man in Argentina. Throughout South America, he found evidence of larger versions of existing animals that had become recently extinct. This prompted him to strive to understand why these species were no longer around.

1973: Billie Jean King Plays Bobby Riggs in Battle of the Sexes Match

Bobby Riggs made quite the claim at the age of 55. He declared that he could beat any female tennis player. This was during the time women first started to get edgy about earning less than men in the sport. They played three sets and Billie Jean romped to victory on a triumphant day for women everywhere.

1975: Fame by David Bowie Goes to Number One

David Bowie was a hugely talented and unique artist who has influenced pop chart-toppers from Lady Gaga to Jay-Z. This was his first number-one single in the United States where he also hit the number one spot with 1983’s Let’s Dance. In the United Kingdom, where he hailed from, he secured a whopping five number one hits.

2009: Bryan Cranston Wins an Emmy for Breaking Bad

In the peak of Breaking Bad mania across the world, Cranston was winning several awards every year. He bagged the prize for best lead actor in a drama series on September 20th, 2009.

2013: Video Game Becomes the Fastest Entertainment Product to Gross $1 Billion

Rockstar Games released Grand Theft Auto V on the 17th of September 2013. Just three days later, the game had become the fastest ever item sold by the entertainment industry to reach $1 billion in sales. The game broke five other world records that year and smashed the time taken by its predecessors to hit the same target.

Famous Birthdays on the 20th of September

1934: Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren is one of the last surviving stars from the glamorous golden age of Hollywood. This was a time in the mid-twentieth century when Hollywood produced thousands of films everywhere and the glitz associated with cinema was still fresh and new. She starred in at least 45 movies and one an Oscar.

1948: George R. R. Martin

The creator of the Song of Ice and Fire series has become something of a universal hero in the last decade. He created the popular fantasy series in 1991 and unleashed it to the world in 1996. HBO picked up a series that started in 2011 and has become one of the most popular TV shows ever.