Highlights of this day in history: Magellan begins globe-trotting voyage; Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal dies; Actress Sophia Loren born; Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in 'Battle of the Sexes'; Singer Jim Croce dies in plane crash. (Sept. 20)
ED DONAHUE: September 20, 1519, Ferdinand Magellan sets out from Spain on a voyage to find a Western passage to the spice islands in Indonesia. The Portuguese explorer is killed in the Philippines, but one of his ships eventually becomes the first to circle the world.
1958, in New York City a brush with death for the Reverend Martin Luther King Junior. The civil rights leader is seriously wounded when an apparently deranged woman stabs him during an appearance at a department store. King recovers from the attack. 2005, Simon Wiesenthal the Holocaust survivor who pursued fugitive Nazis for decades after World War II, dies in Vienna, Austria. He was 96 years old.
SOPHIA LOREN: You have been through this 100 times. I need to know, where do you find your courage?
ED DONAHUE: Sophia Loren the Italian movie actress who became a global sex symbol, is born in Rome. And 1973, what's billed as the battle of the sexes takes place at the Houston Astrodome.
That's where tennis star Billie jean King defeats Bobby Riggs in straight sets. Also that same year.
JIM CROCE: (SINGING) Operator, could you help me place this call?
ED DONAHUE: Singer and songwriter Jim Croce dies in a plane crash near Natchitoches, Louisiana. He was 30 years old. Today in history, September 20, Ed Donahue, the Associated Press.