The Day in Pop Culture: Sept. 20
These are the pop culture milestones for September 20th
- •1934: The beautiful Sophia Loren was born. The iconic actress is 82.
- •1946: The first Cannes Film Festival was held. "The Lost Weekend" and "Brief Encounter " were among the films honored with the Palme d'Or.
- •1973: Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in their "Battle of the Sexes" at the Houston Astrodome. 30,000 people were in attendance and 50 million watched the match on TV.
- •1977: ABC aired the infamous 'jump the shark' episode of "Happy Days," in which Fonzie jumps over a shark & keeps his jacket dry!When a TV show does something desperate for ratings and viewers, it's referred to as 'jumping the shark."
- •1979: "Buck Rogers in The 25th Century" debuted on NBC. The series, based on Philip Francis Nowlan's space hero, ran for 2 seasons.The show's Terran starfighter was based on Ralph McQuarrie's concept art for "Battlestar Galactica's" Colonial Viper.
- •1984: "Who's The Boss?" premiered on ABC. The series, starring Tony Danza and Judith Light, ran for 8 seasons.The show spawned 2 short-lived spinoffs: "Charmed Lives" starring Fran Drescher and "Living Dolls" featuring a young Halle Berry.
- •1990: "The Flash" premiered on CBS. The first series about The Scarlet Speedster starred John Wesley Shipp as Barry Allen.Shipp has a recurring role on The CW's "The Flash" as Henry Allen, Barry Allen's father.