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40 LOVE History: The Battle Of The Sexes

Thursday, September 20, 1973 - Delta Dawn by Helen Reddy topped the Billboard Hot 100, American Graffiti was No.1 at the US box office, and Billie Jean King was changing the world.

Published September 20, 2013 12:01

40 LOVE History: The Battle Of The Sexes
Billie Jean King

HOUSTON, TX, USA - Thursday, September 20, 1973 - Delta Dawn topped the Billboard Hot 100, American Graffiti was No.1 at the US box office, and Billie Jean King was changing the world.

The story of the Battle Of The Sexes is well-known. Bobby Riggs, a former top men's player, claimed the women's game was so inferior that he could still beat one of the current women's top players, but King beat Riggs in a best-of-five match-up, 64 63 63, and by doing so created the kind of worldwide buzz that has never been forgotten - 30,472 fans watched the match live at the Houston Astrodome, and an estimated audience of 90 million people worldwide (50 million in the US) watched on television.

THIRTEEN's American Masters recently profiled King in American Masters Billie Jean King, which aired two Tuesdays ago on PBS - check out excerpts from the show below and the official trailer here.

Also, a movie was recently made about the groundbreaking event, simply called The Battle Of The Sexes - check that out too, by purchasing the DVD on Amazon or by getting the movie on iTunes. This film is being screened at the White House on this day, and King herself is doing a Q&A there too.

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