Orlando Sentinel

TODAY IN HISTORY

- Associated Press

On Sept. 20, 1881, Chester A. Arthur was sworn in as the 21st president of the United States.

In 1946, the first Cannes Film Festival, lasting 16 days, opened in France.

In 1973, in their so-called “battle of the sexes,” tennis star Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs.

In 1976, Playboy magazine released an interview in which presidenti­al nominee Jimmy Carter admitted he’d “looked on a lot of women with lust.”

In 1984, the family sitcom “The Cosby Show” premiered on NBC.

In 2011, repeal of the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” compromise took effect, allowing gay and lesbian service members to serve openly.

In 2017, Hurricane Maria, the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years, struck the island, wiping out as much as 75 percent of the power distributi­on lines and causing an islandwide blackout.

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