Daily Archives: September 20, 2013

Singer-songwriter Jim Croce killed in a plane crash 40 years ago this hour (1973)


Video: 'Jim Croce Behind The Music' (Sept. 20, 1973, at 28:00)

(Thursday, September 20, 1973, 10:45 p.m. CDT) — Singer-songwriter Jim Croce, 30, and five others were killed tonight when the chartered Beechcraft E18S they were traveling in crashed while taking off from the Natchitoches Regional Airport in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Croce had just completed a concert at Northwestern State University’s Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches and was flying to Sherman, Texas, for a concert at Austin College. Continue reading Singer-songwriter Jim Croce killed in a plane crash 40 years ago this hour (1973)

Singer-songwriter Jim Croce performs his final concert 40 years ago tonight (1973)


Video: 'Jim Croce's Final Concert' (Sept. 20, 1973, Northwestern State University's Prather Coliseum)

(Thursday, September 20, 1973, evening) — Singer-songwriter Jim Croce, 30, performed what would turn out to be his final concert tonight at Northwestern State University’s Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches, Louisiana, just hours before he would die in a plane crash.

Battle of Chickamauga ends with Confederate victory, 34,624 combined casualties 150 years ago this hour (1863)


(Sunday, September 20, 1863, 4:30 p.m. local time; in the Western Theater of the American Civil War) — The Confederate Army won the Battle of Chickamauga today after Union Maj. Gen. William Rosecrans, misinformed that he had a gap in his line, accidentally created an actual gap, directly in the path of an eight-brigade assault on a narrow front by Confederate Lt. Gen. James Longstreet. Continue reading Battle of Chickamauga ends with Confederate victory, 34,624 combined casualties 150 years ago this hour (1863)

Kennedy suggests joint US-USSR expedition to moon 50 years ago this hour (1963)


Video: 'John F. Kennedy (USA), General Assembly (20 September 1963)'

(Friday, September 20, 1963, 11:00 a.m. EDT) — U.S. President John F. Kennedy urged in a major policy speech before the United Nations today that the United States and Russia become partners in space and put a man on the moon together as a positive step toward ending the Cold War.

Kennedy told the 18th UN General Assembly session that East and West could engage in a “contest of achievement instead of intimidation.”