Today in History
September 30
1399Richard II is deposed.
1568Eric XIV, king of Sweden, is deposed after showing signs of madness.
1630John Billington, one of the original pilgrims who sailed to the New World on the Mayflower, becomes the first man executed in the English colonies. He is hanged for having shot another man during a quarrel
1703The French, at Hochstadt in the War of the Spanish Succession, suffer only 1,000 casualties to the 11,000 of their opponents, the Austrians of Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I.
1791Mozart's opera The Magic Flute is performed for the first time in Vienna
1846The first anesthetized tooth extraction is performed by Dr. William Morton in Charleston, Massachusetts.
1864 Confederate troops fail to retake Fort Harrison from the Union forces during the siege of Petersburg.
1911Italy declares war on Turkey over control of Tripoli.
1918 Bulgaria pulls out of World War I.
1927Babe Ruth hits his 60th homerun of the season off Tom Zachary in Yankee Stadium, New York City.
1935George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess opens at the Colonial Theatre in Boston.
1938 Under German threats of war, Britain, France, Germany and Italy sign an accord permitting Germany to take control of Sudetenland--a region of Czechoslovakia inhabited by a German-speaking minority.
1939 The French Army is called back into France from its invasion of Germany. The attack, code named Operation Saar, only penetrated five miles.
1943The Women's Army Auxiliary Corps becomes the Women's Army Corps, a regular contingent of the U.S. Army with the same status as other army service corps.
1949The Berlin Airlift is officially halted after 277,264 flights.
1950 U.N. forces cross the 38th parallel separating North and South Korea as they pursue the retreating North Korean Army.
1954The first atomic-powered submarine, the Nautilus, is commissioned in Groton, Connecticut.
1954NATO nations agree to arm and admit West Germany.
1955Actor and teen idol James Dean is killed in a car crash while driving his Porsche on his way to enter it into a race in Salinas, California.
1960Fifteen African nations are admitted to the United Nations.
1962U.S. Marshals escort James H. Meredith into the University of Mississippi; two die in the mob violence that follows.
1965 President Lyndon Johnson signs legislation that establishes the National Foundation for the Arts and the Humanities.




Born on September 30
1861William Wrigley, Jr., founder of the Wrigley chewing gum empire and owner of the Chicago Cubs baseball team.
1863Reinhard von Scheer, German admiral who commanded the German fleet at the Battle of Jutland.
1908David Oistrakh, violinist.
1924Truman Capote, author and playwright whose works include Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood.
1927W.S. Mervin, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet.
1928Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, writer, best known for his first book Night about his own experiences in concentration camps.
1935Johnny Mathis, singer.

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