September 30 in History Events, Birthdays, & News

To know what happened today in history, famous events occurred, famous birthdays, death days, legend quotes, and historical news on September 30.

September 30

Events on September 30

1630 John Billington is executed in New Plymouth for murder – the first capital crime in America.

1791 Mozart’s opera Die Zauberflöte receives its premiere in Vienna.

1792 French troops take Speyer in the Rhineland.

1882 Water power was first used to produce electricity at a plant on the Fox River near Appleton, Wisconsin, USA.

1931 Pay cuts in the British Navy prompt mutinous protest by 12,000.

1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt announces $700 million New Deal aid to the American poor.

1949 Mao Tse-tung formally becomes chairman of the Peoples’ Republic of China.

1970 Britain swaps hijack hostages for Palestinian terrorist Leila Khaled.

1989 Death of Virgil Thomson, American composer, music critic and conductor.

1993 A 6.4-magnitude earthquake strikes Latur, India, killing more than 9,000 people.

Famous Birthdays on September 30

Lewis Milestone 1895, Russianborn American film director who won an Oscar for All Quiet on the Western Front.

David Oistrakh 1908, Russian violinist most renowned for his interpretations of the Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev concertos.

Truman Capote 1924, American novelist and short story writer whose books include Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the “non-fiction novel” In Cold Blood.

Johnny Mathis 1935, American ballad singer who had a hit with “Wonderful! Wonderful!” in 1957 and continued to record best-sellers over the next 20 years.

Marc Bolan 1947, British lead singer of T-Rex, one of the pioneering bands of glam rock in the 1970s.

Quotes from Legendary

Freedom of the press is for those who own one.

- H.L. Mencken, iconoclastic American journalist - Canadian press baron Lord Thomson bought The Times of London today, 1966.

Historical News on September 30

Dean Just Too Fast To Live

1955 Screen rebel James Dean has been killed in a car crash.

The 24-year-old star died like he lived – too fast.

He crashed his high- powered Porsche sports car while on his way to compete in a motor race.

Dean starred in only three movies: the first, East of Eden, was based on John Steinbeck’s novel.

His second role was as the misunderstood teenager in Rebel Without a Cause‘, released this year.

It instantly made him the object of mass teenage adulation and his death has caused widespread heartbreak.

Dean’s third film, Giant, in which he played opposite Rock Hudson, will be released next year, a rags-to-riches tale of an oil millionaire.

Avian Flu Explodes

2005 The global spread of highly pathogenic H5N1 influenza in birds is considered a significant and imminent pandemic threat.

Today the UN has issued a warning to the world that an outbreak of avian influenza, or “bird flu” as it is more commonly known, could kill between 5 and 150 million people.

David Nabarro, the newly appointed Senior United Nations System Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza, made this announcement after it was confirmed that the virus had spread to migratory birds making Africa and the Middle East highly susceptible to infection.

Scientists fear the virus could evolve into a form which could be passed from human to human after deaths among those working closely with infected birds in Asia.

Despite efforts to contain H5N1, last month it reached Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia.

Fears among UN officials and various experts have led several countries, including Britain, to stockpile antiviral supplies however it is difficult to predict the scale and severity of an outbreak.

1949 Victorious communist Chinese leader Mao Tse-tung was elected Chairman of the new People’s Republic of China in Peking today, Chou En-lai was elected foreign minister.

After three years of civil war, Mao’s guerrillas have roundly defeated Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek’s US-backed Nationalist army and the communists are now in control of the huge country.

Chiang is a spent force, the remnants of his regime bottled up in the south.

Ripper Strikes With Clinical Precision

1888 Jack the Ripper murdered two more prostitutes in the streets of London’s East End early this morning.

His first victim was Liz Stride, in her late 30s.

Her body was found at 1 am.

The mad killer had left her with a cut throat.

An hour later he struck again a mile away, killing Cathy Eddows, also in her 30s.

The Ripper slit her throat expertly and then performed his dreadful ritual on the corpse, disemboweling her with all the skill of a surgeon.

This morning’s victims were his third and fourth.

London is aghast at the latest killings, and the city’s prostitutes are terrified.

There seems no doubt that unless he is caught the maniac will strike again.

The police have made little headway in the case: they are not even certain that the man who wrote the taunting letter signed “Jack the Ripper” is indeed the killer.

The murderer’s surgical skills suggest an upper class background, and dark rumours are circulating of conspiracy in high places.

Babe Ruth Home And Dry

1927 Babe Ruth slugged his way to immortality today when he hit his 60th home run of the season, an all-time record.

The New York Yankees star smashed the record on a Tom Zachary pitch playing the Washington Senators.

The “Sultan of Swat” broke his own previous record of 59 home runs set in 1921 – which in turn broke the record 54 he hit the previous year, his first with the Yankees.

Before he joined the Yankees, George Herman Ruth broke records as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox.

Ruth has breathed fresh life into the game.

When he first took the bat for the Yankees, baseball was at a low ebb, deep in the “Black Sox” bribery scandal.

It was a pitcher’s game without much running: Ruth must take most of the credit for the exciting slugger’s game it has become today.

Chamberlain "Peace With Honour”

Chamberlain peace with honour on September 30
Chamberlain peace with honour

1938 British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain returned from the crisis conference in Munich tonight and told cheering crowds at the airport “I believe it is peace for our time”.

Chamberlain and French premier Edouard Daladier flew to Munich to meet Germany’s Adolf Hitler and Italian premier Benito Mussolini to find a solution to the Czechoslovakian crisis.

Hitler had demanded immediate German occupation of German speaking Sudetenland in western Czechoslovakia following a series of staged riots.

France is treaty-bound to defend Czechoslovakia, but Daladier, under pressure from Chamberlain, agreed to the German occupation, and Chamberlain agreed to withdraw British support for the Czechs in return for Hitler’s promise that this would be his last bid for more territory, Tonight Chamberlain called the agreement “peace with honour”.

The Czechs are calling it treachery.


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