Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
September 30th

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1061*Pope Alexander II is elected to the Papacy.Ref: 69
1399*Henry Bolingbroke was proclaimed King Henry IV of England, the day after King Richard II abdicated the throne in his favor.Ref: 10
1568*Eric XIV, king of Sweden, is deposed after showing signs of madness.Ref: 2
1641*An ordinance by the authorities of the New Netherlands declare that an annual fair be held at Fort Amsterdam (now, NY City). The ruling actually stated that there would be two fairs, a Cattle Fair on October 15 and a Hog Fair on November 1; and that all who had any thing to buy or sell could attend.Ref: 4
1659*Peter Stuyvesant of New Netherlands forbids tennis playing during religious services.Ref: 5
1812*Russia establishes a fort near Bodega Bay, California.Ref: 10
1846*Dentist William Morton used ether as an anesthetic for the first time on a patient in his Boston office.Ref: 70
1857*US occupies Sand, Baker, Howland & Jarvis Is. south of Hawaii.Ref: 5
1867*Midway Islands formally declared a US possession.Ref: 5
1878*First Portuguese immigrants arrive in Hawaii.Ref: 5
1885*Bechuanaland becomes a British protectorate.Ref: 5
1895*France proclaims a protectorate over Madagascar.Ref: 5
1898*City of NY established.Ref: 5
1901*Compulsory car registration for all vehicles driving over 18 mph took effect throughout France. 
1907*Plaza Hotel opens in New York with gala dinner.Ref: 10
1916*Giants lose to Braves 8-3, ends 26 consecutive win streak.Ref: 5
1935*FDR dedicates Boulder Dam. (Ref 
1936 Intl Commission of the Straits (Dardanelles & Bosphorus) ends.Ref: 5
1937*Duesenberg closes its doors forever. 
1938*The Munich Agreement is signed, by Great Britain, France, Italy, and Germany, allowing Germany to annex the Sudentenland portion of Czechoslovakia.Ref: 36
1943*Pius XII issued the encyclical "Divino Afflante Spiritu," which encouraged Catholic scholars to devote more attention to biblical exegesis in their teachings and writings. One of the long-term effects of this encyclical was the publication in 1970 of the New American Bible.Ref: 5
1945*The US ends its year-round observation of daylight saving as part of the war effort Ref. 
1946*An international military tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany, found 22 top Nazi leaders guilty of war crimes.Ref: 70
1949*The Berlin Airlift is officially halted after 277,264 flights. (XDG, p 4A, 9/30/2000)Ref: 83
1950*First congress of Internat'l Astronautical Federation opens in Paris.Ref: 5
1954*The first atomic-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, is commissioned in Groton, Connecticut.Ref: 2
1954 NATO nations agree to arm and admit West Germany.Ref: 2
1960*Fifteen African nations are admitted to the United Nations.Ref: 2
1960*Flintstones premiers (1st prime time animation show).Ref: 5
1960*On Howdy Doody's last show Clarabelle finally talks "Goodbye Kids".Ref: 5
1960*(Chairman, Joint Chiefs) General Nathan F Twining, USAF, completes his tenure as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1961*The Peace Corps is established.Ref: 3
1962*U.S. Marshals escort James H. Meredith into the University of Mississippi; three people died and over fifty were injured in the mob violence that follows.Ref: 70
1962*(Chairman, Joint Chiefs) General Lyman L Lemnitzer, USA, completes his tenure as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1965*New York City fluoridates its water to the protest of manyRef: 62
1966*Nazi war criminals Albert Speer, the German minister of armaments, and Baldur von Schirach, the founder of the Hitler Youth, were freed at midnight from Spandau prison after serving twenty-year prison sentences.Ref: 4
1966*Botswana (Bechuanaland) gains independence from Britain (Nat'l Day).Ref: 5
1971*A nine-member citizens committee was organized to investigate the Attica, NY prison riot earlier in the month. 10 hostages and 32 prisoners were killed in the rioting -- the worst in U.S. history.Ref: 4
1975*The J. Edgar Hoover F.B.I. Building was formally dedicated. FBI Headquarters units had begun moving into the new building the previous November.Ref: 14
1980 Israel issued new currency. The shekel replaced the pound.Ref: 4
1980*1,754 turn out to see the Phillies play the NY Mets at Shea Stadium.Ref: 5
1980*Iran rejects a truce call from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.Ref: 5
1981*Seoul, South Korea is selected to host 1988 Summer Olympics.Ref: 5
1984*Bowie Kuhn ends career as Baseball Commissioner.Ref: 5
1985*(Chairman, Joint Chiefs) General John W Vessey, USA, completes his tenure as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1986*The U.S. released accused Soviet spy Gennadiy Zakharov, one day after the Soviets released Nicholas Daniloff.Ref: 70
1988*Mikhail S. Gorbachev retired President Andrei A. Gromyko from the Politburo and fired other old-guard leaders in a Kremlin shake-up.Ref: 5
1988*IBM announces shipment of 3 millionth PS/2 personal computer.Ref: 5
1989*(Chairman, Joint Chiefs) Admiral William J Crowe Jr, USN, completes his tenure as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1989*NASA closes down tracking stations in Hawaii & Ascension.Ref: 5
1991*President Bush and congressional leaders forged a $500 billion five-year compromise package of tax increases and spending cuts.Ref: 6
1991*The military in Haiti overthrew Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the country's first freely elected president. (He was later returned to power.)Ref: 70
1993*(Chairman, Joint Chiefs) General Colin L Powell, USA, completes his tenure as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 5
1996 US envoy Richard Holbrooke, trying to negotiate a Bosnian cease-fire, ended inconclusive talks with the Sarajevo government and headed for Belgrade to try his luck with the Serbs.Ref: 6
1997*France's Roman Catholic Church apologized for its silence during the systematic persecution and deportation of Jews by the pro-Nazi Vichy regime.Ref: 70
1998*A U.S. General Accounting Office audit of Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr and his predecessor, Robert Fiske, showed they had spent more than $40 million investigating President Bill Clinton -- from Whitewater to Monica Lewinsky.Ref: 4
2000*A major leak at a uranium-processing plant in northeastern Japan exposed dozens of people to radiation.Ref: 6
2000*Defense Secretary William Cohen ordered a top-level investigation of accounts of mass killings of Korean civilians by US soldiers at No Gun Ri in 1950.Ref: 6
2002*( Chandra Levy) USA Today reports on page 3A that Washington DC police are investigating a federal prison inmate, Ingmar Guandique, in the Chandra Levy case. He had been previously ruled out as a suspect.Ref: 13
2002*USA Today reports on page 4A that Turkish police have arrested two men for possession of five ounces of weapons-grade uranium found hidden in a taxi. The seizure occurred 155 miles from the Iraqi border, lending credence to a British charge that Iraq was attempting to smuggle uranium in from South Africa.Ref: 13
2002*USA Today reports on page 7A that Pat Mink (D-HA) will be on the November 5th ballot seeking her 13th term in Congress even though she is dead. Due to a fluke in the law, officials cannot remove her from the ballot. If she wins, her seat will remain vacant only until January 3rd, 2003, the end of her current term.Ref: 13
2002*New Jersey Sen. Robert Torricelli abruptly ended his scandal-tainted re-election campaign just five weeks before the election, leaving Democrats scrambling for a candidate.Ref: 70
2003*(Mutual Funds) Alliance Capital suspends employees tied to the illegal mutual fund trading probe, citing "conflicts of interest" in fund trading. (WSJ, p C1, 10/29/2003)Ref: 33
1846*In his Boston office, Dr. Charles T. Jackson painlessly removes a tooth from city merchant Eben H. Frost. Ref 
1880*Henry Draper takes that first photograph of the Orion Nebula.Ref: 5
1882*The first US hydroelectric power plant was opened in Appleton Wisconson. A single dynamo of 180 lights each of ten candle power was erectedRef: 62
1902*Rayon patented.Ref: 10
1929*First manned rocket plane flight (by auto maker Fritz von Opel).Ref: 5
1967*USSR's Kosmos 186 & 188 complete the first automatic docking.Ref: 5
1968*First Boeing 747 rolls out.Ref: 5
1985*Microsoft Excel v1.0 is released. Ref 
1993*MS-DOS v6.2 was released by Microsoft. Why? As far as we can tell, it was because I.B.M. had just released their DOS v6.1.Ref: 4
1697*Treaty of Ryswick.France, Britain, Spain & Holland recognize William III as King of England.Ref: 10
1703*The 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.Ref: 2
1745*Royalist John Campbell, loses his army to Jacobite victory at the "Battle of Prestonpans". George Montagu Dunk, second earl of Halifax, is appointed president of the lords commissioners for trade and plantations (board of trade). Massachusetts governor William Shirley directs campaign that captures Louisbourg, but the fort is returned to the French by the peace treaty.Ref: 92
1777*Congress, flees to York PA, as British forces advance.Ref: 5
1781*On the first day of the siege at Yorktown, the British surrender their outermost earthworks.Ref: 62
1864*Confederate troops fail to retake Fort Harrison from the Union forces during the siege of Petersburg.Ref: 2
1911 Italy declares war on Turkey over control of Tripoli.Ref: 2
1918*Bulgaria pulls out of World War I.Ref: 2
1939*The French Army is called back into France from it's invasion of Germany. The attack, code named Operation Saar, only penetrated five miles.Ref: 2
1939*Germany & Russia agree to partition Poland.Ref: 5
1943*The 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.Ref: 2
1944*Calais reoccupied by Allies.Ref: 5
1950*U.N. forces cross the 38th parallel separating North and South Korea as they pursue the retreating North Korean Army. In 1950, as U.S. Marines tried to fight their way out of a Chinese trap, Korea suffered its worst winter of the century.Ref: 2
1877 First US amateur swim meet (NY Athletic Club).Ref: 5
1887 Volunteer (US) beats Thistle (Scotland) in 8th America's Cup.Ref: 5
1904*White Sox pitcher Doc White pitches his fifth shutout in eighteen days. The southpaw pitches six of his season total of seven shutouts in September.Ref: 1
1907*Cardinal first baseman Ed Konetchy steals home twice in the same game; St. Louis swipes home plate three times during the contest.Ref: 1
1922*Yanks clinch pennant #2.Ref: 5
1923*It's Zack Wheat Day at Ebbets Field and the retiring Dodger outfielder collects two hits and is given an automobile. Cy Williams of the Phillies spoils the special day as he ties the score in the seventh inning with his 39th homer and his 40th in the 12th frame gives Philadelphia the victory, 6–4.Ref: 1
1927*NY Yankee slugger Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run of the season, off of the Senator's Tom Zachary, to break his own major-league record; it stood for 34 years until Roger Maris of the Yankees hit 61 homers in 1961.Ref: 70
1928 Leon Vanderstuyft of Belgium cycles record 76 mi 604 yds in 1 hr.Ref: 5
1934*In Babe Ruth's final game as a Yankee, he goes 0 for 3.Ref: 5
1939*The first college football game to be televised is shown on experimental station W2XBS in New York as Fordham University defeated Waynesburg College, 34-to-7.Ref: 4
1945*Hank Greenberg hits a pennant winning grand slam on final day of the season. The Tiger left fielder's ninth-inning bases-full homer beats the Browns,6-3, clinching the AL flag for Detroit over the second-place Senators.Ref: 1
1947*The World Series came to television for the first time. The New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 5-3.Ref: 4
1956*At the age of 16, Jim Derrington becomes the youngest pitcher to start a major league game this century. The teenager loses to the A's 7-6, but singles becoming the youngest player to get a hit in the American League.Ref: 1
1956*Phillies Robin Roberts gives up a major league record 46th HR.Ref: 5
1962*The NY Mets end their inaugural season with record 120th loss as Joe Pigatonio hits into an eighth inning triple play in his last career at-bat.Ref: 1
1964*Bill Roman of the Detroit Tigers hits a home run in his first major league at bat.Ref: 12
1969*With a 3-2 win over the Reds, Braves clinch the first ever NL West division.Ref: 1
1971*The final game for Washington Senators is forfeited to the Yankees when fans stream onto the field with two out in the ninth inning with Senators, leading, 7-5.Ref: 86
1972*Ted Williams retires as Texas Rangers manager. Whitey Herzog, Director of Player Development for the New York Mets, is named as Williams' successor.Ref: 86
1972*At Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh Pirate Roberto Clemente doubles off Met Jon Matlack to become the eleventh major leaguer to have 3000 hits. The hit, sadly, will be the Pirate right fielder's last as he will die in a plane crash on New Year's Eve.Ref: 1
1973*Ralph Houk resigns as New York Yankee manager.Ref: 86
1973*Pirate Dave Augustine appears to hit a game-ending HR in the 13th inning but the ball hits the top of the fence and Met outfielder Cleon Jones catches it and throws out a runner at home. The Mets win the game, National League East title and Augustine will never homer in the majors.Ref: 1
1973*Yanks close 50th year at Yankee Stadium losing 8-5.Ref: 5
1978*Major Indoor Soccer League grants first 6 franchises to Cincinnati, Cleveland, Houston, NY, Philadelphia & Pittsburgh Phillies win 3rd consecutive NL East Division title.Ref: 5
1981*Less than 16,000 watch the Kansas City Royals take a 5-2 decision over the Minnesota Twins in the final game at Metropolitan Stadium.Ref: 86
1984*On the final day of the season, Angel Mike Witt uses only 97 pitches to retire 27 consecutive hitters as he throws a perfect game against the Texas Rangers and beats Charlie Hough, 1-0 on an unearned run.Ref: 1
1984*Yankee Don Mattingly wins the American League batting title with .343 average.Ref: 1
1987*The Toronto Blue Jays final home attendance reached 2,778,429, the most ever for an AL East team and the club led the AL in attendance for first time ever.Ref: 86
1988*Louise Ritter, US, jumps 6'8" to win the Olympic gold medal. 
1988*Dave Stieb became the sixth modern ML pitcher to toss consecutive one hitters.Ref: 86
1988*LA Dodger Orel Herschiser breaks former Dodger Don Drysdale mark by pitching 59 consecutive scoreless innings.Ref: 5
1989*The Toronto Blue Jays defeat the Baltimore Orioles, 4-3, to capture their second division title in five seasons.Ref: 86
1989*Nolan Ryan's perfect game is broken with 1 out in the 8th, but he strikes-out his 300th of the year.Ref: 5
1990*The final game is played at old Comiskey Park with the White Sox edging the Mariners, 2-1; the final regular-season won-loss record at old ballpark is 3,024-2,926 (.508).Ref: 1
1991*The last game is played at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. The Orioles' 1992 seasonw would be played at Camden Yards.Ref: 86
1992*Royals third baseman George Brett singles off of Tim Fortugno in the seventh for to become the 18th player to have 3000 hits; it is fourth hit in the KC 4-0 victory over the Angels.Ref: 1
1994*The Colorado Rockies, the City of Denver and Feed the Children announce an innovative literacy program called "Hitting Home." The program, which will run through the end of the 1995-96 school year, will distribute two books to 2,300 students.Ref: 86
1995*Albert Belle becomes the first player in major league history to hit fifty home runs and fifty doubles in the same season.Ref: 1
1999*The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 9-4 in the last ever game at 3Com Park (formerly Candlestick Park). The Giants move to $319 million Pacific Bell Park in downtown San Francisco next season, leaving Candlestick to the NFL's 49ers. (XDG, p 4A, 9/30/2000)Ref: 83
1999*Mets shortstop Rey Ordonez plays in his 96th consecutive game without committing an error breaking Cal Ripken's major league record for errorless games in that position. The flashy infielder will finish the season extending the record to 100 games.Ref: 1
1999*The largest regular-season crowd in Candlestick Park history, 61,389 fans, watch the Dodgers beat the home team, 9-4 in the last baseball game to ever be played at the 'point'. Giant greats help mark the occasion with Juan Marichal tossing out the ceremonial first pitch before the game and Willie Mays throwing out the ballpark's final pitch after the game.Ref: 1
1999*For the twenty-third time this season, Diamondback fireballer Randy Johnson K's at least 10 batters to tie Nolan Ryan's 1973 major league record for the most double-digit strikeout games in a season. The tall left-hander whiffs 11 Padres in seven innings in a 5-3 victory to bring his season ending total to 364 which ranks fourth all-time.Ref: 1
2000*In the highest scoring game in A's franchise history, Oakland defeats the Rangers 23-2 to remain a half-game ahead of the Mariners for the western division lead as Seattle scores the most runs ever against the Angels, 21-9 assuring the team at least a tie for the AL wild card.Ref: 1
2001*With a 9-1 win over the Minnesota Twins, the Cleveland Indians clinched their sixth division title in seven years.Ref: 86
1452*First section of Guttenberg Bible, first book printed from movable type, published in Germany.Ref: 5
1627*Fiction: Robinson Crusoe, according to Daniel Defoe, is born.Ref: 5
1659*Fiction: Robinson Crusoe is shipwrecked (according to Defoe).Ref: 5
1791*Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute" at Theater-auf-der-Wieden premiers in Vienna, Austria.Ref: 70
1887*Fiction: Start of the Sherlock Holmes Adventure "The Five Orange Pips" (BG).Ref: 5
1933*The theme song was Hail, Hail, the Gang’s All Here and it opened the National Barn Dance. The half-hour country music and comedy show, originally heard on WLS, Chicago since 1924, moved to the NBC Blue network this night. National Barn Dance was broadcast from the Eighth Street Theater in Chicago, where the stage was transformed into a hayloft every Saturday night. The host was Joe Kelly. Uncle Ezra was played by Pat Barrett who was known to say, “Give me a toot on the tooter, Tommy,” as he started dancing. A few of the other Barn Dance characters were Arkie, the Arkansas Woodchopper; Pokey Martin; the Hoosier Hotshots; the Prairie Ramblers; cowgirl, Patsy Montana; Pat Buttram; Lulu Belle and the Cumberland Road Runners. Gene Autry and Red Foley were heard early in their careers on National Barn Dance. Although there were plenty of sponsors (Alka Seltzer, One-A-Day vitamins, Phillips Milk of Magnesia), the National Barn Dance was one of the few radio shows to charge admission!Ref: 4
1935 Porgy and Bess was presented for the first time, at the Colonial Theatre in Boston.Ref: 4
1935 The Adventures of Dick Tracy comes to radio for the first time -- on the Mutual Radio Network.Ref: 4
1939 Captain Midnight was heard on radio for the first time -- on Mutual. The Captain flew his single-engine plane all over the place fighting crime. Talk about a popular show: Ovaltine dropped its sponsorship of Little Orphan Annie to climb on board with Captain Midnight. The show was also sponsored by Skelly Oil.Ref: 4
1941*The Larry Clinton Orchestra recorded their version of That Solid Old Man, on Bluebird Records.Ref: 4
1951*"The Red Skelton Show" debuts on NBC-TV.Ref: 4
1951*Billy Graham's "Hour of Decision" first aired over ABC television. Broadcast on Sunday nights 10:00-10:30, the program aired through February 1954, before entering syndication.Ref: 5
1952*The complete Old and New Testament of the Revised Standard Version (RSV) of the Bible was first published by Thomas Nelson and Sons. (The RSV New Testament had first appeared in 1946.)Ref: 5
1952*The motion picture "This is Cinerama" which introduced the triple-camera, triple-projector Cimerama widescreen process, premiers at the Broadway Theater, in New York. (XDG, p 4A, 9/30/2002)Ref: 83
1954*Julie Andrews, who would later become a household name in movies, TV and on records, opened on Broadway for the first time. The future star of The Sound of Music appeared in The Boy Friend this night.Ref: 4
1954*Sandy Wilson's musical "The Boy Friend" starts 485 performance run on Broadway.Ref: 10
1965*President Lyndon Johnson signs legislation that establishes the National Foundation for the Arts and the Humanities.Ref: 2
1967*BBC starts their own popular music radio station.Ref: 5
1967 Palace of Fine Arts reopens (1st time during 1915 exposition).Ref: 5
1968*Supremes release "Love Child".Ref: 5
1977*Ringo releases "Ringo the 4th" album.Ref: 5
1982*The gang down at the Boston Beacon Street neighborhood bar called Cheers brought their antics into our homes beginning this night. Cheers was the place “Where Everyone Knows Your Name” as the theme song, written by Judy Hart Angelo and Gary Portnoy, told us. And we got to know everyone’s name like they were family. The original cast included owner/bartender Sam Malone, played by Ted Danson, his helper Ernie ‘Coach Pantusso’ (Nicholas Colasanto), waitresses Diane Chambers (Shelley Long) and Carla Tortelli LeBec (Rhea Perlman), and the regulars -- Norm Peterson (George Wendt) and Cliff Clavin (John Ratzenberger). Cheers, created by Glen and Les Charles and James Burrows, became an American institution and was still the number one TV show when it ended its eleven-year run on August 19, 1993.Ref: 4
1984*Doonesbury, Garry Trudeau’s comic strip, returned after a 20-month hiatus. Trudeau, married to former Today co-host Jane Pauley, revived the sometimes controversial strip by showing how Mike and the gang from Walden Pond “jumped from draft beer and mixers to cocaine and herpes.”Ref: 4
1988*Actress Robin Givens says in a nationally televised Barbara Walters interview that boxer Mike Tyson is a manic-depressive and that she is afraid of him. Tyson sits meekly next to her.Ref: 98
1999*German novelist Guenter Grass won the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences credited Grass’ first novel, The Tin Drum, with restoring honor to German literature “after decades of linguistic and moral destruction.”Ref: 4
1715*Etienne Bonnot Condillac, French philosopher, psychologist, logician and economist, is born.Ref: 70
1801*Zacharias Frankel, Bohemian rabbi and theologian; founded Conservative Judaism, is born.Ref: 70
1802*Antoine-Jerome Balard, Frrench chemist; discovered the element bromine, is born.Ref: 70
1852*Sir Charles Stanford, Irish-born English composer, conductor and teacher, is born.Ref: 70
1861*William Wrigley, Jr., founder of the Wrigley chewing gum empire and owner of the Chicago Cubs baseball team, is born.Ref: 68
1863*Reinhard von Scheer, German admiral who commanded the German fleet at the Battle of Jutland, is born.Ref: 2
1870*Jean Perrin France, physicist, studied Brownian motion (Nobel 1926), is born.Ref: 5
1870*Thomas Lamont, American banker and financier, is born.Ref: 70
1882*Hans Geiger, German physicist; introduced the Geiger Counter, is born.Ref: 70
1883*Nora Stanton Barney, American civil engineer, architect and suffragist, is born.Ref: 70
1905*Johnny (John Thomas) Allen baseball: pitcher: NY Yankees [World Series: 1932], Cleveland Indians [all-star: 1938], Brooklyn Dodgers [World Series: 1941], SL Browns, NY Giants; is born.Ref: 4
1905*Sir Nevill Mott, English physicist, is born.Ref: 70
1908*David Oistrakh Odessa Russia, violinist/prof (Moscow Conservatory), is born.Ref: 5
1912*Kenny Baker radio singer/actor (Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back), is born.Ref: 5
1915*Lester Garfield Maddox (Gov-D-Ga)/restaurant owner, is born.Ref: 5
1917*Chung Hee Park general/pres of S Korea (1961-79), later assassinated, is born.Ref: 68
1917*Yuri "Petrovich" Lyubimov USSR, director (Taganka), is born.Ref: 5
1919*Patricia Neway Bkln NY, soprano (Consul, Maria Golovia), is born.Ref: 5
1921*Deborah Kerr (Trimmer) Helensburg Scotland, actress (King & I, Night of Iguana), is born.Ref: 5
1922*Oscar Pettiford, musician, is born.Ref: 4
1924*Truman (Streckfus) Capote (Persons) writer: In Cold Blood, is born.Ref: 4
1926*Robin Roberts Phillies pitcher, Hall of Famer (Won 28 in 1952), is born.Ref: 5
1927*W.S. Mervin, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, is born.Ref: 2
1928*Elie Wiesel author (Souls on Fire), Holocaust surviver, Nazi hunter (Nobel 1986), is born.Ref: 5
1931*Angie Dickinson (Brown) , Kulm ND, best looking legs on a cop (Police Woman), is born.Ref: 5
1932*Brooklyn Dodger Johnny (John Joseph) Podres is born.Ref: 4
1932*Ben Cooper Hartford Ct, actor (Johnny Guitar, Rose Tattoo), is born.Ref: 5
1934*Freddie King Gilmer TX, blues singer (Hideaway), is born.Ref: 5
1935*Jill Corey (Norma Jean Esperanza), Avonmore Pa, singer (Your Hit Parade), is born.Ref: 5
1935*Johnny Mathis singer (Chances are, 12th of Never), is born.Ref: 5
1936*Jim Sasser (Sen-D-Tn), is born.Ref: 5
1938*Salvatore Michael Caruana Mass, criminal (FBI Most Wanted List), is born.Ref: 5
1939*Len Cariou actor (Four Seasons), is born.Ref: 5
1942*Dewey Martin musician: drums, singer: group: Buffalo Springfield: For What It’s Worth, is born.Ref: 4
1942*Frankie Lymon NYC, rocker (& Teenagers-Why do Fools Fall in Love), is born.Ref: 5
1942*Sture Pettersson Sweden, cyclist (Olympic-silver-1968), is born.Ref: 5
1943*Jody Powell press mouthpiece to Jimmy Carter, is born.Ref: 5
1943*Marilyn McCoo Jersey City NJ, host/singer (Solid Gold, 5th Dimension), is born.Ref: 5
1944*Austin (Red) Robbins basketball: Univ. of TN, Philadelphia 76ers, is born.Ref: 4
1944*Jody Powell journalist; Press Secretary to U.S. President Jimmy CarterRef: 4
1946*Sylvia Peterson singer: group: The Chiffons, is born.Ref: 4
1947*Marc Bolan London England, rocker (T-Rex-Bang a Gong), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Rula Lenska St Neots England, actress (Friends from Europe are here), is born.Ref: 5
1948*Andy Maurer football: guard, tackle: Minnesota Vikings: Super Bowl IX, Denver Broncos: Super Bowl XII, is born.Ref: 4
1950*Victoria Tennant London England (All of Me, Chiefs, Winds of War), is born.Ref: 5
1951*Catie (Catherine) Ball swimmer: Univ. of Florida, U.S. women’s Olympic 400 medley relay [gold medal: 1968]Ref: 4
1953*Victoria Tennant actress: Flowers in the Attic, L.A. Story, The Winds of War, War and Remembrance, is born.Ref: 4
1953*Deborah Allen (Thurmond), Memphis Tn, country singer (Jim Stafford Show), is born.Ref: 5
1954*Barry Williams (Blenkhorn) actor: The Brady Bunch, A Very Brady Christmas, is born.Ref: 4
1954*Calvin Levels Cleveland Ohio, actor (Knightwatch), is born.Ref: 5
1957*Actress Fran Drescher is born. (XDG, p 4A, 9/30/2000)Ref: 83
1957*William Christian Wash DC, actor (Derek-All My Children), is born.Ref: 5
1958*(Long Island) Christopher Cass, Cold Spring Harbor NY, actor (Jack Forbes-Loving), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Basia Trzetrzelevska Poland, jazz singer (Time & Life), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Debrah Farentino actress (Hooperman, Equal Justice), is born.Ref: 5
1961*Eric Stoltz actor: Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Mask, Some Kind of Wonderful, Our Town, Three Sisters, Two Shakespearean Actors, The Importance of Being Ernest, The Glass Menagerie, Pulp Fiction, Once and Again, is born.Ref: 4
1961*Crystal Bernard, Dallas TX, actress (Amy-It's a Living, Wings), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Dave Magadan baseball: NY Mets [NLCS: 1988], Seattle Mariners, Florida Marlins, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, is born.Ref: 4
1976*Adita Linares Miami Fla, spanish actress, is born.Ref: 5
1977*Maia Brewton LA CA, actress (Margaret-Lime Street), is born.Ref: 5
1980 Martina Hingis is born.Ref: 10
1981*Olympic gold medal gymnast Dominique Moceanu is born. (XDG, p 4A, 9/30/2000)Ref: 83
430*Death of Latin Father St. Jerome, ca.75. Converted at 19, Jerome spent the last half of his life rendering the Scriptures into the contemporary ("vulgar") Latin of his day -- hence the "Latin Vulgate" -- as well as preparing commentaries on nearly every book of the Bible.Ref: 5
1630*John 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 quarrelRef: 2
1770*English revivalist George Whitefield, 56, died in Newburyport, Mass., while on his seventh visit to America.Ref: 5
1811 Sir Thomas Percy dies.Ref: 10
1857*George Townsly, Xenia Ohio's second postmaster, dies. (XDG, 9/16/1982)Ref: 83
1888*Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes are murdered, believed to be the third and fourth of five women murdered by Jack "The Ripper".Ref: 8
1897*Saint Theresa of Lisieux, French Carmelite nun, dies at age 24.Ref: 70
1930*Frederick Birkenhead, English lord chancellor (1919-22), dies at age 58.Ref: 70
1941*3,721 Jews are buried alive at Babi Yar ravine (near Kiev) Ukraine.Ref: 5
1948*(Long Island) Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt, wife of the 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt, dies in Oyster Bay, NY at age 87.(Ref: Klapthor, Margaret Brown, "The First Ladies", ©1995, ISBN 0-912308-59-1) 
1955*Actor and teen idol James Dean is killed, at age 24, in a car crash while driving his Porsche on his way to enter it into a race in Salinas, CA.Ref: 2
1959*Ross Granville Harrison , the American zoologist and pioneer in embryonic transplantation, dies.Ref: 70
1959*John H Kliegl developer of the Klieg light, dies at 89.Ref: 5
1960*H. St. John Philby, English explorer of Arabian peninsula, dies at age 75.Ref: 70
1969*Hank (Henry Curtis) Thompson baseball: SL Browns, NY Giants [World Series: 1951, 1954]; dies.Ref: 4
1972*Passenger train derails killing 48 (Rust Stasie South Africa).Ref: 5
1975*5 drown in flash flood of sewer & water tunnel (Niagara Falls NY).Ref: 5
1976*Mary Ford (Iris Colleen Summers) singer w/Les Paul: How High the Moon, Vaya Con Dios, The World is Waiting for the Sunrise; dies.Ref: 4
1978*Edgar Bergen (Bergren) actor, ventriloquist: radio: The Edgar Bergen Show w/dummy Charlie McCarthy; father of actress Candice Bergen; dies at age 75.Ref: 5
1982*Bill George Pro Football Hall of Famer: Chicago Bears middle linebacker: All-Pro [1955-62]; LA Rams; dies.Ref: 4
1983*Bill George Pro Football Hall of Famer: Chicago Bears middle linebacker: All-Pro [1955-62]; LA Rams; dies.Ref: 4
1983*Freddy Martin ‘Mr. Silvertone’: musician: tenor sax; bandleader: I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Cocoanuts, April in Portugal, I Saw Stars, Then I’ll Be Tired of You, Isle of Capri, Piano Concerto in B Flat, Tonight We Love, Bumble Boogie, Sabre Dance Boogie, Warsaw Concerto, Rose O’Day, Miss You, dies at age 76.Ref: 4
1983*William D Elliot actor (Bernie Loves Bridget, Adam 12), dies at 49.Ref: 5
1985*Dr. Charles Richter, who helped develop the earthquake intensity scale named for him, dies in a San Marino rest home. He was 85. (TWA, 1986)Ref: 95
1985*Simone Signoret (Kaminker) Academy Award-winning actress: Room at the Top [1959], Ship of Fools, Is Paris Burning?; dies at age 64.Ref: 4
1988*Joachim Prinz author/Rabbi of Berlin (1926-37), dies at 86Ref: 5
1989*Virgil Thomson Pulitzer Prize-winning composer: Louisiana Story; music critic: NY Herald-Tribune [1940 to 1954]; dies.Ref: 4
1989*Virgil Thompson, American composer (Four Saints in Three Acts, The Mother of Us All), at age 92.Ref: 70
1990*Patrick White, Australian novelist and playwright; awarded Nobel Prize in 1973, dies at age 78.Ref: 70
1993*7,928 people were killed when an earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale, struck southern India. 130,000 were left homeless by the pre- dawn temblor. It was the worst earthquake to hit India in 50 years, flattening 52 villages and damaging hundreds more.Ref: 4
1995*George Kirby comedian, impressionist: The George Kirby Show, ABC Comedy Hour; dies.Ref: 68
1996*Frances Lear magazine publisher: Lear’s; dies.Ref: 4
1998*After the a removal of a brain tumor nine months ago, former Royal reliever Dan Quisenberry dies of brain cancer at the age of 45.Ref: 1

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