#September 30 Today In History


*. 1915– A Serbian Army private becomes the first soldier in history to shoot down an enemy aircraft with ground-to-airfire.
*. 1927– Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 60 home runs in a season.
*. 1938– At 2:00 am, Britain, France, Germany and Italy sign the Munich Agreement, allowing Germany to occupy the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia.
*.1938 – The League of Nationsunanimously outlaws "intentional bombings of civilian populations".
*. 1939– General Władysław Sikorski becomes commander-in-chief of the Polish Governmentin exile.
*.1939 – NBC broadcasts the first televised American football game between the Waynesburg Yellow Jackets and the Fordham Rams. Fordham won the game 34-7.
*. 1943– The United States Merchant Marine Academy(USMMA) at Kings Point, New Yorkwas dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
*. 1945– The Bourne End rail crash, in Hertfordshire, England, kills 43
*. 1947– Pakistan and Yemen join the United Nations.
*. 1949– The Berlin Airlift ends.
*. 1954– The U.S. Navy submarine USS Nautilus is commissioned as the world's first nuclear reactor powered vessel.
*. 1962– Mexican-American labor leader César Chávez founds the National Farm Workers Association, which later becomes United Farm Workers.
*.1962 – James Meredith enters the University of Mississippi, defying segregation.
*.1965 – The 30 September Movement attempts acoupagainst the Indonesian government, which is crushed by the military under Suharto and leads to a mass anti-communist purge, with over 500,000 people killed.
*.1965 – Trapped in the Sky, the pilot episode of Gerry Anderson's beloved Thunderbirds, airs on ITV for the first time.
*. 1966– The British protectorate of Bechuana land declares its independence, and becomes the Republic of Botswana. Seretse Khamatakes office as the first President.
*. 1968– The Boeing 747 is rolled out and shown to the public for the first time at the Boeing Everett Factory.
*. 1970– Jordanmakes a deal with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine(PFLP) for the release of the remaining hostages from the Dawson's Field hijackings.
*. 1979– The Hong Kong MTR commences service with the opening of its Modified Initial System(aka. Kwun Tong Line).
*. 1982– Cyanide-laced Tylenol kills six people in the Chicago area. Seven are killed in all.
*. 1986– Mordechai Vanunu, who revealed details of Israel's covert nuclear program to British media, is kidnapped in Rome, Italy by the Israeli Mossad.
*. 1988– Al Holbert was fatally injured when his privately owned propeller driven Piper PA-60aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff near Columbus, Ohio when a clamshell door was not closed.
*. 1993– An earthquake hits India's Latur and Osmanabad district of Marathwada ( Aurangabaddivision) in Maharashtrastate leaving tens of thousands of people dead and many more homeless.
*. 1994– Aldwych tube station(originally Strand Station) of the London Underground closes after eighty-eight years in service.
*. 1994– Ongar railway station, the furthest London Underground from Central London, closes.
*. 1996– The United States Congress passes an Amendment that bans the possession of firearms for people who were convicted of domestic violence, even misdemeanor level.
*. 2004– The first images of a live giant squidin its natural habitat are taken 600 miles south of Tokyo.
*. 2005– The controversial drawings of Muhammad are printed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
*. 2009– The 2009 Sumatra earthquakes occur, killing over 1,115 people.

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