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What happened on September 30? There are more than 288 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About September 30

September 30 is the 274th day of the year 2016. There are 92 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday. This day falls under the 39th week of the year 2016.

On this day in Parrish, Florida 34219 sunrise will occur at 12:22 PM and sunset will occur at 12:16 AM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Libra. The modern birthstone for this month is Sapphire while the mystical birthstone is Agate.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 120 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (January 28, 2017).

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Historical Events For September 30

  • 1399
    Henry IV is proclaimed King of England.
  • 1744
    France and Spain defeat the Kingdom of Sardinia at the Battle of Madonna dell'Olmo.
  • 1791
    The National Constituent Assembly in Paris is dissolved; Parisians hail Maximilien Robespierre and Jérôme Pétion as “incorruptible patriots”.
  • 1791
    The first performance of The Magic Flute, the last opera by Mozart to make its debut, took place at Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna, Austria.
  • 1813
    Battle of Bárbula: Simón Bolívar defeats Santiago Bobadilla.
  • 1860
    Britain’s first tram service begins in Birkenhead, Merseyside.
  • 1882
    Thomas Edison’s first commercial hydroelectric power plant (later known as Appleton Edison Light Company) begins operation on the Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin, United States.
  • 1888
    Jack the Ripper kills his third and fourth victims, Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes.
  • 1895
    Madagascar becomes a French protectorate.
  • 1903
    The new Gresham’s School is officially opened by Field Marshal Sir Evelyn Wood.
  • 1906
    The Real Academia Galega, Galician language’s biggest linguistic authority, starts working in Havana.
  • 1907
    McKinley National Memorial, final resting place of assassinated U.S. President William McKinley and his family, dedicated in Canton, Ohio.
  • 1927
    Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 60 home runs in a season.
  • 1931
    Start of “Die Voortrekkers” youth movement for Afrikaners in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
  • 1935
    The Hoover Dam, astride the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada, is dedicated.
  • 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 Nations unanimously outlaws “intentional bombings of civilian populations”.
  • 1939
    General Władysław Sikorski becomes commander-in-chief of the Polish Government in exile.
  • 1941
    World War II: Holocaust in Kiev, Ukraine: German Einsatzgruppe C complete Babi Yar massacre.
  • 1945
    The Bourne End rail crash, in Hertfordshire, England, kills 43
  • 1947
    The Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Yemen join the United Nations.
  • 1947
    The World Series, featuring the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers, is televised for the first time.
  • 1949
    The Berlin Airlift ends.
  • 1954
    The U.S. Navy submarine USS Nautilus is commissioned as the world’s first nuclear reactor powered vessel.
  • 1955
    Film star James Dean dies in a road accident aged 24.
  • 1962
    James Meredith enters the University of Mississippi, defying segregation.
  • 1962
    Mexican-American labor leader César Chávez founds the National Farm Workers Association, which later becomes United Farm Workers.
  • 1965
    The Lockheed L-100, the civilian version of the C-130 Hercules, is introduced.
  • 1966
    The British protectorate of Bechuanaland declares its independence, and becomes the Republic of Botswana. Seretse Khama takes office as the first President.
  • 1967
    BBC Light Programme, Third Programme and Home Service are replaced with BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4 Respectively, BBC Radio 1 is also launched with Tony Blackburn presenting the first show.
  • 1968
    The Boeing 747 is rolled out and shown to the public for the first time at the Boeing Everett Factory.
  • 1970
    Jordan makes 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.
  • 1972
    Roberto Clemente records the 3,000th and final hit of his career.
  • 1975
    The Hughes (later McDonnell-Douglas, now Boeing) AH-64 Apache makes its first flight.
  • 1977
    Because of US budget cuts and dwindling power reserves, the Apollo program’s ALSEP experiment packages left on the Moon are shut down.
  • 1979
    The Hong Kong MTR commences service with the opening of its Modified Initial System (aka. Kwun Tong Line).
  • 1980
    Ethernet specifications are published by Xerox working with Intel and Digital Equipment Corporation.
  • 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.
  • 1990
    The Dalai Lama unveils the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa.
  • 1993
    An earthquake hits India’s Latur and Osmanabad district of Marathwada (Aurangabad division) in Maharashtra state 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 of service.
  • 1994
    Ongar railway station, the furthest London Underground from Central London, closes.
  • 1999
    Japan’s second worst nuclear accident at a uranium reprocessing facility in Tōkai-mura, northeast of Tokyo.
  • 2004
    The AIM-54 Phoenix, the primary missile for the F-14 Tomcat, is retired from service. Almost two years later, the Tomcat is retired.
  • 2004
    The first images of a live giant squid in 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.

Who Were Born On September 30?

  • 1207
    Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi, Persian mystic and poet (d. 1273)
  • 1227
    Pope Nicholas IV (d. 1292)
  • 1530
    Geronimo Mercuriali, Italian philologist and physician (d. 1606)
  • 1550
    Michael Maestlin, German mathematician (d. 1631)
  • 1631
    William Stoughton, American jurist (d. 1701)
  • 1700
    Stanisław Konarski, Polish writer (d. 1773)
  • 1710
    John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford, British statesman (d. 1771)
  • 1715
    Étienne Bonnot de Condillac, French philosopher (d. 1780)
  • 1732
    Jacques Necker, French finance minister of Louis XVI (d. 1804)
  • 1765
    José María Morelos, Mexican revolutionary (d. 1815)
  • 1800
    Decimus Burton, British architect (d. 1881)
  • 1811
    Queen Augusta of Saxe-Weimar of Prussia (d. 1890)
  • 1813
    John Rae, Scottish physician and explorer (d. 1893)
  • 1827
    Ellis H. Roberts, American politician (d. 1918)
  • 1832
    Anna Maria Reeves Jarvis, American labor activist (d. 1905)
  • 1852
    Charles Villiers Stanford, Irish composer (d. 1924)
  • 1861
    William Wrigley, Jr., American industrialist (d. 1932)
  • 1870
    Jean Baptiste Perrin, French physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1942)
  • 1870
    Thomas W. Lamont, American banker (d. 1948)
  • 1882
    Hans Geiger, German physicist (d. 1945)
  • 1883
    Bernhard Rust, Nazi education minister (d. 1945)
  • 1887
    Lil Dagover, Dutch-born German actress (d. 1980)
  • 1893
    Lansdale Sasscer, American politician (d. 1964)
  • 1895
    Lewis Milestone, Russian-born film director (d. 1980)
  • 1897
    Alfred Wintle, British military figure and author (d. 1966)
  • 1897
    Gaspar Cassadó, Spanish cellist and composer (d. 1966)
  • 1898
    Orestis Makris, Greek actor (d. 1975)
  • 1898
    Princess Charlotte of Monaco (d. 1977)
  • 1898
    Renée Adorée, French actress (d. 1933)
  • 1901
    Thelma Terry, American bandleader and bassist (d. 1966)
  • 1904
    Waldo Williams, Welsh poet (d. 1971)
  • 1905
    Michael Powell, British screenwriter, film director, and producer (d. 1990)
  • 1905
    Nevill Francis Mott, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1996)
  • 1906
    Mireille Hartuch, French singer, composer and actress (d. 1996)
  • 1908
    David Oistrakh, Ukrainian violinist (d. 1974)
  • 1910
    Jussi Kekkonen, Finnish major (d. 1962)
  • 1912
    Kenny Baker, American singer and actor (d. 1985)
  • 1913
    Bill Walsh, American film producer and writer (d. 1975)
  • 1915
    Lester Maddox, American businessman and politician (d. 2003)
  • 1917
    Buddy Rich, American big band jazz drummer (d. 1987)
  • 1917
    Park Chung-hee, President of South Korea (d. 1979)
  • 1918
    Lewis Nixon, American WWII veteran (d. 1995)
  • 1918
    René Rémond, French historian and political economist (d. 2007)
  • 1919
    Patricia Neway, American soprano
  • 1919
    Roberto Bonomi, Argentine racing driver (d. 1992)
  • 1920
    Aldo Parisot, Brazilian-born American cellist
  • 1921
    Deborah Kerr, Scottish actress (d. 2007)
  • 1922
    Alan Stretton, Australian general
  • 1922
    Lamont Johnson, American television director (d. 2010)
  • 1923
    Donald Swann, member of the group Flanders and Swann (d. 1994)
  • 1924
    Nikos Rizos, Greek actor (d. 1999)
  • 1924
    Truman Capote, American author (d. 1984)
  • 1926
    Robin Roberts, American baseball player (d. 2010)
  • 1927
    W. S. Merwin, American poet
  • 1928
    Elie Wiesel, Romanian Holocaust survivor; Nobel laureate
  • 1929
    Vassilis Papazachos, Greek seismologist
  • 1931
    Angie Dickinson, American actress
  • 1932
    Johnny Podres, American baseball player (d. 2008)
  • 1932
    Shintarō Ishihara, Japanese author and politician (Governor of Tokyo)
  • 1933
    Barbara Knox, English actress
  • 1933
    Ben Cooper, American actor
  • 1933
    Cissy Houston, American gospel singer
  • 1934
    Alan A'Court, English footballer (d. 2009)
  • 1934
    Anna Kashfi, Welsh actress
  • 1934
    Udo Jürgens, Austrian singer
  • 1935
    Johnny Mathis, American singer
  • 1935
    Z. Z. Hill, American blues singer (d. 1984)
  • 1936
    Jim Sasser, American Senator
  • 1937
    Jurek Becker, German author
  • 1937
    Valentin Silvestrov, Ukrainian composer
  • 1938
    Alan Hacker, English clarinettist and professor of the Royal Academy of Music
  • 1939
    Jean-Marie Lehn, French chemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1939
    Len Cariou, Canadian actor
  • 1940
    Dewey Martin, Canadian rock musician (Buffalo Springfield) (d. 2009)
  • 1940
    Samuel F. Pickering, Jr., American author and professor
  • 1942
    Frankie Lymon, American singer (d. 1968)
  • 1942
    Gus Dudgeon, record producer (d. 2002)
  • 1943
    Ian Ogilvy, British Actor
  • 1943
    Johann Deisenhofer, German chemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1943
    Marilyn McCoo, American singer (The 5th Dimension)
  • 1944
    Diane Dufresne, French Canadian singer
  • 1944
    Jimmy Johnstone, Scottish Celtic footballer (d. 2006)
  • 1944
    Red Robbins, American basketball player (d. 2009)
  • 1945
    Bob Lassiter, American radio personality
  • 1945
    Ehud Olmert, Israeli statesman
  • 1946
    Claude Vorilhon, French UFO advocate
  • 1946
    Fran Brill, American actress, voice actress and puppeteer
  • 1946
    Héctor Lavoe, Puerto Rican singer (d. 1993)
  • 1946
    Jochen Mass, German race car driver
  • 1946
    Paul Sheahan, Australian test cricketer
  • 1947
    Marc Bolan, English musician (T. Rex) (d. 1977)
  • 1947
    Rula Lenska, English actress
  • 1948
    Craig Kusick, American baseball player (d. 2006)
  • 1950
    Renato Zero, Italian musician
  • 1951
    Barry Marshall, Australian physician, Nobel laureate
  • 1951
    John Lloyd British comedy writer and televison producer
  • 1952
    Jack Wild, British actor (d. 2006)
  • 1952
    John Lombardo, musician, founding member of 10,000 Maniacs
  • 1953
    Deborah Allen, American singer
  • 1953
    Matt Abts, American drummer (Gov't Mule)
  • 1953
    S. M. Stirling, Canadian author
  • 1954
    Barry Williams, American actor
  • 1954
    Basia Trzetrzelewska, Polish singer and songwriter
  • 1954
    Patrice Rushen, American musician
  • 1954
    Scott Fields, guitarist and composer
  • 1955
    Andy Bechtolsheim, co-founder of Sun Microsystems
  • 1955
    Frankie Kennedy, Irish flute and tin whistle player
  • 1956
    Trevor Morgan, English footballer and coach
  • 1957
    Fran Drescher, American actress
  • 1958
    Marty Stuart, American musician
  • 1959
    Debrah Farentino, American actress
  • 1959
    Ettore Messina, Italian basketball coach
  • 1960
    Blanche Lincoln, American politician
  • 1960
    Julia Adamson, composer/musician
  • 1960
    Miki Howard, American singer and actress
  • 1961
    Crystal Bernard, American actress
  • 1961
    Eric Stoltz, American actor
  • 1961
    Eric van de Poele, Belgian racing driver
  • 1961
    Sally Yeh, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • 1962
    Frank Rijkaard, Dutch football player and manager
  • 1962
    Marley Marl, American rapper and record producer
  • 1963
    David Barbe, American musician (Sugar)
  • 1964
    Monica Bellucci, Italian actress
  • 1964
    Robby Takac, American singer and bassist (Goo Goo Dolls)
  • 1964
    Trey Anastasio, American musician (Phish)
  • 1965
    Kathleen Madigan, American comedian
  • 1965
    Omid Djalili, British stand-up comedian and actor
  • 1966
    Gary Armstrong, Scotland rugby player
  • 1966
    Kerry G. Johnson, African American graphic designer and caricaturist
  • 1966
    Markus Burger, German pianist, composer and music educator
  • 1967
    Andrea Roth, Candian actress
  • 1969
    Chris Von Erich, American professional wrestler (d. 1991)
  • 1969
    Mark Smith, English body builder
  • 1970
    Eric Piatkowski, American basketball player
  • 1970
    Tony Hale, American actor
  • 1971
    Jenna Elfman, American actress
  • 1972
    Ari Behn, Norwegian author
  • 1972
    Jamal Anderson, American football player
  • 1972
    John Campbell, American musician (Lamb of God)
  • 1972
    José Lima, American baseball player (d. 2010)
  • 1972
    Shaan, Indian singer
  • 1974
    Daniel Wu, American-born Chinese film actor, director, and producer
  • 1974
    Eli Cottonwood, American professional wrestler and former basketball player.
  • 1974
    Jeremy Giambi, American baseball player
  • 1975
    Carlos Guillén, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1975
    Georges-Alain Jones, French singer
  • 1975
    Jay Asher, American novelist
  • 1975
    Marion Cotillard, French actress
  • 1975
    Sammy Igoe, English footballer
  • 1977
    Maia Brewton, American actress
  • 1977
    Roy Carroll, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1977
    Sun Jihai, Chinese footballer
  • 1978
    Candice Michelle, American female wrestler
  • 1978
    Róbinson Zapata, Colombian footballer
  • 1979
    Andy van der Meyde, Dutch footballer
  • 1979
    Cameron Bruce, Australian rules footballer
  • 1979
    Clio-Danae Othoneou, Greek actress, musician and pianist
  • 1979
    Vince Chong, Malaysian singer-songwriter
  • 1980
    Camilla D’Errico, Canadian comic book artist and painter
  • 1980
    Martina Hingis, Swiss tennis player
  • 1980
    Simon Little, English bassist
  • 1981
    Brandon Watson, American baseball player
  • 1981
    Cecelia Ahern, Irish author
  • 1981
    Dominique Moceanu, American gymnast
  • 1982
    Kieran Culkin, American actor
  • 1982
    Lacey Chabert, American actress
  • 1982
    Michelle Marsh, British model
  • 1982
    Ola Jordan, Professional dancer
  • 1982
    Ryan Stout, American comedian
  • 1982
    Ryane Clowe Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1982
    Seth Smith, American baseball player
  • 1982
    Teal Redmann, American actress
  • 1982
    Tory Lane, American nude model and pornographic actress
  • 1982
    Yan Stastny, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1983
    Adam Jones, American football player
  • 1983
    Andreea Răducan, Romanian gymnast
  • 1984
    Georgios Eleftheriou, Greek-Cypriot footballer
  • 1984
    Keisha Buchanan, British singer and songwriter (Sugababes)
  • 1985
    Adam Cooney, Australian rules footballer
  • 1985
    T-Pain, American musician
  • 1986
    Cemil Mengi, Turkish footballer
  • 1986
    Cristián Zapata, Colombian footballer
  • 1986
    Martin Guptill, New Zealand cricketer
  • 1986
    Quinn Johnson, American football player
  • 1986
    Rene Ranger, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1987
    Denise Laurel, Filipino actress and singer

Who Died On September 30?

  • 420
    Saint Jerome, translator of the Vulgate Bible
  • 653
    Saint Honorius, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 954
    King Louis IV of France (b. 920)
  • 1101
    Anselm IV, Archbishop of Milan
  • 1246
    Yaroslav II of Russia (b. 1191)
  • 1440
    Reginald Grey, 3rd Baron Grey de Ruthyn, English soldier and politician
  • 1487
    John Sutton, 1st Baron Dudley, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (b. 1400)
  • 1551
    Ōuchi Yoshitaka, Japanese warlord (b. 1507)
  • 1560
    Melchior Cano, Spanish theologian (b. 1525)
  • 1572
    St. Francis Borgia, Jesuit priest (b. 1510)
  • 1581
    Hubert Languet, French diplomat and reformer (b. 1518)
  • 1626
    Nurhaci, Manchurian chief (b. 1559)
  • 1628
    Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, English poet (b. 1554)
  • 1770
    George Whitefield, English-born Methodist leader (b. 1714)
  • 1770
    Thomas Robinson, 1st Baron Grantham, English politician and diplomat
  • 1772
    James Brindley, English engineer (b. 1716)
  • 1865
    Samuel David Luzzatto, Italian-Jewish scholar (b. 1800)
  • 1888
    Catherine Eddowes, widely believed to be the fourth victim of Jack the Ripper (b. 1842)
  • 1888
    Elizabeth Stride, widely believed to be the third victim of Jack the Ripper (b. 1843)
  • 1891
    Georges Boulanger, French general and politician (b. 1837)
  • 1897
    Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, Roman Catholic saint and mystic (b. 1873)
  • 1910
    Maurice Lévy, French engineer (b. 1838)
  • 1913
    Rudolf Diesel, German inventor (b. 1858)
  • 1941
    Alice de Janzé, American heiress (b. 1899)
  • 1942
    Hans-Joachim Marseille, German fighter pilot (b. 1919)
  • 1943
    Franz Oppenheimer, German sociologist (b. 1864)
  • 1955
    James Dean, American actor (b. 1931)
  • 1961
    Onésime Gagnon, French Canadian politician, lieutenant-governor of Quebec (b. 1888)
  • 1973
    Peter Pitseolak, Inuit photographer and author (b. 1902)
  • 1974
    Carlos Prats, Chilean Constitutionalist General, assassinated in the frame of Operation Condor (b. 1915)
  • 1977
    Mary Ford, American singer (Les Paul and Mary Ford) (b. 1924)
  • 1978
    Edgar Bergen, American actor and ventriloquist (b. 1903)
  • 1985
    Charles Richter, American seismologist (b. 1900)
  • 1985
    Simone Signoret, French actress (b. 1921)
  • 1988
    Al Holbert, American race car driver and team owner (b. 1946)
  • 1989
    Virgil Thomson, American composer (b. 1896)
  • 1990
    Alice Parizeau, Quebec writer and journalist (b. 1930)
  • 1990
    Patrick White, Australian writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1912)
  • 1990
    Rob Moroso, American NASCAR driver (b. 1968)
  • 1991
    Toma Zdravković, Serbian folk singer (b. 1938)
  • 1994
    André Michel Lwoff, French microbiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1902)
  • 1995
    Jean-Luc Pépin, Canadian academic and politician (b. 1924)
  • 1998
    Dan Quisenberry, American baseball player (b. 1953)
  • 1998
    Marius Goring, British Actor (b. 1912)
  • 2002
    Göran Kropp, Swedish adventurer and mountaineer (b. 1966)
  • 2002
    Hans-Peter Tschudi, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1913)
  • 2003
    Robert Kardashian, Armenian-American lawyer (b. 1944)
  • 2003
    Yusuf Bey, Black Muslim leader (b. 1935)
  • 2004
    Gamini Fonseka, Sri Lankan actor (b. 1936)
  • 2004
    Jacques Levy, Jewish American songwriter, theatre director, and clinical psychologist (b. 1935)
  • 2004
    Michael Relph, British film producer and director (b. 1915)
  • 2008
    Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam, Singaporean politician, former Secretary-General of Workers’ Party of Singapore (b. 1926)
  • 2010
    Aaron-Carl Ragland, American electronic dance musician (b. 1973)
  • 2011
    Anwar al-Awlaki, American-born terrorist and islamist militant (b. 1971)


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