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Saturday, September 29, 2012

September 30: History Today.

September 30: History Today.

Birth History Today-

William Wrigley, Jr. 1861 - Chewing gum tycoon 
William Wrigley Jr.: Wrigley's Chewing Gum Founder
Angie Dickinson 1931 - Actress (Police Woman, Cassie and Company) 
Police Woman (TV series)
Johnny Mathis 1935 - Singer 

Basia 1956 

Fran Drescher 1957 
The NannyTV Series (1993 - 1999)

Martina Hingis 1980 

General History Today-

1846 - Ether, an experimental anesthetic at the time, was used for the first time by Dr. William Morton at Massachusetts General Hospital. 

1927 - George Herman "Babe" Ruth hit his 60th homerun of the season. He broke his own record with the homerun. The record stood until 1961 when Roger Maris broke the record. 
Babe Ruth

1946 - An international military tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany, found 22 top Nazi leaders guilty of war crimes. 
Nuremberg Palace of Justice, where the International Military Tribunal
tried 22 leading German officials for war crimes. Nuremberg, November 1945.
1947 - The World Series was televised for the first time. The sponsors only paid $65,000 for the entire series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees. 

1971 - The Soviet Union and the United States signed pacts that were aimed at avoiding an accidental nuclear war. 

1980 - Israel issued its new currency, the shekel, to replace the pound. 

1982 - "Cheers" began an 11-year run on NBC-TV. 
Cheers title screen
1987 - Mikhail S. Gorbachev retired President Andrei A. Gromyko from the Politburo and fired other old-guard leaders in a shake-up at the Kremlin. 

1994 - The space shuttle Endeavor took off on an 11-day mission. Part of the mission was to use a radar instrument to map remote areas of the Earth. 

Disaster History Today-

1982 - In the Chicago area, seven people died after taking Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules that had been laced with cyanide. About 31 million bottles of Tylenol were eventually taken off the market. (September 29-October 1) 

2006 - In Brazil, a Brazilian jetliner clipped a smaller executive jet and then crashed into the Amazon rain forest. All 155 people aboard were killed. The smaller jet was able to land at a local air force base. 

2009 - An 8.3-magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami near the Samoan Islands. Many communities and harbors in Samoa and American Samoa were destroyed. At least 189 people were killed. 

Death History Today-

1978 - Pope John Paul I was found dead after only one month of serving as pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. 
Pope John Paul I

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