- 1520 Suleiman the Magnificent succeeds his father Selam I as Ottoman Sultan (rules till 1566)
- 1846 Anesthetic ether is used for the 1st time, by American dentist Dr William Morton who extracts a tooth
- 1862 Minister-President of Prussia Otto von Bismarck delivers his famous "Blood and Iron" speech on the unification of German territories
- 1938 Treaty of Munich signed by Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Édouard Daladier and Neville Chamberlain, forces Czechoslovakia to give territory to Germany. Chamberlain infamously declares "Peace for our time" on his return to London.
- 1946 Twenty-two Nazi leaders, including Joachim von Ribbentrop and Hermann Goering, are found guilty of war crimes and sentenced to death or prison at the Nuremberg war trials
- 1980 Ethernet specifications published by Xerox working with Intel and Digital Equipment Corporation 
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Sep 30 in Film & TV
- 1950 Radio's "Grand Ole Opry" is broadcast on TV for 1st time
Sep 30 in Music
- 1791 Mozart's opera "Magic Flute", with German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder, premieres at Schikaneder's Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna, Austria
Sep 30 in Sport
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Peter Stuyvesant of New Netherlands forbids tennis playing during religious services (1st mention of tennis in US)
On September 30, 1659
Would You Believe?
"The Flintstones" the first animated sitcom created by Hanna-Barbera premieres on ABC in the US
On September 30, 1960
- 1932 Actor and director Ray Milland (27) weds Muriel Frances Weber
- 1939 Nobel Prize-winning author William Golding (28) weds analytic chemist Ann Brookfield
- 1950 First Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew (27) weds lawyer Kwa Geok Choo (29) in Singapore
- 1938 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (37) divorces pianist Lil Armstrong (40) after more than 14 years of marriage
- 2010 "CSI: Miami" actor Eddie Cibrian (36) divorces actress Brandi Glanville (37) due to irreconcilable differences after eight years of marriage
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Nuremberg TrialsHermann Goering on trial at the Nuremberg Trials. He would later be sentenced to death, but committed suicide the night before his sentence was to be carried out.
September 30, 1946
Pirates Put BBC Broadcasting to the SwordDeprived of their music over the airwaves, British pop fans of the early 60s were happy to turn to "seawaves" and tune in to pirate radio stations.
September 30, 1967