On This Day

On This Day in History for September 30 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1972 Passenger train derails killing 48 (Rust Stasie South Africa)
  • 1973 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 1974 General Francisco da Costa Gomesz succeeds General António de Spínola as President of Portugal
  • 1975 5 drown in flash flood of sewer & water tunnel (Niagara Falls NY)
  • 1975 The Hughes (later McDonnell-Douglas, now Boeing) AH-64 Apache makes its first flight.
  • 1977 Dutch Antillean government-Evertsz resigns

Music releaseAlbum Release

1977 Ringo Starr releases "Ringo the 4th" album

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • 1977 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1977 Due to US budget cuts, the Apollo program's ALSEP experiment packages left on the Moon are shut down.
  • 1977 Philippine political prisoners, Eugenio Lopez, Jr. and Sergio Osmeña III successfully escaped from Fort Bonifacio Maximum Security Prison in the Philippines

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Iran rejects a truce call from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein

Iraqi President and Dictator Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President and Dictator
Saddam Hussein
  • 1980 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1980 Ethernet specifications published by Xerox working with Intel and Digital Equipment Corporation.

Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel Andrew Grove
Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel
Andrew Grove
  • 1981 Last game at Minn's Metropolitan Stadium, lose to KC 5-2
  • 1981 French parliament votes to abolish the death penalty, led by Minister of Justice Robert Badinter
  • 1982 National railroad strike in Belgium

  • 1982 12th Commonwealth Games open in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1984 Browns set a team record for allowing most sacks (11), KC wins 10-6
  • 1986 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1986 US releases Soviet spy Gennadiy Zakharov
  • 1986 Mordechai Vanunu, who revealed details of Israel covert nuclear program to British media, is kidnapped in Rome, Italy
  • 1987 Suriname constitution ratified
  • 1988 Andrei Andreyevich Gromyko retires as Soviet Foreign Minister
  • 1988 Dave Stieb loses 2nd consecutive no hitter bid with 2 outs in 9th
  • 1988 IBM announces shipment of 3 millionth PS/2 personal computer
  • 1989 NASA closes down tracking stations in Hawaii & Ascension
  • 1989 Senegambia separates back into Gambia & Senegal
  • 1989 West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher grants escaping East Germans free passage to the West in speech from West German embassy balcony in Prague

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 The Dalai Lama unveils the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights in Canada's capital city of Ottawa.

14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso
  • 1991 Rev Jean Betrand Aristide ousted as president of Haiti

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Jerry Springer's tabloid talk show "The Jerry Springer Show" debuts

Talk Show Host Jerry Springer
Talk Show Host
Jerry Springer
  • 1993 6.4 earthquake at Latur, India, 28,000 killed

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 US General Colin Powell retires at 56

General and US Secretary of State Colin Powell
General and US Secretary of State
Colin Powell
  • 1994 Space shuttle STS-68 (Endeavour 7), launches into orbit
  • 1994 Sylvestre Ntibantunganya elected president of Burundi
  • 1994 Vladimir Meciars HZDDS wins Slovakia parliamentary election

  • 1995 Cleveland Indian Albert Belle hits his 50th home run of season
  • 1997 Hooters agrees to pay $2 million in discrimination suits
  • 1997 Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 4

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 John Howard's Australian government gun buy back scheme ends with more than 640,000 firearms compulsorily acquired, including many newly illegal semi-automatic rifles and shotguns

25th Australian Prime Minister John Howard
25th Australian Prime Minister
John Howard
  • 1999 Japan's worst nuclear accident at a uranium reprocessing facility in Tōkai-mura, northeast of Tokyo.
  • 2004 The first images of a live giant squid in its natural habitat are taken 600 miles south of Tokyo
  • 2004 The AIM-54 Phoenix, the primary missile for the F-14 Tomcat, retired from service. Almost two years later, the Tomcat retires.
  • 2005 The Parliament of Catalonia passes with 120 plus votes and 15 against, the Project of New Catalan Statute of Autonomy, proclaiming in its article 1, "Catalonia is a nation".
  • 2005 The controversial drawings of Muhammad are printed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
  • 2006 the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia adopted the Constitutional Act that proclaimed the new Constitution of Serbia.
  • 2012 Two opposition Venezuelan politicians are shot dead a week before the presidential election
  • 2012 Car bomb blasts kill at least 32 people across Iraq
  • 2012 Melbourne Storm defeat the Canterbury Bulldogs in the 2012 NRL Grand Final
  • 2013 54 people are killed by a series of car bombs in Baghdad, Iraq
  • 2014 A case of Ebola Virus reaches Dallas, Texas
  • 2017 Indonesian man survives a fight with giant python 7.8m long in Batang Gansal
  • 2018 Chinese-French painter Zao Wou-Ki's work "Juin-Octobre 1985" sells for $65 million in Hong Kong, in one of the most expensive art auctions ever in Asia
  • 2019 315 billion-tonne iceberg named D28 calves from Amery ice shelf, Antarctica
  • 2020 Spanish government orders a COVID-19 lockdown in Madrid and surrounding areas after a rapid rise in cases
  • 2020 California becomes the 1st US state to pass a law allowing for reparations for black residents and descendants of slaves

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