On This Day in
American History:
September 30

On September 30, 1947 the first televised World Series began between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees.
The series went 7 games and was won by Yankee greats such as Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra and Phil Rizzuto. Dodger greats included Gil Hodges, Pee Wee Reese and 1947’s Rookie of the Year, Jackie Robinson.

Image: Cover of a program from the 1947 World Series via Alamy


American musician Johnny Mathis was born on September 30, 1935 in Gilmer, Texas.

In 1996 he re-recorded his 1957 hit song “Chances Are” with Liza Minnelli. 

Throughout his career he has supported a number of charities.

Image: Johnny Mathis in 1960 by MCA via Wikimedia Commons, public domain


On September 30, 1935 "Boulder Dam” was dedicated. 
During the Truman Administration, Congress officially restored the name "Hoover Dam” in 1947.

Image: An over 500ft long American Flag hanging over the face of the Hoover Dam in 1996 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain


The first episode of The Rifleman titled “The Sharpshooter” premiered on ABC Network on September 30, 1958.

Image of Chuck Connors in The Rifleman c. 1962 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain

On September 30, 1921 original copies of The Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were removed from the Department of State and transferred to the Library of Congress. 

Image: Removal of The U.S. Constitution via Library of Congress on 9/30/1921, no known restrictions


September 30, 1787: The Columbia Rediviva departed the shores of Boston and embarked on the historic journey that would make it the first American vessel to circumnavigate the world. 

Photo: George Davidson, artist painter who served on board the Columbia Rediviva via Wikimedia Commons, public domain


Born September 30, 1924 Truman Capote was writing by age 11 and was published by 21. He’s known for writing “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “In Cold Blood,” and many short stories. Capote was a childhood friend of author Harper Lee and the character of Dill in “To Kill a Mockingbird” is based on him.

Image Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication via Wikimedia Commons.


"Burning of the Palace Steamer Robert E. Lee: Off Yucatan Point, 35 miles below Vicksburg, on the Mississippi River, at 3 o'Clock, A.M., September 30, 1882, while on her first trip of the season from Vicksburg to New Orleans, by which calamity 21 lives were lost”

Image from 1882 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain 


On September 30, 1541 de Soto and his men entered the territory of the Tula tribe in present day western Arkansas. Intense fighting between the two groups occured as the skilled Tula fighters used their long spears to defend themselves. There were a number of casualties on both sides. 

Image of de Soto via Library of Congress, no known restrictions


On September 30, 1955 American actor James Dean (24 years old) was killed in a car accident near Cholame, California. 
Fifty years later, on September 30, 2005 the State of California renamed the intersection where the accident occurred as the James Dean Memorial Junction.

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain


The USS Nautilus arriving in New York City in the late 1950s

On September 30, 1954 the first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, was commissioned. 

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain

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