TODAY IN HISTORY
Today is Sunday, Sept. 30, the 273rd day of 2018. There are 92 days left in the year.
HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY
On Sept. 30, 1962, James Meredith, a black student, was escorted by federal marshals to the campus of the University of Mississippi, where he enrolled for classes the next day; Meredith's presence sparked rioting that claimed two lives.
• Actress Angie Dickinson is 87. • Singer Johnny Mathis is 83. • Singer Marilyn McCoo (the Fifth Dimension) is 75. • Singer Deborah Allen is 65. • Actor Barry Williams ("The Brady Bunch") is 64. • Actress Fran Drescher ("The Nanny") is 61. • Country singer Marty Stuart is 60. • Actor Tony Hale ("Veep") is 48. • Actress Jenna Elfman ("Dharma & Greg") is 47. • Actress Marion Cotillard is 43. • Olympic gold medal gymnast Dominique Moceanu is 37. • Singer-rapper T-Pain is 34.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
"If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning." — Attributed to Catherine the Great, Russian empress (1729-96)
ON THIS DATE
In 1777, the Continental Congress — forced to flee in the face of advancing British forces — moved to York, Pennsylvania.
In 1846, Boston dentist William Morton used ether as an anesthetic for the first time as he extracted an ulcerated tooth from merchant Eben Frost.
In 1938, after co-signing the Munich Agreement allowing Nazi annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain said, "I believe it is peace for our time."
In 1947, the World Series was broadcast on television for the first time; the New York Yankees defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers 5-3 in Game 1. (The Yankees went on to win the Series four games to three.)
In 1949, the Berlin Airlift came to an end.
In 1955, actor James Dean, 24, was killed in a two-car collision near Cholame, California.
In 2003, the FBI began a full-scale criminal investigation into whether White House officials had illegally leaked the identity of undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame.