30 September

1955 : James Dean died in East of Eden


On September 30, 1955, American actor James Dean died in a car accident while driving his Porsche at high speeds on the road to Salinas, California, where the action of the film adapted from the novel by John Steinbeck, East of Eden, in which he had turned, took place. The other two films he had shot : Giant and Rebel Without a Cause, came out after his death. With his short but intense career and dramatic death, James Dean became an icon revered around the world.

1993 : Earthquake in India


September 30, 1993, an earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck the city of Latur in southern India. Due to the time of the earthquake (early morning) and poorly constructed houses, 10,000 people were killed.

2004 : First pictures of a giant squid in its natural habitat


On September 30, 2004, Japanese researchers were able to take pictures of a giant squid (Architeuthis) operating in its natural habitat, 1,000 km south of Tokyo. A giant squid can measure up to 13 m long. The colossal squid (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni) is estimated to be even bigger but no live large specimen has ever been seen alive.

2009 : Earthquake in Sumatra


On September 30, 2009, an earthquake of moment magnitude 6.7 occurred near the coast of Sumatra in Indonesia, 45 km from the city of Padang. 1115 people were killed and 135,000 homes destroyed.

: 30 September

Independance Day in Botswana
September 30 is Independence Day in Botswana which celebrates its independence gained against the United Kingdom on September 30, 1966.

: 30 September

Elie Wiesel
I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

: 30 September

Jacques Necker, French politician (1732)
Jean Baptiste Perrin, French physicist, Nobel Laureate (1870)
Lewis Milestone, Russian-American director (1895)
Nevill Mott, English physicist, Nobel Prize (1905)
Michael Powell , English director (1905)
Lewis Nixon, WWII veteran, Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (1918)
Deborah Kerr, Scottish actress (1921)
Truman Capote, American writer (1924)
Elie Wiesel, Romanian-born American writer, Nobel Peace Prize (1928)
Angie Dickinson, American actress (1931)
Jean-Marie Lehn, French chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (1939)
Ian Ogilvy, English actor (1943)
Johann Deisenhofer, German chemist, Nobel laureate (1943)
Diane Dufresne, Canadian singer (1944)
Ehud Olmert, Israeli politician (1945)
Barry Marshall, Australian physician, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1951)
S. M. Stirling, American writer (1953)
Fran Drescher, American actress (1957)
Eric Stoltz, American actor and director (1961)
Monica Bellucci, Italian actress (1964)
Jenna Elfman, American actress (1971)
Shaan, Indian singer (1972)
Marion Cotillard, French actress (1975)
Martina Hingis, Swiss tennis player (1980)
Cecelia Ahern, Irish writer (1981)

Ils nous ont quitt un 30 September

Abd al-Rahman Ier, Prince Umayyad, Emir of Cordoba (788)
Georges Boulanger, French reactionary politician (1891)
James Dean, American actor (1955)
Simone Signoret, French actress (1985)
Andr Michel Lwoff, French microbiologist, Nobel Prize in Medicine (1994)
Pierre Sabbagh, French TV personality (1994)
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