Friday, September 30, 2005
1399: Henry IV becomes the first English king since the Conquest 333 years earlier to make his coronation address in English.
1882: The Appleton Edison Electric Co. opens the first U.S. hydroelectric plant, on the Fox River at Appleton, Wisconsin.
1913: Inventor Rudolf Diesel, en route to a meeting with English manufacturers interested in licensing his engine, disappears mysteriously from the S.S. Dresden at Antwerp; his body will be found floating in the river. Authorities say “suicide,” his family says “murder.”
1930: The first episode of Death Valley Days airs on NBC Radio. It’s created and written by an advertising woman who’s never seen Death Valley, but thought up the idea as a great vehicle for her client’s product, 20 Mule Team Borax.
1935: A new musical, Porgy and Bess, flops badly on its opening at Boston’s Colonial Theater.
1938: The League of Nations unanimously outlaws the intentional bombing of civilians. The rule will be honored more in the breach than in the observance.
1947: The first baseball World Series is broadcast. Gillette and Ford Motor Co. pay $65,000 for the sponsorship rights.
1953: President Eisenhower appoints California Governor Earl Warren to be Chief Justice of the United States.
1970: Actress Shirley Maclaine makes her mark on casebook history when the California Supreme Court comes down with Parker v. Twentieth Century-Fox.