TODAY IN HISTORY
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.
ON THIS DATE
The Continental Congress — forced to flee in the face of advancing British forces — moved to York, Pennsylvania.
Boston dentist William Morton used ether as an anesthetic for the first time as he extracted an ulcerated tooth from merchant Eben Frost.
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).
Actor James Dean, 24, was killed in a twocar collision near Cholame, California.