September 30 has never seemed to be very important to me. I live in the south, and though fall officially begins September 23, we don’t notice it for at least another month. September is more like a northern summer here.
Since September 30 seems to be a particularly blah day, I decided to see if anything important had ever happened on that date. If you’re interested, History Orb has a huge list, most of which are events I’d rather forget.
However, there were a few September 30 happenings that illustrate just how much life has changed in the past 168 years.
1846 – Anesthetic ether was used for 1st time by American dentist Dr. William Morton who extracted a tooth.
1939 – A college football game was televised for the first time. (Fordham vs Waynesburg at NYC)
1950 – Radio’s “Grand Ole Opry” was broadcast on TV.
1960 – The Flintstones premieres (first prime time animation show)
1962 – KCRL TV channel 4 in Reno, NV (NBC) begins broadcasting
1988 – IBM announces shipment of 3 millionth PS/2 personal computer.
1993 – MS Dos 6.2 was released.
1994 – Space shuttle STS-68 (Endeavour 7), launches into orbit
2004 – The first images of a live giant squid in its natural habitat are taken 600 miles south of Tokyo.
I’m most thankful for that first one. I would never have any dental work done without anesthetic, so Dr. William Morton has my undying gratitude.
The item which caught my fancy the most was the last one. A live giant squid was photographed for the first time.
That, of course, was followed fewer than ten years later by a live giant squid sighting hoax in California.
If we can be so easily fooled by a photoshopped picture, what else might we be missing?
Next, I’m going to hear that the Flintstones were never the modern Stone Age family from the town of Bedrock.
I really do believe in Area 51 and the Roswell UFO incident. Something is out there.
I can’t take much more reality. That’s why I write fiction.