► Today is Friday, Sept. 30, the 273d day of 2011. There are 92 days left in the year.
► Today’s birthdays: Nobel Peace laureate Elie Wiesel is 83. Actress Angie Dickinson is 80. Singer Cissy Houston is 78. Singer Johnny Mathis is 76. Actor Len Cariou is 72. Singer Marilyn McCoo is 68. Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert is 66. Pop singer Sylvia Peterson (the Chiffons) is 65. Actor Vondie Curtis-Hall is 61. Actress Victoria Tennant is 61. Actor John Finn (“Cold Case’’) is 59. Rock musician John Lombardo is 59. Singer Deborah Allen is 58. Actor Calvin Levels is 57. Actor Barry Williams is 57. Singer Patrice Rushen is 57. Actress Fran Drescher is 54. Country singer Marty Stuart is 53. Actress Debrah Farentino is 52. Rock musician Bill Rieflin (R.E.M.) is 51. Actress Crystal Bernard is 50. Actor Eric Stoltz is 50. Rapper-producer Marley Marl is 49. Country singer Eddie Montgomery (Montgomery-Gentry) is 48. Rock singer Trey Anastasio is 47. Actress Monica Bellucci is 47. Rock musician Robby Takac (Goo Goo Dolls) is 47. Actress Lisa Thornhill is 45. Actress Andrea Roth is 44. Actor Tony Hale is 41. Actress Jenna Elfman is 40. Actor Ashley Hamilton is 37. Actress Marion Cotillard is 36. Actor Stark Sands is 33. Actor Mike Damus is 32. Tennis player Martina Hingis is 31. Olympic gold medal gymnast Dominique Moceanu is 30. Actress Lacey Chabert is 29. Actor Kieran Culkin is 29. Singer-rapper T-Pain is 27.
► In 1777, the Continental Congress, forced to flee in the face of advancing British forces, moved to York, Pa.
► In 1791, Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute’’ premiered in Vienna.
► In 1809, a treaty was signed by Indiana Territory Governor William Henry Harrison and representatives of four Indian tribes under which the Indians sold some 3 million acres of land to be used for US settlements.
► 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 cosigning 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 1949, the Berlin Airlift came to an end.
► In 1954, the first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, was commissioned by the Navy.
► In 1962, black student James Meredith was escorted by federal marshals to the campus of the University of Mississippi, where he enrolled for classes the next day.
► In 1955, actor James Dean, 24, was killed in a two-car collision near Cholame, Calif.
► In 1986, the US released accused Soviet spy Gennadiy Zakharov, one day after the Soviets released American journalist Nicholas Daniloff.
► In 1988, Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev retired President Andrei A. Gromyko from the Politburo and fired other old-guard leaders in a Kremlin shake-up.
► In 2001, under threat of US military strikes, Afghanistan’s hard-line Taliban rulers said explicitly for the first time that Osama bin Laden was still in the country and that they knew where his hideout was located.