Tuesday, December 6, 2022

On This Day :: September 30

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1938 – After signing the Munich agreement with Adolf Hitler in Germany, Neville Chamberlain returned to Britain and declared that there would be “peace with honour, peace for our time”.

1949 – The Berlin Airlift, under which the United States kept West Berlin supplied despite a Soviet blockade, came to an end after 277,264 flights.

1955 – James Dean, American actor, died in a car crash in California, aged 24. Although he made only three major films, “Rebel Without a Cause”, “East of Eden” and “Giant”, he became a major teenage cult figure.

1966 – German war criminals Albert Speer and Baldur von Schirach were freed at midnight from Berlin’s Spandau prison after serving 20 years.

2004 – Russia approved the Kyoto Protocol, clearing the way to bring the climate change treaty into force.

2005 – After 85 days in jail for refusing to name her source, New York Times reporter Judith Miller testified about talks with Lewis “Scooter” Libby, a top aide to U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, to a grand jury probing who leaked the name of a CIA operative.

2005 – Sky divers set world record with 151 participants jumping into formation in California.

2006 – The U.S. withdrew its last 30 military personnel from Iceland as it shut its Keflavik naval air base that in its Cold War heyday was the sixth largest town in the island nation.

2008 – At least 147 people died in a stampede at a temple in the Indian desert state of Rajasthan as Hindus gathered to begin one of the most important religious festivals of the year.

2008 – Singapore veteran opposition politician J.B. Jeyaretnam, who was the first opposition politician to break Singapore’s ruling party’s monopoly in parliament, died.

2014 – World’s largest pillow fight record set in California.

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