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HISTORY: On this day September 30 - October 6, 2018 (week 40) infographic

On this day September 30 - October 6, 2018

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September 30-October 6, 2018 -- Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries for each day of the week. This week feature the Munich Agreement with Adolf Hitler, Catalonia’s independence referendum, telescopes, the reunification of Germany, the Triumphal Arch in Palmyra, the movie Dr No, and the Shiite religious leader Ayatollah Khomeini.

September 30, 1938: British prime minister Neville Chamberlain declared there would be “peace in our time” after the signing of the Munich Agreement with Adolf Hitler in Germany

October 1, 2017: Catalonia held a controversial referendum on independence, leading the Spanish government to strip the region of its autonomy and impose direct rule

October 2, 1608: Dutch optician Hans Lippershey demonstrated the first telescope, having reportedly come up with the idea after seeing a child playing with two lenses

October 3, 1990: East and West Germany were formally reunited as one country after 45 years of Cold War division. This day is now celebrated as German Unity Day

October 4, 2015: Islamic State fighters destroyed the 2,000-year-old Roman era Triumphal Arch in Palmyra. They had already blown up two temples at the World Heritage Site

October 5, 1962: Dr No, the first James Bond film, opened. The movie, starring Sean Connery as Bond and Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder, the first Bond girl, grossed $60 million

October 6, 1978: Ayatollah Khomeini, the Shiite religious leader exiled from Iran for his opposition to the Shah, was granted asylum in France after being expelled from Iraq

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