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10th September

1771 * Mungo Park, Scottish explorer of the Niger in Africa.

1929 * Arnold Palmer, legendary US champion golfer.

1939 Canada declared war on Germany, entering WW2.

1939 * David Hamilton, British disc jockey and television presenter.

1942 The RAF dropped 100,000 bombs on Dusseldorf, Germany in a single raid.

1957 * Siobhan Fahey, Irish pop singer.

1962 Australian Rod Laver won the US Tennis Championships completing the Grand Slam.

1963 American Express, one of the world's largest banking houses, opened a credit card service in Britain.

1973 Scotland Yard is hunting a teenage suspect after bombs at King's Cross and Euston stations brought chaos to central London.

1981 Picasso's painting Guernica returned to Spain after spending 40 years in the USA.

1988 winning the US Open women's final, Steffi Graf achieved tennis' first Grand Slam since Margaret Court in 1970.

1989 Hungary opened its border to the West.

2000 One British paratrooper was killed and 11 injured during a bold mission to rescue six hostages being held in the Sierra Leonean jungle.

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