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On This Day in History - 10th July

Birthdays

1509John Calvin, French religious reformer
1871Marcel Proust, French psychological novelist
1895Carl Orff, German composer
1943Arthur Ashe, American tennis player
1945Virginia Wade, Tennis player
1945John Motson, Television sport commentator
1947Arlo Guthrie, American singer

Events

1900The Paris underground railway, the Metro, was opened
1958Britain's first parking meters were installed in London
1962Telstar, the first private communications satellite, was launched
1971The United States lifted a 21 year trade ban with China
1976An explosion at a plant in Seveso, near Milan, released poisonous fumes
1981There were riots in several British cities
1985Explosions sunk the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior in Auckland harbour
1986Israeli helicopters bombed Palestinian camps