September 4 – On this day: 83 years since the bombing of Wilhelmshaven in World War II

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Elsewhere, we said Germany had returned to its “barbarism of 1914-1918” after a U-boat targeted the liner Athenia in the Atlantic, with 117 lives lost. Britain had earlier declared war on Nazi Germany following its invasion of Poland on September 3.

62 years ago (1960) US boxer Cassius Clay, later Muhammad Ali, won the gold medal in the 175lbs division at the Olympic Games in Rome. It marked the start of a professional career that saw him become one of the sport’s most legendary competitors and arguably the world’s most famous sports personalities.

25 years ago (1997) Mother Teresa died in Calcutta, India, at the age of 87. The Albanian-born nun founded her mission to help the poor in 1948 and in 1979 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her charitable work. Her global charity encompassed 4,000 sisters covering orphanages, Aids hospices and charity centres.

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