1945: Japanese racer Masahiro Hasemi was born. He contested one GP – his home event at Fuji in 1976, which was best known as the title decider between James Hunt and Niki Lauda. According to some sources he set the fastest lap of the race in his Kojima-Cosworth, en route to 11th and last of the classified finishers, although officially Jacques Laffite is credited with the record.
1966: John Surtees made sure of the inaugural Can-Am title by winning the season-closing Stardust Grand Prix in Las Vegas in his self-run Lola T70 Spyder. The 1964 F1 World Champion beat the McLaren M1B of Bruce McLaren and fellow Lola driver Dan Gurney.
1982: Ayrton Senna made a winning debut in Formula 3 in a non-championship race at Thruxton. The Brazilian FF2000 champion used the event as a warm-up for 1983, during which he would take 12 wins from the 20 rounds, and the title, in a West Surrey Racing Ralt-Toyota.
1988: The final GP for turbocharged cars (until 2014, anyway) took place in Australia and was won by Alain Prost in the dominant McLaren-Honda MP4/4. The Frenchman beat his team-mate Ayrton Senna, who’d won the title in the previous race in Japan, by more than half a minute. Third went to the Lotus-Honda of Nelson Piquet.
1991: The first WRC-qualifying Catalunya Rally was won by German Toyota driver Armin Schwarz. His Celica GT-4 defeated the Lancia Delta Integrale of World Champion Juha Kankkunen by 1m33s and François Delecour’s Ford Sierra Bosworth 4x4.
1994: Nigel Mansell took his 31st and final GP win – for Williams in Australia. Behind the Englishman, the title was decided in Michael Schumacher’s favour when the Benetton driver collided with Damon Hill’s Williams. Second eventually went to Gerhard Berger’s Ferrari, with Martin Brundle securing third in his final drive for McLaren.