1950: The Formula 1 World Championship was born when 21 cars took the start for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The works Alfa Romeo 158s took 1-2-3-4 on the grid, with Giuseppe Farina leading team-mates Luigi Fagioli, Juan Manuel Fangio and Englishman Reg Parnell. The 1.5-litre supercharged eight-cylinder Italian machines swept to a 1-2-3 in the race, Farina heading Fagioli and Parnell. Fangio’s car retired with an oil leak. The fourth-placed car, Frenchman Yves Giraud-Cabantous’ Talbot-Lago, was two laps adrift.
1956: Stirling Moss took the first of three Monaco GP wins, his Maserati 250F coming home ahead of the Lancia-Ferrari D50 shared by Peter Collins and Juan Manuel Fangio and another 250F driven by Jean Behra.
1994: British sportscar ace Duncan Hamilton died, aged 74. He won the Le Mans 24 Hours for Jaguar in 1953, the C-type he shared with Tony Rolt averaging more than 100mph. He also finished second a year later in the British marque’s D-type.