1941: German WRC veteran Achim Warmbold as born. He won Rally Poland for Fiat in 1973, the first season of the WRC, and gave BMW its first victory by winning in Austria later that year.
1993: Welshman Nicky Grist, Britain’s most successful WRC co-driver, took his first win – alongside Juha Kankkunen in the Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD – at Rally Argentina. The crew beat the Ford Escort RS Cosworth of Miki Biaision by just under two minutes.
1995: Five-time World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio, a man regarded by many as the greatest driver of all time, died, aged 84. The Argentinian won 24 of the 51 races he contested between 1950 and 1958, taking the title in 1951 for Alfa Romeo, 1954 for Maserati and Mercedes, 1955 for Mercedes, 1956 for Lancia-Ferrari and 1957 for Maserati.
2015: French Grand Prix driver Jules Bianchi finally succumbed to the injuries he sustained in a collision with a recovery vehicle during the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix the previous October. He raced in 34 GPs for Marussia, taking a best result of ninth in the Monaco GP of 2014.