[Daily article] May 21: Brabham

Brabham was a British racing car manufacturer and Formula One racing
team. Founded in 1960 by two Australians, driver Jack Brabham and
designer Ron Tauranac, the team won four Drivers’ and two Constructors’
World Championships in its 30-year Formula One history. Jack Brabham’s
1966 Drivers’ Championship remains the only such achievement using a car
bearing the driver’s own name. In the 1960s, Brabham was the world’s
largest manufacturer of open wheel racing cars for sale to customer
teams, building more than 500 cars by 1970. During this period, teams
using Brabham cars won championships in Formula Two and Formula Three.
Brabham cars also competed in the Indianapolis 500 and in Formula 5000
racing. The team won two more Formula One Drivers’ Championships in the
1980s with Brazilian Nelson Piquet. Bernie Ecclestone owned Brabham
during most of the 1970s and 1980s. Its last owner was the Middlebridge
Group, a Japanese engineering firm. Midway through the 1992 season, the
team collapsed financially, and was investigated by the Serious Fraud

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Arab–Byzantine wars: The city of Syracuse was captured by the
Aghlabids, completing the Muslim conquest of Sicily.


John III Sobieski, elected by the szlachta, became the monarch
of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.


The Imperial War Graves Commission was established through
royal charter to mark, record and maintain the graves and places of
commemoration of Commonwealth of Nations military forces.


Aboard the Spirit of St. Louis, American aviator Charles
Lindbergh completed the first solo non-stop transatlantic flight, flying
from Roosevelt Field near New York City to Paris–Le Bourget Airport.


Algerian Civil War: The remains of seven French Trappist monks
who had been kidnapped in Algeria nearly two months earlier were found.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

smudge attack:
(computing) A method used to crack the password of a touchscreen device
by analysing the oily smears left on the device’s screen by the user’s

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  In the United States of America, satire is protected speech, even
if the object of the satire doesn’t get it.  
–Al Franken

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