The 2014 Japanese Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 5
October 2014 at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Mie. It was the 15th race
of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship, and the 30th Japanese
Grand Prix of the Formula One era. The 44-lap race was won by Mercedes
driver Lewis Hamilton, increasing his lead in the World Drivers’
Championship to ten points over his teammate, Nico Rosberg, who finished
second. Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel came in third. Heavy
rain from Typhoon Phanfone soaked the track surface and reduced
visibility. Jules Bianchi lost control of his Marussia on the 43rd lap
and collided with a tractor crane that was tending to Adrian Sutil’s
car, which had spun off on the previous lap. Bianchi sustained severe
head injuries and died nine months later, the first death caused by a
Formula One race since Ayrton Senna’s in 1994. Formula One’s governing
body, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, investigated and
found that the crash had no single cause.
Today’s selected anniversaries:
Bryant’s Minstrels premiered the popular American song “Dixie”
in New York City as part of their blackface minstrel show.
American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was
assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
Governor of Arizona Evan Mecham was removed from office after
being convicted in his impeachment trial.
The current flag of Hong Kong was adopted for post-colonial use
during the Third Session of the Seventh National People’s Congress.
A building collapsed on tribal land in Mumbra, a suburb of
Thane in Maharashtra, India, causing 74 deaths.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
(transitive, sometimes humorous) To remove the vowels from, for example,
for the purpose of expurgating offensive words.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Our aim is to persuade. We adopt the means of non-violence because
our end is a community at peace with itself. We will try to persuade
with our words, but if our words fail, we will try to persuade with our
acts. We will always be willing to talk and seek fair compromise, but we
are ready to suffer when necessary and even risk our lives to become
witnesses to the truth as we see it. … But if physical death is the
price that a man must pay to free his children and his white brethren
from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing could be more
redemptive. This is the type of soul force that I am convinced will
triumph over the physical force of the oppressor.
–Martin Luther King, Jr.
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