Schumacher penalised for dangerous driving
1997 - Michael Schumacher lost his second place in the 1997 Formula One championship after the sport’s governing body ruled he was guilty of dangerous driving at the last Grand Prix of the season. However, the German Ferrari driver, a double world champion who finished the season runner-up to Canadian Jacques Villeneuve, was not fined or given any further sanction relating to next year’s championship. Schumacher was “on trial” for apparently deliberately driving into Villenueve’s Williams at the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez, knowing that if the Canadian were to go out of the race then he would take the drivers’ title for Ferrari. The German driver said he was very sorry for Ferrari fans and for Formula One in general for what he had done.
1889 - Washington becomes the 42nd state of the United States.
1918 - First World War ends with Germany and the Allies signing an armistice in a railroad car at Compiegne, France.
1951 - Juan Peron is elected to his second of three presidential terms in Argentina.
1965 - Ian Smith declares Rhodesian (Zimbabwe) independence.
1966 - Nasa launches its Gemini 12 manned spacecraft.
1972 - United States turns over its big base at Long Binh to South Vietnamese.
1987 - A bomb explodes in a crowded passenger terminal at Beirut International Airport, killing six people.
1992 - The Church of England votes to ordain women as priests.
1993 - At least 15 people are killed when 52 vehicles are involved in a blazing pile-up on a highway in western France.
1995 - An avalanche buries a Japanese trekking group in the Mount Everest region in Nepal, killing 26.
1996 - Guatemalan President Alvaro Arzu makes peace with a guerrilla movement, ending 36 years of fighting.
2000 - Some 170 people are killed when an inferno engulfs a funicular train in a tunnel in the Austrian Alps.
2002 - A Fokker-27 aircraft crashes into Manila Bay less than five minutes after takeoff from Pasay City, killing 16 people.
2004 - Palestinian president Yasser Arafat dies at the age of 75.
2005 - Mahinda Rajapakse is elected new President of Sri Lanka.
2008 - Mohammad Nasheed is sworn in as Maldives’ first democratically elected President.
2010 - A massive explosion rips through a security compound on a busy commercial street in Karachi, Pakistan, killing at least 15 people.
2011 - Mexican Interior Minister Blake Mora and all seven other co-riders die in a helicopter crash.
2012 - A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.8 strikes northern Myanmar, killing at least 12 people.
2014 - Dubai’s newest mode of transport, Dubai Tram, is inaugurated.
2015 - Oman’s Salalah Airport is officially inaugurated.