August 19, 2001: Schumacher grabs fourth world title

Shumacher grabs fourth world title

Michael Schumacher sealed his place among the greats of Formula One after winning his fourth world drivers’ crown by leading a Ferrari victory procession at the Hungarian Grand Prix. The German led from start to finish, with the exception of two pit stops, for a record-equalling 51st career victory. Brazilian team mate Rubens Barrichello was next home and the one-two finish ensured Ferrari their third constructors’ title in a row with four races to spare this season. Britain’s David Coulthard, whose title hopes had hung by the slimmest of threads, finished third for McLaren. The German 32-year-old was in tears on the victory podium as Todt hugged both his champagne drenched drivers. A delighted Schumacher — Ferrari’s first back-to-back title winner since the late Italian Alberto Ascari in 1953 — stood on his car to receive the acclamation of the crowd in the pits. He then hugged Barrichello while Coulthard doused him with water.

Other important events

1919 – Afghanistan declares independence from the UK.

1953 – Iran’s nationalist government collapses following a military coup.

1955 – Severe flooding in America’s north-east caused by Hurricane Diane claims 200 lives.

1966 – More than 500 people die in earthquake in eastern Turkey.

1974 – US Ambassador Rodger P. Davies is shot and killed at the US embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus.

1981 – The heads of state of Libya, Ethiopia and South Yemen sign a treaty of friendship and cooperation.

1982 – Svetlana Savitskaya becomes the second Russian woman to go to space when she is launched with two crewmates aboard a Soyuz T-7 spacecraft.

1988 – Hundreds of UN observers deploy along Iran-Iraq warfront on the eve of a ceasefire, the first step towards ending nearly eight years of bloodshed.

1989 – President Wojciech Jaruzelski proposes Solidarity editor Tadeusz Mazowiecki as Poland’s next Prime Minister after 45 years of Communist rule.

1991 – Communist hardliners stage coup against Soviet president Mikhail S. Gorbachev.

1994 – Chandrika Kumaratunga is sworn in as Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister.

1996 – Philippines President Fidel Valdez Ramos and a rebel leader announce a settlement of the 26-year Muslim secessionist rebellion.

2000 – Nine runaway train cars, six carrying liquefied gas, derail at a station south of Nairobi, igniting a fireball that kills 16 people.

2002 – Palestinian fighter Abu Nidal is found dead in his Baghdad home.

2003 – A massive car bomb destroys the UN headquarters in Baghdad, killing Sergio Vieira de Mello, the top UN envoy in Iraq, and at least 16 others.

2005 – Pierre Nkurunziza, a former Hutu rebel leader is elected Burundi’s president

2007 – Gaza’s main power plant is forced to shut down, causing a massive blackout.

2008 – Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa dies at the age of 59.

2009 – The world celebrates the inaugural World Humanitarian Day.

2013 – At least 28 people are killed when an Indian express train ploughs into a crowd of pilgrims crossing the tracks of a railway station in the eastern state of Bihar.