The Sunday Times Golden Globe Race was a non-stop, single-handed,
round-the-world yacht race, held in 1968–1969. It was the first
round-the-world yacht race in any format. The Golden Globe Race was
sponsored by the British Sunday Times newspaper and was designed to
capitalise on a number of individual round-the-world voyages which
were already being planned by various sailors; for this reason, there
were no qualification requirements, and competitors were permitted to
start at any time between June 1 and October 31 1968. Nine sailors
started the race; four retired before leaving the Atlantic Ocean. Of
the five remaining, Chay Blyth, who had set off with absolutely no
sailing experience, sailed past the Cape of Good Hope before
Nigel Tetley sank as he approached the finishing line, Donald
Crowhurst, who attempted to fake a round-the-world voyage, went
and then committed suicide, and Bernard Moitessier, who rejected the
philosophy behind a commercialised competition, abandoned the race
while in a strong position to win, kept sailing non-stop, and stopped
in Tahiti after circling the globe one and a half times. Only one of
the nine sailors finished the race: Robin Knox-Johnston became the
first person to sail single-handed and non-stop around the world.
Knox-Johnston was awarded both prizes and later donated the £5,000 to
a fund supporting Crowhurst's family.
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Abrittus and kill both Roman Emperors, Decius and his son and
co-emperor Herennius Etruscus.
Canada Day: The Province of Canada, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia
united in Confederation.
The first Olympic Games in North America opened in St. Louis,
The first day on the Somme, the bloodiest day in the history of the
The Warsaw Pact was officially dissolved.
The sovereignty of the British crown colony of Hong Kong was
transferred to the People's Republic of China, to be governed as a
special administrative region under the policy of "One country, two
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