The 2008 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on May 25,
2008 at the Circuit de Monaco; contested over 76 laps, it was the sixth
race of the 2008 Formula One season. The race was won by the season's
eventual Drivers' Champion, Lewis Hamilton, for the McLaren team. BMW
Sauber driver Robert Kubica finished second, and Felipe Massa, who
started from pole position, was third in a Ferrari. Conditions were wet
at the start of the race. Massa maintained his lead into the first
corner, but his teammate Kimi Räikkönen was passed for second by
Hamilton, who had started in third position on the grid. Hamilton
suffered a punctured tyre on lap six, forcing him to make a pit stop
from which he re-entered the race in fifth place. As the track dried
and his rivals made their own pit stops Hamilton became the race
leader, a position he held until the end of the race. Kubica's strategy
allowed him to pass Massa during their second pit stops, after the
latter's Ferrari was forced to change from wet to dry tyres. Räikkönen
dropped back from fifth position to ninth after colliding with Adrian
Sutil's Force India late in the race. The race was Hamilton's second
win of the season, his first in Monaco, and the result meant that he
led the Drivers' Championship, seven points ahead of Räikkönen and
eight ahead of Massa.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
John IV was declared King of Portugal, resulting in the Portuguese
Restoration War with Spain.
Pedro I was crowned the first Emperor of Brazil, less than two months
after he actually began his reign on October 12.
African-American Civil Rights Movement: Seamstress Rosa Parks was
arrested for violating the racial segregation laws of Montgomery,
Alabama, after refusing to give up her seat on a public bus to a white
man, precipitating the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Twelve countries signed the Antarctic Treaty, the first arms control
agreement established during the Cold War, banning military activity in
Antarctica and setting the continent aside as a scientific preserve.
Channel Tunnel workers from the United Kingdom and France met 40 metres
(131 ft) beneath the English Channel seabed.
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and misery, and suffering, and unhappiness — and it's all over much too
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