The 1995 Pacific Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on October 22,
1995 at the TI Circuit, Aida, Japan. It was the 15th race of the 1995
Formula One season. The race, contested over 83 laps, was won by Michael
Schumacher for the Benetton team after starting from third position. David
Coulthard, who started the Grand Prix from pole position, finished second in
a Williams car, with Damon Hill third in the other Williams. Schumacher's
win confirmed him as 1995 Drivers' Champion as Hill could not pass
Schumacher's points total with only two races remaining. Hill started the
race alongside Coulthard on the front row, amidst pressure from the British
media for not being "forceful" enough in battles. Schumacher attempted to
drive around the outside of Hill at the first corner, but Hill held
Schumacher off as Jean Alesi, driving for Ferrari got past both on the
inside line to take second position. As a result, Hill dropped down to third
and Schumacher dropped down to fifth behind Gerhard Berger. Schumacher
managed to get past Alesi and Hill during the first of three pit stops. This
allowed him, on a new set of slick tyres, to close on Coulthard who was on a
two-stop strategy. Schumacher opened up a gap of 21 seconds by lapping two
seconds faster per lap than Coulthard, so that when his third stop came, he
still led the race.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
King Ferdinand I of Portugal died without a male heir to the Portuguese
throne, resulting in a period of civil war and anarchy.
Millerites, including future members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church,
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preacher William Miller.
Pretty Boy Floyd, an American bank robber and alleged killer who was later
romanticized by the media, was gunned down by Federal Bureau of
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Cuban Missile Crisis: U.S. President John F. Kennedy announced on television
that Soviet nuclear weapons had been discovered in Cuba and that he had
ordered a naval "quarantine" of the island nation.
An expansion project to double the Panama Canal's capacity was approved by
Panamanian voters in a national referendum by a wide margin.
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