Tom Pryce (1949–1977) was a Welsh racing driver. He is the only Welsh
driver to have won a Formula One race (the Brands Hatch Race of
Champions, a non-championship race, in 1975) or to have led a Formula
One World Championship Grand Prix (two laps of the 1975 British Grand
Prix). Pryce started his career in Formula One with the small Token
team, making his only start for them at the 1974 Belgian Grand Prix.
Shortly after an impressive performance at the Formula Three support
race for the 1974 Monaco Grand Prix, Pryce joined the Shadow team and
scored his first points in Germany in only his fourth race. Pryce
(pictured during the 1975 United States Grand Prix) later claimed two
podium finishes: the first in Austria in 1975 and the second in Brazil a
year later. Pryce was considered by his team as a great wet weather
driver, and was the fastest driver in the wet conditions of the practice
session for the 1977 South African Grand Prix, his final race. During
the race, he collided at high speed with a safety marshal, Frederik
Jansen van Vuuren, and both men were killed. A memorial to Pryce was
unveiled in 2009 in his home town of Ruthin.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Pryce>
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In the Philippines, Philip II of Spain recognized the right to
govern of the Principalía, the local nobles and chieftains who had
converted to Roman Catholicism.
The Second Continental Congress appointed Thomas Jefferson,
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to the Committee of Five to draft a declaration of independence for
Britain's Thirteen Colonies.
Alexander was crowned King of Greece, succeeding his father
Constantine, who had abdicated.
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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologised to the First
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