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1942

Allies raid Dieppe

On this day in World War II, an Allied force of 7,000 men carries out a daytime raid against German positions at the French seaport of Dieppe. Aided by tanks and aircraft, the commando force, 5,000 Canadians, 2,000 British soldiers, and a handful of American and Free French troops, gained a foothold on the beach in the face of a furious German defence. During nine hours of fighting, the Allies ... Read more >

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1987

Nico Hülkenberg is born

The Hulk With the Umlauts As it’s Friday, we always prefer to turn our sights to all things fast and fanciful. And you can’t get much more rapid and hunky than the man dubbed ‘The Very Quick German’ (by me) Nico Hülkenberg. It was on this day in 1987 that the Formula 1 wunderkind entered the world with a certain amount of assumed rapidity.

He soon became a rather nifty karting r... Read more >