On this day, in 1960, Ayrton Senna was born

epa04186850 A man takes a picture of a poster depicting late Brazilian Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna at the Imola race track, Italy, 30 April 2014. Senna died on 01 May 1994, when he crashed his Williams into a concrete wall at the Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit in Imola. He was 34 at the time. EPA/GIORGIO BENVENUTI

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Widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time, Senna won three Formula One world championships for McLaren in 1988, 1990 and 1991, as well as a slew of other victories in various races.

His death during a race in 1994 led to widespread global mourning and was considered by many Brazilians to be a national tragedy. Almost three million people gathered in São Paulo during his funeral, the largest gathering of mourners in modern times.

Via On This Day 

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