On This Day 13 July

By TheBoldAge. Published 2020-07-13
In 1814 the Carabinieri were founded in Italy; in 1937 Krispy Kreme was founded and in 1940 Patrick Stewart was born (incidentally in 2305 Jean-Luc Picard will be born); the first AI conference took place in 1956. Read about Tom Simpson who died in 1967 and was one of the UK's most successful cyclists

13th of July, 1967 at Mont Ventoux is where Tom Simpson collapsed and died

Thomas Simpson was born in 1937 in County Durham and began cycling during his teenage years. He started with road cycling and joined the Harworth Cycling Club when he was 13 (his family moved there from County Durham in 1950). He proved successful in my time trials going on to win the National Cyclists' Union pursuit track in 1955. His passion for cycling led him to reach out to celebrated cyclists such as George Berger who provided him with support and guidance in his riding skills.

He went on to track cycling and in 1956 participated in the Melbourne Summer Olympics where with his team they took bronze. Feeling that he would be better served by being on continental Europe he moved to France in 1959 with £100 and 2 bikes. In July of 1959 he rode in the Tour de l'Ouest which was his first professional race in which he took 14th place overall. In 1960, at the age of 22, he participated in the Tour de France with the British team. He took 29th place overall. In 1962 after getting the yellow jersey at stage 12 he suffered some setbacks and finished 6th place.

In 1967, his 8th year as a professional, he aimed to finish the Tour de France in the top 3 and wear the yellow jersey again. This was to be the race that would allow him to retire. The race didn't go to plan as he fill sick as he was crossing the Col du Galibier; he was still in 7th place overall though. It was on stage 13 which starts in Marseille and finishes in Carpentras that Simpson started to lose control of his bike and fell off as he approached the summit. He was determined to go on despite being warned not to and eventually lost consciousness and collapsed. He was taken by helicopter to hospital in Avignon and pronounced dead at 5.40pm.

The official cause of death was heart failure due to exhaustion, however it was discovered that he had taken amphetamines resulting in him pushing beyond his limits and contributing to his death. A memorial has been erected where he collapsed on Ventoux which has become a site of pilgrimage.


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Other events on this day:

  • 1814: Carabinieri (national police of Italy) founded
  • 1937: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts founded
  • 1940: Patrick Stewart was born; on the same day in 2305 Jean-Luc Picard will be born
  • 1939: Frank Sinatra recorded his first single - From the Bottom of my Heart
  • 1956: first conference on artificial intelligence held (Dartmouth workshop)
  • 1967: Tom Simpson died
  • 1985: Live Aid concerts held in London and Philadelphia, raised over $70m for famine relief
  • 2016: David Cameron resigned
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