Kimi Räikkönen Birthday, Date of Birth

Kimi Räikkönen

Kimi-Matias Räikkönen (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈkimi ˈmɑtiɑs ˈræikːønen]; born 17 October 1979), nicknamed "Iceman", is a Finnish racing driver currently driving in Formula One for Alfa Romeo Racing. He won the 2007 Formula One World Championship in his first season at Scuderia Ferrari. After nine seasons racing in Formula One he left the sport to compete in the World Rally Championship in 2010 and 2011, returning to Formula One from 2012. In addition to this title, Räikkönen also finished second overall in 2003 and 2005, and third in 2008, 2012 and 2018. Räikkönen has won 21 Grands Prix, making him the most successful Finnish driver in terms of Formula One race wins. He is the only driver to take a race win in the V10, V8 and the hybrid V6 engine eras.

Räikkönen entered Formula One as a regular driver for Sauber-Petronas in 2001, having competed in only 23 car races previously. He joined McLaren Mercedes in 2002, and became a title contender by finishing runner-up in the championship to Michael Schumacher in 2003, and Fernando Alonso in 2005. Räikkönen's 2002, 2004 and 2006 seasons were plagued by severe unreliability from his McLaren cars, prompting a move to Ferrari in 2007. This change saw him crowned Formula One World Drivers' Champion that season, pipping both McLaren drivers–Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso–to the title by just one point. In 2008 he equalled the record for the greatest number of fastest laps in a season for the second time.

Räikkönen left both Scuderia Ferrari and the sport after the 2009 season, his sole victory that year having come in that season's Belgian Grand Prix due to driving an uncompetitive Ferrari F60. On his return to Formula One, Räikkönen drove for Lotus in 2012 and 2013, scoring the team's only victories. On 11 September 2013, Ferrari announced his re-signing on a two-year contract, beginning in the 2014 season. This contract was subsequently extended until the end of the 2018 season. Räikkönen then scored 26 podiums and two pole positions, but endured more than four winless years after rejoining Ferrari before winning the 2018 United States Grand Prix, after 113 Grands Prix and nine years since his last Ferrari victory from his first stint with the team. In spite of the long winless streak, Räikkönen finished among the top four overall in the championship on multiple occasions during his second Ferrari stint. Räikkönen finished his total eight-year long Ferrari career with a third place in the 2018 championship.

In September 2018 Ferrari announced that Räikkönen would leave at the end of the season, followed shortly by an announcement from Ferrari-affiliated Sauber Alfa Romeo stating that Räikkönen had been signed on a two-year contract for 2019 and 2020, with Sauber's rookie Charles Leclerc switching to Ferrari in his place.

In the World Rally Championship, Räikkönen drove a Citroën C4 WRC for the Citroën Junior Team in 2010, and a Citroën DS3 WRC for ICE 1 Racing in 2011. His stint in the WRC saw him beat some more experienced rally drivers with a best result of fifth, a stage win and 10th in the championship in both seasons. Concurrently, Räikkönen also competed in NASCAR, and made his debut for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series.

Forbes magazine listed Räikkönen 36th in their 2008 'Celebrity 100' as the 26th highest paid celebrity and fifth highest paid sportsman. The same list in 2009 recorded him as the second highest-paid athlete.

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Birthday, Date of Birth
Wednesday, October 17, 1979
Place of Birth
Espoo
Age
41
Star Sign

The October 17, 1979 was a Wednesday under the star sign of . It was the 289 day of the year. President of the United States was Jimmy Carter.

If you were born on this day, you are 41 years old. Your last birthday was on the Saturday, October 17, 2020, 10 days ago. Your next birthday is on Sunday, October 17, 2021, in 354 days. You have lived for 14,986 days, or about 359,675 hours, or about 21,580,540 minutes, or about 1,294,832,413 seconds.

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17th of October 1979 News

News as it appeared on the front page of the New York Times on October 17, 1979

Headline in The Post Quoting an Irish Slur Brings a Halt in Work; Press Run Is Unaffected

Date: 18 October 1979

By DAMON STETSON

Damon STETSON

Predominantly Irish paper handlers at NY Post stage 3-hour work stoppage after paper publishes alleged statement by Princess Margaret that Irish are 'Pigs' (M)

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Utah's Press Brouhaha on Elections at a Stand-Off; One Newspaper in Compliance

Date: 17 October 1979

By MOLLY IVINS

Molly IVINS

Article on controversy, Washington County, Utah, over order by County Prosecutor Paul Graf that 3 newspapers (Washington County News, Color Country Spectrum, Common Sense) refrain from covering upcoming local elections until voting is over; publications apparently violated 1917 statute that requires filing statement of ownership with State Sec 90 days before election; have declared intent to 'publish and be damned'; editors Jim Mountford, Daniel J Croft and Robert Lehigh comment (M)

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Times of London Talks Collapse; Closure of Papers Looks Imminent; Hope for Revival

Date: 18 October 1979

Special to The New York Times

last-ditch negotiations to save Times and Sunday Times of London collapse; permanent demise of both publications seen imminent; Les Dixon, president of National Graphical Assn, comments (M)

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Show of Force by U.S. Put Off for Television

Date: 17 October 1979

US Joint Chiefs of Staff delays scheduled beach assault at Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in part to provide more light for TV crews; Pres Carter ordered maneuver as show of force in response to presence of Soviet troops in Cuba (S)

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PAKISTAN PRESIDENT CALLS OFF ELECTIONS; General Zia Bans Political Activity, Outlaws Strikes and Imposes Strict Press Censorship Upholds Martial Law

Date: 17 October 1979

Pakistani Pres Mohammed Zia ul-Haq imposes strict press censorship after calling off scheduled elections (S)

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Brennan Protests Criticism by Press

Date: 18 October 1979

By WALTER H. WAGGONER Special to The New York Times

Walter WAGGONER

Supreme Court Assoc Justice William J Brennan Jr scores nation's press for overreacting to some of court's decisions involving First Amendment guarantees of free press, speech, S I Newhouse Center for Law and Justice, Rutgers Univ; says present attitudes of press suggest complete absence of shared enterprise in which functions of Court and press complement each other; cites some editorial criticisms of Court decisions (M)

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News Summary; International National Metropolitan

Date: 17 October 1979

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William Arthur Lewis; Men in the News

Date: 17 October 1979

By JEFF GERTH

Jeff GERTH

biog sketch of Lewis (M)

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News Summary; International National Metropolitan

Date: 18 October 1979

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COMPANY NEWS; Shell in Agreement To Buy Belridge Oil

Date: 17 October 1979

agrees in principle for James River Corporation to purchase assets of company's Berlin, NH, pulp mill for $130 million in cash and $40 million in convertible preferred stock; James River would assume about $46 million of debt related to assets and other liabilities (S)

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