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Born on this day (23rd - April)

1851 - 1898


Wilhelm Werner

1874 - 1947


Bob Burman

1884 - 1916


1932


Dick Atkins

1936 - 1966


Larry Rice

1946 - 2009


Mike Smith

1955 - 2014


Mike Ciochetti

1959


Pierluigi Martini

1961


Chris Kneifel

1961


Paul Belmondo

1963


Parnelli Jones Jr

1969


Thiago Marques

1980



Died on this day (23rd - April)

1892 - 1948


1912 - 1950


Dempsey Wilson

1927 - 1971


Alfred Ethelbert Moss

1896 - 1972



Mark Billman
Mark Billman
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UNITED STATES

Born
10 / 3 / 1905
Died
30 / 5 / 1933
Mark Billman won many races in Indiana and Ohio in the late 1920s and early 1930s. He died in a terrible crash in the 1933 Indy 500.

Mark Billman was from Indianaoplis, he had won many races in Indiana and Ohio in the late 1920s and early 1930s. He had a bad crash while racing at the Black Demon Speedway north of Terre Hautein 1929 which left him with a pronounced limp as one leg was shorter than the other.

He was killed in the 1933 Indinanapolis 500, his only start in the race. Whenhe lost control of his Kemp-Mannix Duesenberg on the seventy-ninth lap. He hit the outside wall in the southeast turn and the car came to rest astride the wall. Billman was trapped between the left front wheel and the wall and it took 20 minutes to extracate him. His injuries were terrible, his left arm had been torn off, both his legs were broken and he had suffered internally injuries. In spite of blood transfusions, he died an hour later.

His mechanic, Elmer Lombard, was thrown fifty feet however, though he suffered burns and lacerations to his legs along with internal injuries, he survived.

 

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