The discussion over the best Formula One driver of all-time has to start and end with the German.
Turning 48 on January 3, Schumacher enjoyed a trophy-laden career in Formula One, breaking numerous records and winning multiple championships.
He won two titles with Benetton in 1994 and 1995 before leaving for Ferrari and adding to his haul with a run of five straight championships from 2000 to 2004.
Along with his seven titles, Schumacher is F1’s all-time leader in race victories (91), fastest laps (77), pole positions (68) and most races won in a single season (13 in 2004).
He’s also the only driver to finish in the top three in every race of a season and holds the mark for most consecutive podium finishes with 19.
Schumacher unfortunately suffered a severe head injury while skiing in December 2013, from which he is still recovering.
We continue to wish the German ace all the best with his recovery.
Here are the other sport stars born on this day:
1939: Bobby Hull, Canadian former NHL player who is in the Hockey Hall of Fame (78).
1967: Magnus Gustafsson, Swedish retired tennis player who reached a career-high singles ranking of No10 (50).
1981: Eli Manning, American NFL quarterback for the New York Giants and two-time Super Bowl winner (36).
1992: Doug McDermott, American NBA player for the Chicago Bulls and 2014 NCAA scoring champion (25).
2-14 MOTORSPORT: Dakar Rally, Paraguay, Bolivia, Argentina
7 NFL: Playoffs start
13 MOTORSPORT: Dubai 24H
14-Feb 5 FOOTBALL: African Cup of Nations, Gabon
15-22 CRICKET: India v England, ODI series
20 MARATHON: Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon
16-29 TENNIS: Australian Open, Melbourne
19-22 GOLF: Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
20 MOTORSPORT: Start of WRC season, Monte Carlo
26-Feb 1 CRICKET: India v England, T20I series
28 BOXING: Frampton v Santa Cruz, Las Vegas
2-5 GOLF: Dubai Desert Classic
3-6 CYCLING: Dubai Tour
4-Mar 18 RUGBY UNION: Six Nations
5: NFL Super Bowl, Houston
7-Mar 7 CRICKET: Pakistan Super League
23-26 CYCLING: Abu Dhabi Tour
23-Mar 28 CRICKET: India v Australia, Test series
26 FOOTBALL: English League Cup final, London
20-Mar 3 TENNIS: Dubai Duty Free
2 RUGBY LEAGUE: NRL season starts
3-4 TRIATHLON: Abu Dhabi triathlon
4 BOXING: Haye v Bellew, London/Garcia v Thurman, New York
23 AUSSIE RULES: AFL season starts
25 RACING: Dubai World Cup
26 MOTORSPORT: Start of new F1 season, Melbourne
26 MOTORSPORT: Start of new MotoGP season, Qatar
2 MLB: Start of new season
5-May 21 CRICKET: Indian Premier League
6-9 GOLF: Masters
8 RACING: Grand National
12-16 CYCLING: UCI World Track Championships, Hong Kong
12 NHL: Start of playoffs
15 NBA: Start of playoffs
27 NFL: Draft
29 BOXING: Klitschko v Joshua, London
5-28 CYCLING: Giro d’Italia
5-9 SQUASH: PSA World Series finals, Dubai
6 RACING: Kentucky Derby
13 RUGBY UNION: European Champions Cup final, Edinburgh
20 RACING: Preakness Stakes
21 CRICKET: IPL Final
24-29 CRICKET: England v South Africa, ODI series
24 FOOTBALL: Europa League final, Stockholm
27 FOOTBALL: FA Cup final, Wembley
28-Jun 11 TENNIS: French Open, Paris
1 NBA: Start of Finals
1-18 CRICKET: Champions Trophy, England and Wales
3 FOOTBALL: Champions League final, Cardiff
10 RACING: Belmont Stakes
15-18 GOLF: US Open, Wisconsin
17-18 MOTORSPORT: 24 Hours of Le Mans
17-27 SAILING: America’s Cup, Bermuda
17-Jul 2 FOOTBALL: Confederations Cup, Russia
22 NBA: Draft
24: RUGBY UNION: First British & Irish Lions Test v New Zealand, Auckland
26-Jul 23 CRICKET: Women’s World Cup, England
1-23: CYCLING: Tour de France
1: RUGBY UNION: Second British & Irish Lions Test v New Zealand, Wellington
3-16: TENNIS: Wimbledon
6-Aug 8: CRICKET: England v South Africa Test series
8: RUGBY UNION: Third British & Irish Lions Test v New Zealand, Auckland
9: RUGBY UNION: Women’s World Cup, Ireland
16: FOOTBALL: Women’s Euro 2017, Netherlands
20-23: GOLF: Open Championship, Royal Birkdale
4-13: ATHLETICS: World Championships, London
10-13: GOLF: PGA Championship, Quail Hollow
17-Sep 7: CRICKET: England v West Indies, Test series
18-20: GOLF: Solheim Cup, Des Moines
19-Sep 10: CYCLING: Vuelta a Espana
21-27: BADMINTON: World Championships, Glasgow
28-Sep 10: TENNIS: US Open
17-24: CYCLING: World Road Race Championships, Bergen, Norway
28-Oct 1: GOLF: President’s Cup, New Jersey
30: AUSSIE RULES: AFL Grand Final
1: RACING: Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
23-29: TENNIS: WTA Finals, Singapore
24: BASEBALL: World Series starts
27-Dec 2: RUGBY LEAGUE: World Cup, Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea
7: RACING: Melbourne Cup
13: TENNIS: ATP World Tour Finals, London
16-19: GOLF: DP World Tour Championship
23-27: CRICKET: First Ashes Test, Brisbane
24-26: TENNIS: Davis Cup final
26: MOTORSPORT: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
1-2: RUGBY: Dubai Sevens (TBC)
2: CRICKET: Second Ashes Test, Adelaide
6-16: FOOTBALL: Club World Cup, UAE
13-17: BADMINTON: World Superseries Finals, Dubai
14: CRICKET: Third Ashes Test, Perth
26: CRICKET: Fourth Ashes Test, Melbourne
26: RACING: King George V, Aintree
One of the greatest cricketers of all time began his journey on this day against India at Sydney.
However, it was not the best of starts. After Australia made 313 in the first innings, India went after the hosts.
Opener Ravi Shastri hit a majestic double century while Sachin Tendulkar missed his 150 by two runs.
Warne had a forgettable outing, going for 150 runs from 45 overs and picking up just one wicket. The match ended in a draw but greater rewards awaited Warne.
The leg-spinner ended up as the second most successful bowler of all time, picking up 708 scalps, and was an important member of the all-conquering Australian side of the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Other memorable events that took place on this day
1879: Australian fast bowler Fred Spofforth takes the first hat-trick in Test cricket, against England in Melbourne.
1966: Green Bay Packers beat Cleveland Browns 23-12 in the NFL championship game. It was the last one played before the Super Bowl era.
1986: New York Islanders right wing Mike Bossy becomes quickest NHL player to 500 goals.