On This Day

What Happened on May 26, 1923

Historical Events

  • Inaugural 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race for cars starts through public roads around Le Mans, France; inaugural winners: André Lagache and René Léonard (France) for Chenard & Walcker
  • Socialist Workers Youth International forms in Hamburg

Famous Birthdays

  • Horst Tappert, German director, actor and former SS member (Derrick), born in Elberfeld, Germany (d. 2008)
  • James Arness, American actor (Gunsmoke, How the West Was Won), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2011)
  • Oren Lee Staley, 1st President of the National Farmers Organization (1955-79), born in Whitesville, Missouri (d. 1988)
  • Roy Dotrice, British actor (A Moon for the Misbegotten, Amadeus) and narrator (A Song of Ice and Fire), born in Guernsey, Channel Islands (d. 2017)
1923 Highlights

About May 26, 1923

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 97 years, 6 months and 9 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Gemini