Le Mans in History

Motor Races: Indianapolis 500

Events in Sport

  • 1906-06-26 Hongar Szisz wins 1st Grand-Prix (Le Mans, France)
  • 1923-05-26 1st Le Mans Grand Prix d'Endurance is run
  • 1955-06-11 Le Mans race car accident kills 83 spectators (race continues)
  • 1955-06-13 Mercedes racing car kills 77 at Le Mans, France

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1967-06-11 A. J. Foyt and Dan Gurney drive a Ford to victory in Le Mans

Racing Car Driver A. J. Foyt
Racing Car Driver
A. J. Foyt
  • 1991-06-23 Mazda becomes 1st Japanese car to capture Le Mans 24 hour race

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1319-04-16 John II, King of France (1350-64), born in Le Mans, France (d. 1364)
  • 1884-05-01 Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe, British politician, naval officer and auto racer (1931 Le Mans), born in Mayfair, London (d. 1964)
  • 1943-04-27 Helmut Marko, Austrian auto racer (Le Mans Grand Prix), born in Graz, Austria
  • 1945-01-01 Jacques Ickx, Belgian Le Mans auto race (6-time winner)
  • 1948-05-04 Hurley Haywood, American race car driver, and three-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1958-06-07 Phillipe Boccara, US sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Le Mans, France
  • 1966-04-08 Mark Blundell, British racing car driver (1992 Le Mans 24hr), born in London

Deaths in Sport

  • 1964-07-26 Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe, British politician, naval officer and auto racer (1931 Le Mans), dies at 80