On this day: May 26

Manchester United and the Le Mans 24 Hour Endurance race star in our feature on remarkable sporting events that created history on May 26.

Manchester United win European Cup


On this day in 1999, Manchester United won the European Cup by beating FC Bayern München at Barcelona’s Camp Nou in the most dramatic fashion.

An early goal from Mario Basler gave Bayern a 1-0 lead that they would hold onto until the 90 minute mark. However in a remarkable turn of events, injury-time goals from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw the Red Devils snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

In winning the European Cup, United secured a memorable treble after previously having won the English Premier League title as well as the FA Cup.

Inaugural Le Mans 24 Hour Endurance is staged


The 1923 24 Hours of Le Mans was the very first Grand Prix of Endurance, and began on May 26, 1923.

As motorsport began to gain popularity, there emerged a demand for a race that was not simply about being fastest but rather about endurance and reliability. And so the concept was born.

Originally planned to be a three-year event with a winner being declared by the car which could go the farthest distance over three consecutive 24 Hour races, this idea was quickly abandoned.

The first winners of the Le Mans 24 Hour were André Lagache and René Léonard who won having covered a distance of 2209.536 km.

Sporting Birthdays

1968: Steve Sedgley, English footballer
1977: Luca Toni, Italian footballer
1979: Mehmet Okur, Turkish basketball player