1. 1979: Hollywood star Paul Newman takes 2nd place at 24 hours of Le Mans
It was on this date that famous Hollywood actor Paul Newman and his two co-drivers finished second place at the 47th running of the 24 hours of Le Mans. The famous race started mid-day on the 9th and would finish exactly 24 hrs later on the 10th; the idea is to drive as many laps as you possibly can within a 24 hr period. Newman, along with co-drivers Rolf Stommelen and Dick Barbour, drove a Porsche 935/77A a total of 299 laps, which equals out to be just over 2,000 miles while averaging speeds of over 100 mph. Newman, who was 54 at the time, would continue racing well into his 80’s, eventually making his last start at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2006.