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    It was 55 years ago today (Wednesday) that Roger Bannister, a 25 year old medical student, first broke the four minute mile. Most of you know that he ran and won the race in 3:59.4, but did you know that he ran that race on a Thursday? Next year, on the 56th anniversary of the race, May 6 will fall on a Thursday. Congratulations Roger Bannister and long live the mile.

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    Re: 55 Years Ago Today

    Originally posted by Double R Bar
    Congratulations Roger Bannister
    Excuse me, but that's Sir Roger Bannister!

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      Re: 55 Years Ago Today

      Originally posted by tandfman
      Originally posted by Double R Bar
      Congratulations Roger Bannister
      Excuse me, but that's Sir Roger Bannister!
      Sir, Professor Dr.Roger Bannister .
      "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
      by Thomas Henry Huxley

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        Re: 55 Years Ago Today

        Originally posted by Double R Bar
        It was 55 years ago today (Wednesday) that Roger Bannister, a 25 year old medical student, first broke the four minute mile. Most of you know that he ran and won the race in 3:59.4, but did you know that he ran that race on a Thursday? Next year, on the 56th anniversary of the race, May 6 will fall on a Thursday. Congratulations Roger Bannister and long live the mile.
        Speaking of 56. Bannister met Franz Stampfl on the train going up to Oxford that day and Stampfl mentioned that he felt Bannister was capable of 3.56. But they were concerned about the gale force winds. Luckily, By race time the wind had died down and the attempt was on.
        Well, who can forget those things?

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        • #5
          55 years ago today: France loses 1-nil to Vietnamese at Dien Bien Phu.

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            Is there a good reason why they didn't run a 1600m?

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