Today in History
Today is Thursday, May 6, the 126th day of 2021. There are 239 days left in the year.
VIENNA (AP) — Roger Bannister, 1954. Eliud Kipchoge, 2019?
Like the sub-four minute mile, running a marathon in less than two hours had seemed impossible — until Saturday...
To appreciate the monumental significance of running a 4-minute mile, consider that fewer people have managed to do it since Roger Bannister broke the barrier in 1954, than have reached the summit of Mount Everest.
London – It was a typical British afternoon in early May: wet, cool and blustery. Not exactly the ideal conditions for running four laps around a track faster than many thought humanly possible.
A lanky Oxford medical student named Roger Bannister looked up at the white-and-red English flag whipping in the wind atop a nearby church and figured he would have to call off the record attempt.