On This Date 5/4/1954

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At a track meet at Oxford University, Roger Bannister records a mile run in under four minutes, setting a long-sought-after benchmark. Bannister’s record time of 3:59.4 was launched with a strong run of 57.5 seconds on the first quarter-mile lap, finishing with a 58.9 second run on the last lap. Gunder Hagg of Sweden held the previous world record of 4:01.4, established in 1945.