6th May
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1954 The First Human To Run A Mile In Under Four Minutes

It was achieved by 25 year old medical student Roger Bannister who managed a mile in 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds.

The four minute mile barrier had become something of a psychological mountain, with some experts predicting it was impossible to break.

Bannister used his own cutting edge scientific techniques to aid his training for the event.

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1937 The Hindenburgh Disaster

The pride of Nazi Germany burst into flames at Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 36 passengers and crewmembers.

The flight had taken off on May 3rd from Frankfurt Germany.

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1994 The English Channel Tunnel Opens

Queen Elizabeth II and French President Francois Mitterand preside over the ceremony which linked the two countries for the first time since the Ice Age.

The Chunnel runs 31 miles underground from Folkestone, England, to Sangatte, France.

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1940 John Steinbeck wins a Pulitzer for his novel The Grapes of Wrath

1959 Raymond Burr wins Best Actor Emmy for his role as Perry Mason.

1992 Marlene Dietrich dies

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