This historic event took place on 6 May, 1954 during a meet between British AAA and Oxford University at Iffley Road Track in Oxford. It was watched by about 3,000 spectators. With winds up to 25 miles per hour (40 km/h) prior to the event, Bannister had said twice that he favored not running, to conserve his energy and efforts to break the 4-minute barrier; he would try again at another meet.
However, the winds dropped just before the race was scheduled to begin, and Bannister did run. Two other runners, Brasher and Chataway, provided pacing while completing the race. Both went on to establish their own track careers. The race was broadcast live by BBC Radio and commented on by Harold Abrahams, of Chariots of Fire fame.
Roger Bannister set a goal of running a mile under four minutes. He believed he could do it….even though no one had ever accomplished it before. Because he convinced himself, and was faithful in his training, he achieved his goal. After he did it, many others followed because it was all of the sudden realized to be possible!
Learn more about Roger’s story here – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Bannister