On this day in sport: Shaq's rookie reward and Bannister's four-minute mile
- Roger Bannister and Shaquille O'Neal should remember May 6 fondly, while Feyenoord made European football history.
Roger Bannister produced a feat most thought impossible on May 6 many years ago, while more recently Shaquille O'Neal was rewarded for a memorable debut season in the NBA
Bannister laid to rest the demons of Olympics heartbreak to produce a moment that would stand the test of history in 1954.
Almost 40 years later, NBA legend O'Neal was receiving one of countless prizes he earned during a sensational career.
Here are the best sporting moments from this day down the years…
1954 – Bannister breaks through the barrier
It was described as "sport's greatest goal" and there were warnings from physiologists that running a sub four-minute mile was impossible and dangerous to attempt.
Yet Bannister, a medical student who had suffered disappointment when finishing fourth in the 1500 metres at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, achieved what was deemed unthinkable.
Helped by two pacers, Bannister managed to do a mile in three minutes and 59.4 seconds at Oxford University's Iffley Road track.
The record stood for just 46 days before John Landy of Australia shaved almost a second off that time, but it was Bannister who broke the barrier.
Almost 66 years have passed since Roger Bannister ran the first sub-four-minute mile.— World Athletics (@WorldAthletics) April 25, 2020
With none of the annual race celebrations taking place at Iffley Road Stadium this year, @BritishMilers are organising a virtual time trial instead.
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1970 – Feyenoord's Dutch courage downs Celtic
Just three years previously, Celtic's 'Lisbon Lions' had become the first British team to win the European Cup in a famous triumph over Inter.
On this occasion, the Bhoys were favourites at Milan's San Siro stadium for European football's showpiece.
But it was Feyenoord's turn to make history in a 2-1 triumph over Celtic, who had overcome the heavily fancied Leeds United in the semis.
Tommy Gemmell's 30th-minute opener proved a false dawn as Rinus Israel equalised. Swede Ove Kindvall then scored an extra-time winner three minutes from the end as Feyenoord became the first Dutch team to win Europe's top prize.
1993 – Shaq's rookie reward
Big things were expected of the gigantic O'Neal when he was selected first in the 1992 draft by the Orlando Magic - and he did not disappoint.
The center averaged 23.4 points (eighth in the NBA), 13.9 rebounds (second) and 3.53 blocks per game (second) as the Magic finished 41-41 to improve by 20 wins, though they still missed out on the playoffs.
O'Neal was named Rookie of the Year and went on to have a Hall-of-Fame career.
He won three NBA Championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and another with the Miami Heat, while he was named Finals MVP three years running between 2000 and 2002.