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On the River Thames in London, Oxford scores its fifth victory in a row over Cambridge in the annual University Boat Race

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The Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race was first held in 1829 and became an annual fixture in 1856 that continues till this day.  In 1865, the race was rowed in the early afternoon of a warm and clear day on the Thames outside London.  The Oxford crew scored their fifth successive victory, rowing the course from Putney to Mortlake in 21 minutes and 23 seconds.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Chronicle, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1865 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1866), 41.