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On the Thames in London, Oxford beat Cambridge in the University Boat Race for the sixth year in a row.

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03/24/1866

The famous annual boat race between crews from Oxford and Cambridge Universities, held on the Thames from Putney to Mortlake, was won for the sixth year running by the Oxford boat. Because of tidal conditions, the race was run earlier in the year than usual and had to start before eight in the morning.  After a close contest, the Oxford crew finished fifteen seconds ahead of their rivals. (By John Osborne) 

Source Citation: 

"Chronicle," The Annual Register: A Review of Public Events at Home and Abroard for the Year 1866 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1867), 15-18.

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