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Duke, August 11, 1911

"When Duke Kahanamoku broke the world record in the 100-yard free-style swim by 4.6 seconds in Honolulu Harbor on August 11, 1911, the Hawaiian Amateur Athletic Union telegraphed the news to Union headquarters. Officials in New York were incredulous and reportedly replied, 'What are you using for stop watches? Alarm clocks?!' ..."

U.S. Library of Congress commemorates that historic day at:

Today in History: August 11


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