Welcome to America Comes Alive!, a site I created to share little-known stories of America’s past. These stories are about Americans—people just like you—who have made a difference and changed the course of history. Look around the site and find what inspires you.
On May 6, 1954, medical student Roger Bannister became the first person in recorded history to run the mile in under four minutes. Bannister’s running ability had earned him a scholarship to Oxford University, and he went on to finish his medical degree and became a practicing neurologist and neuroscience researcher. He was knighted in 1975.