In 1887, 21-year-old George W. Nellis, Jr., made his transcontinental journey in 72 days from Herkimer, New York, to San Francisco, on his 52-inch high Columbia Expert “ordinary” bicycle. The newspaperman beat the previous record by several weeks.
Violet Constance Jessop was an ocean liner stewardess and nurse who achieved fame by surviving the disastrous sinkings of sister ships RMS Titanic and HMHS Britannic in 1912 and 1916 respectively. In addition
George Washington Carver overcame slavery to achieve fame as a scientist, botanist, and educator. "He could have added fortune to fame, but caring for neither, he found happiness and honor in being helpful to the world.