Top Ten Greatest People In World History Who Are Not Religious FiguresPeople that brought major change to many ideas, places, and people. These people benefited the world by standing by their beliefs and not giving it up at all costs. This list DOES NOT include religious figures.
The Top Ten
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And inspiration of non-violence. The most powerful force is with words and non-violent actions, not rebellions or wars. His ideology helped India gain independence from British control and influenced many people with his ideas such as Martin Luther Kind, Jr and Nelson Mandela.
A man with courage who was determined to stop the judging of people by their skin color and ethnicity. Receiving many threats and later on assassinated at an early age, he quickly gained support of both blacks AND whites. He never encouraged violence no matter how badly they were attacked by white forces. He stands today as an American hero and the Father of Civil Rights. Influenced by Gandhi.
The man who brought an end to apartheid in South Africa. Despite being constantly threatened and thrown in jail, he never left his will for justice and always saw the future as a bright, free, non-segregated place. His legacy stands today and was influenced by many past civil rights leaders.
He won the first election unanimously. But I'd like to point out he owned slaves. And he was also one of the Founding Fathers. That's to say, he sort of started the US, and the US is- well, you know. - MaxAurelius
The Founding Father of America. He had the courage to gain independence for America and was never afraid. Even though America had a huge disadvantage, his courage and will influenced the Americans to not give up. His tactics were also creative and key to defeating the British army.
Revisionists again trying to judge historic figures by modern standards. Better take a hard look at several other names on this list, who were well-known to have something of a penchant for underage females.
Well, he owned slaves. That's not right. - AnonymousChick
Honest Abe was one of the biggest figures in the Civil War and abolishment of slavery. He wanted to keep America united and his goal succeeded. He avoided America from splitting apart and signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed slaves in the Confederate area. Although abolishing slavery wasn't his key goal at the beginning, he later on saw the light of it and once he put that on his list, he never took it off.
Also a figure of selflessness. She set up free daycare, housing, and education for people in need of it. The poverty problem was huge during the Industrial Revolution and she was a huge part in tackling the problem.
The man who discovered gravity. The man who altered scientific understandings to a level of such well comprehension that technology suddenly became so much easier. Without him, scientists say, our technology may be set back for about 200 years, which places us in 1800s life.
Actually he was Christian as well as several other historical figures on this list.
A person can't be judged by their gender. One of the most well known figures of women rights, she never let go of the dream of the right to voting and many other privileges for women. She influenced many to support women suffrage and later on did see the dream come true.
A scientist of innovation. A man who contributed to the society of science. His work is a huge reason for our science today.
Another huge figure in women's rights. A Pakistani Muslim who is passionate about rights for women, especially education. She survived a bullet through the head and influenced thousands with her courage and passion of her belief. She is also the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate in world history.
John Oliver's take on Harriet Tubman on the $10 bill:
"This exemplifies what's wrong with gender equality movements these days: women ask for something they want and deserve, so we give them half and make them share it."
Not only did we NOT kick off Andrew Jackson from the $20 (the guy who believed paper money wasn't even real money and passed the Indian Removal Act), we got half the value and are sharing the $10 with Hamilton.
Harriet Tubman wasn't just a powerful woman, she was a powerful human on a whole representing bravery and courage and what we put slaves through for hundreds of years in America-as well as an exemplary human being for all of us to learn from. Get her on the $20, and get her higher on this list-at least. - keycha1n
The Mother of Civil Rights. She was tired of giving up seats just because she was black and refused to give up her seat to a white man. She was arrested and thrown in jail, but she didn't care. She inspired many others to fight against segregation and was a major figure in the Civil Rights Movement.
You see, he holds patents for a bunch of inventions. However, he made slight alterations to previously existing inventions and then patented them. The only thing he invented by himself was the electric chair, which he tested on animals. That was only made to prove that Nikola Tesla's idea of alternating current was dangerous and that direct current was safer and better (that's how AC/DC got their name, by the way). We now use alternating current everywhere, so his status as an inventor is complete bull. When he wasn't stealing inventions, he was starting businesses that quickly failed and neglected his kids. When he was in his 50's or 60's (I can't remember at the moment), he married a 19-year-old girl, his second wife. Talk about a hero...
Light bulb! This is what he is known of, but his contributions go far beyond that. He holds over 1,000 patents and has a huge lab of amazing work and inventions. He never gives up and instead learns from mistakes to enhance his next step.
One of history's great geniuses, too bad the revisionist liberal brainwashers have decided to deconstruct him and his accomplishments.
Stands for his nation at all costs. How much longer would Nazi Germany exist if it wasn't for him? He protected his nation and carried them through dark times and brought them back to light.
In 10,000 years, not one other name on this list will be remembered except for Neil Armstrong's.
First human being to leave the planet and walk on another world.
The art of literature. The understanding of the struggles of life turned into entertainment. The innovation of English. Without him, many words used in daily life today may not exist.
A Muslim who agreed to stand by and allow Israel to be. While the majority of the Arab world roared with rage at his actions for the peace treaty with Israel, many Egyptains supported his action and saw it as a huge step to Arab-Israeli relationships.
Father of Physics. The reason we understand how things move, stop, and work. We wonder how set back out understandings of movement would be without him.
The man who started the spread of culture. An amazing tactitian whose force remained undefeated for his entire life, he took over land from Greece all the way to India in less than 15 years. He spread cultures from West to East, which later combined and formed a new culture.
Was especially fond of raping young girls from conquered tribes, and then killing them..
The best Macedoian ever
With the majority of political power, especially South, opposed Martin Luther King, JFK, the highest seat, took King's side. He believed that everyone had a right to basic human privileges. He took a major part in the Civil Rights Movement and space exploration, in which he convinced America to send a man to the moon.
If only youngsters would listen to him
No more problems
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