Greatest Unsung Heroes

CrimsonShark
Considering my list on DIPG didn't go out so well, how about a bigger approach, shall we?

This list is about people in history or today who have done incredible things, but are not given enough credit than they deserve. Hell, they could be people you've never even heard of. Probably because your local news channel doesn't really care or something. Likewise, take your time to think.

Which individual do you think deserves more credit than they usually get?

The Top Ten

1 Nikola Tesla Nikola Tesla Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system, X rays, Radio, Remote Control, Laser, and electric motors . Tesla developed and ...read more.

The sole reason why I made this list. Tesla needs to be known. His work on AC/DC shaped the modern world as we know it. And not just that, the guy invented so many things and came up with the idea of several things today's society uses. I could go on, but it'd take forever :P. And if you don't know, Edison was a complete dirtbag who took advantage of him and got all the credit for fame and money.

The best thing about Tesla? He actually cared about the planet. The people, the animals as well. He never wanted to become a high-sought celebrity. He wanted to improve and create sustainable ways for the planet. He's an inspiration to me and without a doubt, the greatest scientist/mind the world has ever seen. - CrimsonShark

2 Abdul Sattar Edhi Abdul Sattar Edhi Abdul Satter Edhi (1st January 1928 - 8th July 2016) was a Pakistani humanitarian and social activist, known for being the founder of the Edhi Foundation. He was revered by the population of Pakistan, often known as the "Angel of Mercy" and is often called one of the world's greatest humanitarian.

It's a shame Edhi was never well known. After all, he was situated in Pakistan. But read about the guy, and you'll grow to admire him a lot. Edhi had a humble heart at the very beginning and ultimately dedicated his life to helping people, thus the creation of the Edhi Foundation. Once again, an amazing inspiration. - CrimsonShark

A good person who helped many causes worldwide, but its liberal brainwashing to say that he did more than GWB during Katrina. Better to just be grateful for any and all who help, than to bring in that kind of agenda distortion to a tragedy.

3 Alexandra Scott Alexandra Scott

She was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma (A type of cancer) and died at age 8. During that time, she started a lemonade stand with her older brother and by the time she passed, the stand had raised more than $1 million, all in the hopes of finding a cure for pediatric cancer.

The lemonade stand has since become a charity foundation and has amassed about $120 million. Overall, she's an angel that deserves recognition. - CrimsonShark

4 Iqbal Masih Iqbal Masih

Such a tragic yet inspirational story regarding the issue of slavery. What a shame to hear that a true hero like him that escaped at the risk of his own life was able to fight against the oppression of child labor only to be killed and forgotten. This here is a well-made list, CrimsonShark. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

This kid has got guts to escape the carpet factory (Considering it was a slave facility during that time). He managed to free over 3,000 kids in Pakistan and bring down about $34 million in carpet factory sales before getting murdered at the age of 13.

The saddest thing: The kid hardly gets any recognition anywhere :(. - CrimsonShark

5 Irena Sendler Irena Sendler

She risked her life to save Jewish occupants in Germany during the Holoucast. And she succeeded, but was hardly known to people, unlike Oskar Schindler. It wasn't up until 1999 when four teenagers did a project based on her where she finally got the reputation she deserved. - CrimsonShark

That's great, God bless her! - EliHbk

6 Gabriella Miller Gabriella Miller

DIPG patient who sadly passed in 2013 at age 10 :(. I've seen her in interviews. She's so amazing and has even gone out to public events. There's a charity organization "Smashing Walnuts" dedicated to her memory, with the goal of finding a cure to DIPG.

Overall; she is a beautiful angel in heaven. - CrimsonShark

7 Neerja Bhanot Neerja Bhanot

She has more heart and bravery than a majority of us do. She risked her life to save a couple of passengers. The Indian government was highly touched by her efforts and was posthumously given the Ashok Chakra award, the highest civilian award by India. - CrimsonShark

8 Mary Anning Mary Anning

Has made some of the biggest paleontology contributions ever and she was only 12. She discovered the remains of an ichthyosaur and a plesiosaur which would be a high contributing factor to the existence of prehistoric and extinct animals.

I was a dinosaur fanatic, so it kind of applies :D. - CrimsonShark

9 Ryan White Ryan White

Raised awareness on AIDS before succumbing to it at age 18 :(. If anything, lets thank this guy for the knowledge we have on AIDS. God bless his soul. - CrimsonShark

10 Keanu Reeves Keanu Reeves

Call me biased, but Keanu outside of Hollywood is absolutely amazing. He's been through a lot (Dyslexia, loss of a lover, child, best friend etc.) and still has managed to prevail. Keep in mind I'm talking about him as a person, not as an actor. He gave out a big amount of his own money to the crew team in "The Matrix Reloaded". He's also a cancer advocate, considering his sister had cancer and despite being worth millions, he lives a normal life and instead travels in more conventional ways. He'd even take the subway to avoid environmental damage :P.

Oh, and you can't deny his dedication in action films. Not the best actor, but his stunt-work is definitely inspiring. Not as good as Bruce Lee, but still props to Keanu :). - CrimsonShark

The Newcomers

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? Craig Kielburger Craig Kielburger

The Contenders

11 Douglas Alward

He was Terry Fox's best friend, and he drove the mobile home for him, during his Marathon of Hope, cooked his meals, and collected the donations for cause. - clusium

12 Corey Haim Corey Haim Corey Haim was born on December 23 1971, in Toronto Ontario. He grew up in the Toronto suburbs of Thornhill and Willowdale, and attended such schools as Pineway Public School, Baythorn Public School, German Mills Public School, and Zion Heights Junior High School. ...read more.

I salute him for spreading awareness about the sexual abuse he suffered - TwilightKitsune

He was the very first person to pull the lid off of Hollywood's hidden sexual abuse crisis, when he said on the reality T.V. series 'The 2 Coreys,' that he had been raped as a teenager, by somebody in the industry. - clusium

13 Rick Allen Rick Allen Richard John Cyril "Rick" Allen is an English drummer who has played for the hard rock band Def Leppard since 1978. He overcame the amputation of his left arm in 1985 and continued to play with the band, which subsequently went on to its most commercially successful phase.

Rick showed us that even giant things in someone's life (an amputation, especially since he was a drummer) can't stop us from doing what we love! - EliHbk

14 Barbara Turnbull Barbara Turnbull

Like Rick Allen, Barbara also showed us all that the giant things in someone's life (like being shot, & left paralyzed from the neck downward) cannot prevent us from being successful in life. After the life-changing shooting, Barbara went on to become an award-winning journalist! - clusium

15 Victoria Leigh Soto Victoria Leigh Soto

She helped save a group of children in her class before being killed during the Sandy Hook shooting. - CrimsonShark

16 Poggio Bracciolini Poggio Bracciolini

Bracciolini had the last surviving manuscript for the Roman poem "On the Nature of Things" by Lucretius. He translated the text to make it more accessible. This would ultimately lead to the event known as the Renaissance. Yup, you can consider Leonardo the Vinci and Michelangelo highly instrumental for the development of the modern world, but Poggio is the one who started it all.

Important, but barely recognized :/. - CrimsonShark

17 Rick Moranis Rick Moranis

Known for his role in Spaceballs and Ghostbusters, he retired from acting after his wife died of breast cancer.

However, his main reasoning for retirement was to spend more time and nurture his two children, which was further fueled by his wife's death. A good example to show that you'd prioritize your close ones over your job, regardless of how big you could get. - CrimsonShark

18 Utako Okamoto Utako Okamoto

She, along with her husband Shosuke Okamoto, discovered a drug known as TXA (Tranexamic acid) which could potentially stop blood clots considerably. Her intentions to use it medically were rejected just because she was a woman. It wasn't until 2010 when researchers discovered TXA was capable of reducing postparteum haemmorage by 30% and could save as many as 30,000 women every year. And this was discovered only a year after she died.

Hopefully, her contributions can benefit for the greater good. - CrimsonShark

19 Rick Rescorla
20 George Harrison George Harrison George Harrison was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.
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