(Maybe they were specifially on Us history quizes? I might have only take a few of those, much more of the general ones)
The term 'Massive figure' will always be open to debate I suppose. I'll choose my words more carefully in future.
Edit : and being well-known and having played an important role are different things. You could say everything the western society does has an impact on the rest of the world, but does not mean that every single person from western society is relevant/known in others parts of the world.
Usually only direct involvement ensures that persons are known. Even though a person indirectly might have set events in motion that eventually make an impact on certain countries.
Lots of bars(pubs) were trashed (allegdly due to someone cheating lifting up the table to make the ball go into the desired hole..) And people were thrown around (as happens in barfights) one of which actually died, he was thrown on the till and broke his back, hence the word tilt. (the outcome of a table being lifted and how people went beserk). But other etymologists suggests it comes from "tilled", which meant lifted in old-english. Which is still recognisable in the agricultural term (where the soil is lifted ) and in other germanic languages; tillen still means lift in dutch
Pendantic: adj. being excessively concerned with minor details relating to decorative neckware?
Think of a fruitpie, but it hasnt got banana in it, it is still a fruit pie ;) And calling it an apple-pie while there were other fruits in it, (in comparable amounts, not like 1%) would be more wrong.
I wanted to say, amazingly hardly any swearing or inapproprate sexual comments. But I forgot that the worst gets deleted.
Washington-Jefferson. While Jefferson was indeed a world renown figure, what exactly did Washington do to deserve such notoriety?
On the other hand, Hamilton was responsible for, among other things, the establishment of our Treasury, and without the U.S. Treasury, we would not be able to waste our money in foreign aid to countries which despise us.
Washington is an extremely influential figure, too, though.
On the other hand, Aaron Burr didn't really do much and is only famous for his duel with Hamilton.
Ofcourse there are exceptions on both sides. But it is definitely not the other way around.
I once had a Chinese teacher who asked us, "If Mao had stepped down after winning the Chinese Civil War, would we talk about him the way we talk about Washington?" The answer we came up with was "probably not," but it was an interesting thought experiment.
Perhaps a good modern day example is the kardashian, they are world famous, but not because they have done such great things. While there have been others that have done great things (or more in line, have an amazing singing talent for instance) which we have never heard.
So these are two different debates. What a certain person has accomplished and whether or not he is know in (other parts of) the world.