(Maybe they were specifially on Us history quizes? I might have only take a few of those, much more of the general ones)
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
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.
Ofcourse there are exceptions on both sides. But it is definitely not the other way around.
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.