-Britain become a global Superpower.
-Said superpower influenced billions of laws and teaching around the Globe.
If it was not for Nelson, the entire planet would be much more heavily focused on Spanish laws and rulings (nothing against Spain btw. Just that it's fairly different from Britain).
On another note, why the heck am I not on this list??? Clearly an awful oversight.
As for Nelson, his achievements enabled the British navy to replace the Spanish as the greatest navy in the world. This resulted in the expansion of the British Empire. And just like the Romans, the British Empire has had a large influence on the history of the world.
Using this type of historical influence, I wonder why Genghis Khan is not included.
If anything he worked against the empowerment of the romans.
Augustus should be in the quiz instead of Hannibal based on that criteria.
Or even Marius, who helped shape the roman army more than anyone else.
Kick in the rear.
There are way too much US citizens in this quizz.
Except in the US, who cares about the US President during the New Deal ?
Why the first US President and no other countries one ?
There plenty of books far better than Huckleberry Finn, so why this one in particular (except the nationality I mean) ?
A similar argument could be made for Muhammad, and it would probably be more accurate to call Muhammad the "last Muslim prophet" rather than the founder of Islam; even putting aside whether he was or was not a legitimate prophet, and the fact that Islamic tradition holds he had more to do with founding a religion than Jesus did. The Quran supposedly came straight from Muhammad's mouth. Jesus did not write the Bible.
Jesus, by contrast (if he was a real person and according to what we know from the gospels), was the hippy leader of a tiny Jewish apocalypse cult who made a bunch of prophecies that never came true, got arrested for treason, accused of blasphemy, and then was humiliated and tortured before his public execution.
Is it any wonder that early Christians had such a hard time converting Jews with this story and instead turned to trying to convince gentiles?
Homer DID write the Iliad.
Please remove the 'supposedly' from the quiz
If you have proof that Homer existed and authored those books, then many historians would be very grateful to you for sharing it
-Bolivar isn't the only one called Liberator in Latinamerica.
-Hellen Keller, Cromwell, Cook, Nelson, Parks, none of these I would consider part of basic general knowledge everyone should have.
- Austen, Dickens and Twain but no Cervantes, writer of one of the most influential books ever?
This list is heavily anglocentric. No suprise, of course.
I can't see why no one has mentioned that yet
Also, Lao Tzu is about as "supposed" as Homer. His existence is not verified by any evidence other than there is a book credited to an "Old Master."
1. Edison didn't invent a lightbulb - he patented it and used his enterprising skills to become famous.
2. Alexander the Great wasn't a Greek, but Macedonian.
"40 Historical People that Every US-AMERICAN Should Know"
Dickens, Austen, Earhart, Parks, Keller,Twain are not worldwidely important.
Because I'm involved with the deaf community and understand how important it is for others to accept both them and their language - I was well versed with Helen Keller. If I didn't have the interest I have in sign language - then maybe she wouldn't seem that important to me. There is definitely more room for more quizzes like this one and perhaps take out the word 'most' and consider other perspectives? We will all learn things we didn't know then, I reckon.
Good quiz - I enjoyed it.
So yes, there is nothing wrong with knowing who these ppl were. And obviously the list is very biased toward modern history . For example why is Mao more important than the emperors who actually united China into a massive nation?
And Thatcher? Rosa Parks? America thinks it is the only country with a civil rights movement?
Sure, it is newtonian physics, but there's a reason why we call them Kepler's laws of planetary motion....
"Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree."
"Yes but I've never even heard the name Horatio Nelson."
All respect to those people, but how can you put Cromwell, Roosevelt, Queen Elizabeth, Parks or Austen over Curie, Mandela, Pol Pot, Castro, Stalin, Copernicus, Galileo or Socrates?
Just search for the last and you'll see.
Where's Chopin? Maria Sklodowska-Curie? Sun Tzu? Mussolini? And many others?
How the heck Thatcher, Earhart and FDR made the list when there was no room for Genghis Khan and Einstein?
But at least Alexander Fleming isn't there because who needs penicillin when you can just listen to Für Elise.