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Arno Penzias Report Abuse
He along with Robert Wilson provided evidence that time began with Big Bang.Such a Big Bang was suggested by Gamow in 1960.In 2005 Manu (Shanker Mishra)suggested Multiple Big Bang and coincidence point theory of the Universe.Found correct in 2006.
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Charles Schultz Report Abuse
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Anthony Fokker Report Abuse
inventor Aeroplanes
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Guglielmo Marconi Report Abuse
Guglielmo Marconi ( pronuncia italiana: [ɡuʎʎɛ ː lmo marko ː ni] ; 25 Aprile, 1874 - 20 luglio 1937) è stato un italiano inventore, noto per il suo sviluppo di legge di Marconi e di un telegrafo radio del sistema, che è servita come base per la creazione di numerose società affiliate in tutto il mondo . Ha condiviso del 1909 del Premio Nobel per la fisica con Karl Ferdinand Braun "in riconoscimento del loro contributo allo sviluppo della telegrafia senza fili" [ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ 3 ] ed è stato nobilitato nel 1924 come Marchese Marconi . Without him we have no radio or Tv!
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Robert Goddard Report Abuse
Rocket physicist,liquid fuel rocketry principles are still in use.
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Wyatt Earp Report Abuse
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Bill Gates Report Abuse
Microsoft and Windows made computers user friendly and vastly increased its number of users.
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well at least 33% of the world uses internet so, i guess 23% use it via telekinesis.
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Enrico Fermi Report Abuse
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Enrico feri didn't discover nuclear fission
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He invented the first nuclear reactor and discovered the nuclear fission ... with him USA will built many years after the nuclear bomb
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Frank Sinatra Report Abuse
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Thespis Report Abuse
Actor,Greece, was the first to use stage make-up instead of mask
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He was the first credited actor. He was the first person to get on stage alone and act. Being the first actor of all time makes him pretty important and influential dont you think?
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I just don't get this one.... why, why, why would Thespis make this list at all??? Who cares about stage make-up? How does that impact my life and the future of my children??
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Howard Stern Report Abuse
king of all media
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Shigeru Miyamoto Report Abuse
Invented Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong, etc. Reinvigorated the crashing video game industry and launched it into what it is today.
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Charles Babbage Report Abuse
Father of modern computers
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That's true because look at number 3 on this list (Adolf Hitler). As influential as maybe he was, no one's suggesting that he improved anything. Being 'influential' is possessing the power to create an effect or force change as a direct reaction from your own actions or words, no matter if what you did was good or bad.
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Influential doesn't necessarily imply improving society anyway
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Alright, sure. If by diminish, you mean "allowed me to comment", by all means, I agree.
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He diminished society, not improved it.
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Eduard Slavoljub Penkala Report Abuse
Creator of the pen.
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Joan Of Arc Report Abuse
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John Brown Report Abuse
Great and bold abolitionist (John Brown's Raid). And how many historical figures have had a song named after them?
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St Patrick Report Abuse
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Honore de Balzac Report Abuse
Novelist, Les Chouans, Comedie humaine, Pere Goriot.
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Lyndon Baines Johnson Report Abuse
President of the United States who provided continuity after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Despite his errors in conducting escalation of the Vietnam war, Johnson within the space of less than two years was able achieve legislation which codified such as the Civil Rights act and the Voting Rights and the broad use of federal authority to implement school integration as mandated by the Supreme Court in the 1954 Brown decision. Appointed the first African American Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall who was the chief attorney for the plaintiffs and the NAACP in the argument of the Brown case before the Supreme Court. Johnson also expanded health care to senior citizens and the indigent. The largest expansion of legalyl entitled health care in American history. The provision of Medicare is widely credited to reducing the poverty rate amongst elderly American from above 35 percent nationally to below 10 percent as well as improving the quality of life, medical status and security of millions of elderly Americans through the development of Medicare which eluded FDR, Truman and Kennedy
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picked up where FDR left off taking the US to the bankrupt socialist mess it's in today.
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Vietnam escalation
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Wang Qishan Report Abuse
He is known as the driver of China's economic success
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Joseph Smith Report Abuse
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Steve Jobs Report Abuse
Co-founder of Apple and developer of Pixar.
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Steve Jobs is as influential as Thomas Edison or Henry Ford, all of them took great technologies & made them accessible to the regular Joe. History will eventually reflect this.
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before louis pasteur, you mean.
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This is a joke right? Before Lincoln....
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Dante. Report Abuse
Dante is a great poet who wrote many poems and essays. His most famous work is " The Divine Comedy".
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Cleopatra VII Report Abuse
Legendary queen of Egypt, whose beauty bewitched many powerful leaders, from Julius Caesar to Mark Antony.
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Tarashankar Banerjee Report Abuse
Tarashankar Banerjee is one of the most notable and distinguished novelists and short story writers of World literature. Banerjee's outstanding literary masterpieces deserve to be translated into English and other languages.
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(Juan) Evo Morales Report Abuse
President Bolivia, Movement for Socialism, An indigenous descendent Aymara he has called for the right of indigenous people to govern themselves.Remanants of human settlement in Chile date back to 35,000-12,000 years BP.European colonoziation lead to total annihilation of cultures and populations.The Laws of Burgos 1512-1513 AD endorsed conversion to christianity most population were used for enforced labor.Molecular genetics with preliminary research with 9 genomic regions show the indigenous native haplogroups to be from a single founding population with close similarity to South Asians.Benito Juarez, an independent Zaptec was the President of Mexico with indigenous roots.The native Indian population is spread across Canada, USA and South America.With their alternative lifestyle they became the inspirational source for the alternative lifestyle or new agers. Great statesmen like Geronimo Apache Goyathalay, Modo Kintpuash, Crazy Horse Lakota Tasunke Wakan,American Horse Siuox Wasicu Tasunke,Cochise Apache,Tecumesh Shawnee have all spoken about the rights of the indigenous people.
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Alois Alzheimer Report Abuse
Aloysius "Alois" Alzheimer, (German pronunciation: [ˈaːloˌis ˈalts.haɪmɐ]; 14 June 1864 – 19 December 1915) was a German psychiatrist and neuropathologist and a colleague of Emil Kraepelin. Alzheimer is credited with identifying the first published case of "presenile dementia", which Kraepelin would later identify as Alzheimer's disease.
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Sam Walton Report Abuse
Started Wal-Mart which is the number 1 retailer in the world as well as being the number 2 employer of americans trailing only the US government. Has saved the world's families millions of dollars yearly. Was truely the american dream.
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Sure - he was the American dream for every small businessperson who offered knowledge and service to their customers - translation: a nightmare.
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Sam Walton is the singular reason for everything bad in the world today. One cannot possibly exemplify the American Dream by doing something as terrible as starting Wal-mart.
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Rene Descartes Report Abuse
Philosopher
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But how was he more influential, in world historical terms, than John Locke (for instance) whose Two Treatises on Government laid the philosophical foundations of both British constitutional monarchy and the American constitution? Not to mention the influence that his empiricism had on both philosophy and the sciences. David Hume is my own favourite non-contemporary philosopher but it would be absurd to suggest /he/ was one of the most influential men in history, his philosophical works having gone almost 100 years without readers. It is almost as absurd to put Descartes here.
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One of my favorite philosophers.
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Howard Hughes Report Abuse
Howard Hughes was a businessman, a movie producer, and an aviator
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Satyendranath Dutta. Report Abuse
Noted Poet Satyendranath Dutta is a major literary figure in World literature.
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Charles (Pierre) Baudelaire Report Abuse
Poetry,symbolism.
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Bhaskar Report Abuse
Indian mathematician, probably Diophantus was in possssion of an algebraic solution of quadratics.The generalized conception of algebraic geometry represents curves by an equation and vice versa. The simplest quadratic arises in the construction of a mean proportional between two lines or in the construction of a square equal to a given triangle.Diophantus recognized only one root but both roots was first effected by Bhaskara. A simple cubic equation was presented in the problem of finding two mean proportionals between two lines.The Greeks could not solve an equation which arises in dissecting a cube and trisecting an angle.
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The problem of trisecting an angle is not how to calculate the trisection but rather how to accurately draw the trisection using only the traditional tools of Euclidean geometry (the ruler, straight-edge and compass). I find the plausibility of your claims about this man's mathematical importance become slightly less plausible given your apparent ignorance of the history of mathematics.
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Jean Jacques Rousseau Report Abuse
Philosopher,Social Contract theory, introduced the slogan "Liberty, Equality,Fraternity."French Revolution.
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Duryea Brothers Report Abuse
America's first gasoline powered commercial car manufacturers were two brothers, Charles Duryea and Frank Duryea. The brothers were bicycle makers who became interested in the new gasoline engines and automobiles
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Pope Leo the Great Report Abuse
Most of us know Pope Saint Gregory the Great – the inventor of our calendar, but far fewer have heard of Pope St Leo the Great (400 – November 10, 461) who single handedly did what no army could do: stop Attila the Hun. In 452, when the King of the Huns, Attila, invaded Italy and threatened Rome, Pope Leo went to meet him personally to beg him to withdraw. Attila, so impressed by Leo, simply turned around and left. Unfortunately, Leo’s intercession could not prevent the sack of the city by the Vandals in 455, but murder and arson were repressed by his influence. In addition to this great achievement, St Leo is remembered for his writings on equality of all men, and the call for all to live in dignity. His feast day is April 11. Pictured above is the famed meeting between St Leo and Attila.
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Nat Turner Report Abuse
Lead Slave uprising in 1831,Virginia,USA.All those involved were hanged.The Slave Codes prohibited education to slaves.
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The only influence that this murderer had was how to kill women and children in their sleep. May as well put Jeffrey Dalmer on this list.
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Claude Levi-Strauss Report Abuse
Social Anthropology,the systematic ordering behind codes of expression in different cultures,established new methods for analyzing various collective phenomenon as myth,kinship and rituals.
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S Radhakrishnan Report Abuse
Statesman,scholar, became the President of India in 1962.
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Gatjil Djerrkura Report Abuse
Australian aboriginal leader.Traces of aborginals of Australia goes back to 100,000-50,000 years back.In 1770c James Cook claimed possession of the whole East Coast of Australia and in 1768 Captain Phillip raised the British flag at Sydney cove to start a penal colony. Hostilities between white settlers and native aboriginals continue till Lt. Moore starts decimination. A policy of absorption is followed for cheap labor. In 1816c Macquire imposes control on the movement of aboriginals and the church starts conversion around 1840c but depopulation and massacres continue.Discriminatory legislation continues right through upto 1902 Commonwealth Constitution and 1934 Aborigines Act.Albert Namatjira was accepted as a Commonwealth citizen in 1968c. In 1987 Archie and others become a part of new age movement and in Jan. 1988 tens of thousands aboriginal people march through through the streets of Australian cities on the bi-centennial day of white immigrants to rename it as Survival Day. In 1994c. UN General Assembly marks a day as World Indigineous Peoples Day.
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Roger Federer Report Abuse
Considered by many to be the greatest tennis player of all time, he has been an ambassador of tennis and sports in general for the past 7 years, setting up a new benchmark for consistent dominance and sheer brilliance.
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Billie Jean King is the best, not like anyone cares about tennis anyway.
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"Considered by many to be the greatest tennis player of all time" And this qualifies one to be on the list of the 100 most influential people of all time because?
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Michael Madhusudhan Dutt. Report Abuse
One of the most notable poets of the World Dutt wrote poetry in both English and Bengali. Michael madhusudhan Dutt is perhaps one of the greatest epic poets of the 19th century.
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Dale earnahrdt Report Abuse
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Best Driver ever
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Clint eastwood Report Abuse
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Philip J Berg Report Abuse
Democrat who Filled lawsuit on Obama for fake Birth certificate
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Was in charge of Both Bill and Hillary's campaigns in PA too
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Saddam Hussein Report Abuse
Well, I just wanted to see how much itd be ranked down
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"There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years ... We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction." -- Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002
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"I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force -- if necessary -- to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security." -- Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002
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"Hussein has ... chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies." -- Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999
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"Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process." -Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998
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"Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face." --Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998 "He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983." --Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998 "[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs." Letter to President Clinton, signed by: -- Democratic Senators Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others, Oct. 9, 1998
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"One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line." --President Bill Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998 "If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program." --President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998
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"Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime ... He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation ... And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction ... So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real..." -- Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003
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Regardless of what you say, he was influential
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How do you think we get baby oil?
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He killed children
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What's your point? He should have killed more of them.
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He killed over 1 million Iranians
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Yes, he was a lovely man.
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who put him in this list is a joker
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Muhummad Ali Jinnah Report Abuse
Father of Pakistan. Helped create a muslim state for Indian Muslims. First governor general of Pakistan.
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A great man, a geniuss, a chrarismatic leader the only man who fight for freedom
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Saladin Report Abuse
Ṣalāḥ ad-Dīn Yūsuf ibn Ayyūbi (Arabic: صلاح الدين يوسف بن أيوب‎, Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn Yūsuf ibn Ayyūb, Kurdish: سه‌لاحه‌دین ئه‌یوبی, Selah'edînê Eyubî , Persian: صلاح‌الدین ایّوبی, Salāh-ed-Dīn Ayyūbi) (c. 1138 – March 4, 1193), better known in the Western world as Saladin, was a Kurdish Muslim, who became the first Ayyubid Sultan of Egypt and Syria. He led Islamic opposition to the Franks and other European Crusaders in the Levant. At the height of his power, he ruled over Egypt, Syria, Mesopotamia, Hejaz, and Yemen. He led the Muslims against the Crusaders and eventually recaptured Jerusalem from the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem after his victory in the Battle of Hattin. As such, he is a notable figure in Kurdish, Arab, and Muslim culture. Saladin was a strict adherent of Sunni Islam and a mystical disciple of the Qadiri Sufi order
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and he was a very cruel man indeed, beheading all the captured crusaders after the battle of Hattin after he had promised them to spare their lifes
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Uthman ibn Affan Report Abuse
`Uthman ibn `Affan (Arabic: عثمان بن عفان‎) (c. 579 – 17 July 656) was one of the companions of Islamic prophet, Muhammad. He played a major role in early Islamic history as the third Caliph. It is said that Uthman was one of the most handsome and charming men of his time. Uthman was well known for his reported generosity. During Muhammad's time, while in Medina, he financed the project for the construction of the Al-Masjid al-Nabawi and purchased the well Beer Rauma, which he dedicated to the free use of all Muslims. Uthman’s generosity continued after he became caliph.
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Standardized the Arabic dialect of the Quran called 'Fus'ha' and ordered thousands of Quran's to be copied and distributed across the muslim empire ensuring that there would be only one version of the Quran.
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Fritz Walter Report Abuse
Best football player of the world between 1944 and 1954. Outstanding character who influenced many sportsmen and the Germans after the war to be better people.
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Umar ibn al-Khattāb Report Abuse
He was a friend of Prophet Muhammad and became the second Caliph after Muhammad's death and ruled for 10 years. He is considered as a political genius and the architect of the Islamic Empire.
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Even Mohandas Karam chand Ghandi also loves and follows Umar ibn al-Khattāb 's Simplicity and considered as a political genius
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A great leader...We should all follow him.
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Abu Bakr Report Abuse
Abu Bakr was a senior companion (Sahabah) and the father-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad. He became the first Muslim Caliph following Muhammad's death and ruled over the Rashidun Caliphate from 632-634 CE. As Caliph, Abu Bakr succeeded to the political and administrative functions previously exercised by the Prophet, since the religious function and authority of prophethood ended with Muhammad's death. He was called Al-Siddiq (the truthful) by the Prophet and was known by that title among later generations of Muslims.
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A true companion of Muhammad(P.B.U.H)
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Every true muslim know him and he is the most influential Person(R.A) after Holly Prophet(PBUH).
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Imam Ali Report Abuse
Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib (Arabic: علي بن أﺑﻲ طالب; Transliteration: ʿAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib; 13th Rajab, 24 BH–21st Ramaḍān, 40 AH; approximately October 23, 598 or 600 or March 17, 599 – January 27, 661) was the cousin and son-in-law of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, and ruled over the Islamic Caliphate from 656 to 661. Sunni Muslims consider Ali the fourth and final of the Rashidun (rightly guided Caliphs), while Shi'a Muslims regard Ali as the first Imam and consider him and his descendants the rightful successors to Muhammad, all of which are members of the Ahl al-Bayt, the household of Muhammad. This disagreement split the Ummah (Muslim community) into the Sunni and Shi'a branches.
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Imam Husayn Report Abuse
Husayn ibn ‘Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib (Arabic: حسين بن علي بن أﺑﻲ طالب‎)‎ (3rd Sha'aban 4 AH - 10th Muharram 61 AH; 8 January 626 CE - 10 October 680 CE) was the son of ‘Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib (final Rashidun Caliph and first Shia Imam) and Fātimah Zahrā (daughter of the Islamic prophet Muhammad). Husayn is an important figure in Islam as he is a member of the Ahl al-Bayt (the household of Muhammad) and Ahl al-Kisa, as well as being a Shia Imam, and one of The Fourteen Infallibles of Shia Twelvers. He is recognized as the 'Martyr Of Martyrs' by both Sunni and Shia. The anniversary of his Shahid (martyrdom) is called Ashura (tenth day of Muharram) and is a day of mourning for Muslims.
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Jibanananda Das Report Abuse
Jibanananda Das is perhaps the greatest poet of the 20th century. Das is one of world literatures most accomplished poets,short story writers and novelists. Das is very badly neglected due to lack of translations.
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Napolean Bonaparte Report Abuse
Military leader, Napoleonic code.
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This is a list about influence not whether the person was a good person or not.
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Napoleon has nothing to do with Hitler ! He's been a stage of transition from monarchy to republic. He never killed millions of people ! he has free millions of people. Napoleon was progress.
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From what I recall, this list is about the most "influential" people of all time- not the "nicest" people. Whether or not you like it, both Napolean AND Hitler should be close to the top of this list. They influenced millions to follow them blindly and performed acts that shaped our future forever. If that is not "influential" I don't know what is....
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Napoleon never attempted genocide...
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Seeing as this man is an evil man who killed millions of innocent people, I would have to disagree with this. It is like putting Hitler on this list.
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Absolutely one of the greatest people... ever.
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Wellington, when asked who he thought was the greatest general of the age, replied 'In this age, in past ages, in any age, Napoleon'.
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The madonna Report Abuse
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as in the mother of Jesus!
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Ted Nugent Report Abuse
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the motor city madman
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Orville and Wilbur Wright Report Abuse
Built the first airplane that flew for 12 seconds.
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This is not True It was actually Gustav Whitehead a German immigrant who flew a much more successful plane before the Wright Brothers. The Wright brothers only get credit because of their intelligent use of the media.
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Alberto Santos Dumont was the first man to build an airplane that flew for real.
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John McCain Report Abuse
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war hero
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Ivan Petrovich Pavlov Report Abuse
Russian psychologist,Behaviourism, His influential work Lectures on Conditioned Reflexes lead to psychometry.
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The 3 stooges Report Abuse
no, not pelosi,obama and hilary. the original larry Moe and Curly
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The Truth!!
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unnecessary disrespect
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George S Patton Report Abuse
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He ordered his men not to make prisoners and to show no mercy. That is why his men murdered without having to fear consequences. Check it!
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Taslima Nasreen. Report Abuse
Great defender of human rights,reason and gender equality , Taslima Nasreen is one of the world's most notable intellectuals and authors.
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Ronnie Van Zandt Report Abuse
Lynyrd Skynyrd
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wow! i cant believe this is, but I'm not arguing it. One awesome singer - frontman.... but if we're going to include musicians, what about miles, hendrix, coltrane, etc. etc. etc.
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Dr. Michael E. Debakey Report Abuse
Medical Pioneer. World-renowned Lebanese-American cardiac surgeon, innovator, scientist, medical educator, and international medical statesman.
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Donald Young Report Abuse
search his name along with obama
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Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay Report Abuse
One of the towering geniuses of world literature, Chattopadhyay was a great novelist, short story writer and essayist.
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David McKieman Report Abuse
David McKiernan helped NATO win in Kosovo with smart thinking and a willingness to bring unpleasant news to his superiors.
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aishwarya rai Report Abuse
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she is the most beautiful missworld in the world .she got gold medals in the race of most beautiful missworld in history in 2000.she is also a no.1 actress in bollywood .she is also a holywood actress her latest hollywood film is pink panther......she is the highest paid actress in india n doin a film related with taj mahal
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Sarah Michelle Gellar Report Abuse
Creator of Martial Arts, Indoor Plumbing, and the Voyager 6 Deep-Space Probe , Inventor of Bricks and Masonry, the Waiting-Room in Doctors Offices, and Nintendo Game Systems, and Writer of "The Grapes of Wraith", "The Kama Sutra, and "The Aeneid.
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John Glenn Report Abuse
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Abraham Mapu Report Abuse
Novelist,Ahavat Zion, Hebrew Literature,the influence is carried over in I L Peretz, Shumel Agnon, Amos Oz etc.
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Grumpy Jenkins Report Abuse
Inventor, racer
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Buddhadheva Bose. Report Abuse
Buddhadheva Bose is a notable author of novels and poetry in world literature. Bose is one of Asia's and the World's most accomplished poets.
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Oswald Boelcke Report Abuse
Aviation pioneer, tutor of the red baron
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Queen Elizibeth Report Abuse
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Dale Earnhardt Report Abuse
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Bob Dole Report Abuse
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Edward Coke Report Abuse
Jurist,Attorney General UK then chief justice common pleas and later Kings Bench.National liberties champion,was dismissed in 1617 and from 1620 lead the popular party in parliament. The Petition of Rights is credited to him.
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Neil Armstrong Report Abuse
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Howard Carter Report Abuse
Found Tut
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Donald Rumsfeld Report Abuse
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Karl Rove Report Abuse
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Tutankhamun Report Abuse
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Joseph Stalin Report Abuse
officially killed 3m of his own. some estimates upwards of 30m. was the face of communism from 22'-53'
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Perhaps a bigger murderer than Hitler, gets a free pass from the leftist media because he was a commie.
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one of the biggest killers in history
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Mother Theresa Report Abuse
great lady of god
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much of the money, if not most, people gave to the hospitals were transmitted to the Vatican bank and the poor and sick did not get the benefit of it. She was more interested in making catholics than healing!
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she should be in the top 10 :/
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its shame for our indians no one vote from india
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Firdausi Report Abuse
Literature, Shah-nameh
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Chris Chrisitie Report Abuse
Good Man, helped me in my environmental work!
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Shawn Hanity Report Abuse
made me see the TRUTH!
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Garry Kasparov Report Abuse
Russian chess player, FIDE world champion since 1985 to 2000. Peal ELo rating: 2851 ("best chess player of all time")
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T. Boone Pickens Report Abuse
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DR.Ron Paul Report Abuse
Good man.
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St Anistasia Report Abuse
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Stevie Ray Vaughan Report Abuse
best Guitarist ever
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Jim Morrison Report Abuse
poet
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Sammy Hagar Report Abuse
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Gary Sinise Report Abuse
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Glenn Beck Report Abuse
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Smokey Yunick Report Abuse
Inventor, racer, WW2 pilot
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