Everyone knows the story of George Washington chopping down his cherry tree, or the horrors of some of the evillest men to live and control countries and empires, but what about the men who get left out of the story? Forgotten and pushed aside in favor of a man with a bigger ego or louder mouth?
Well, they are forgotten no longer. Within this list, you'll find men who fought in World War II and Vietnam without ever losing their moral compass. You'll meet the man who chaired the United States Senate Inquiry into the RMS Titanic disaster and some of those who survived the sinking. You'll meet Nobel Prize winners and Egyptologists, a janitor whose artwork was discovered after he died and is now seen as a master of his craft, and learn the true, tragic story behind the man who voiced Peter Pan in Disney's cartoon.
You may not find these men in your history textbooks in school, but that doesn't mean their stories are any less important.
So, here's to you, the men of the shadows, forgotten no longer.
First 100 Entries:
- Desmond Doss, the First Conscientious Objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor
- Thomas W Bennett, Conscientious Objector and Medal of Honor Recipient
- Joseph LaPointe Jr, Conscientious Objector and Medal of Honor Recipient
- Paul Rusesabinga, Human Rights Advocate in his Native Rwanda
- Bayard Rustin, Civil Rights Advocate and LGBT+ Icon
- August Landmesser, if only we could all be this brave
- Raoul Wallenberg, He is credited with saving around 100,000 Hungarian Jews in Six Months
- Wade Watts, The Man Who Defined Forgiveness
- Jean Laborde, The Man Who Industrialized Madagascar
- Father Damien, Savior to the Lepers
- Heyward Shepherd, The Forgotten Victim of the Raid on Harper's Ferry
- Lewis W Washington, Genealogy Isn't Everything
- Mike Rowe, Oh come on, you know who he is!
- Albert Camus, this whole entry is absurd!
- Wilhelm Krützfeld, the New Synagogue Thanks you
- Saint Lawrence, don't you touch his books
- Eduard Einstein, the forgotten Einstein son
- Ota Benga, this story will make you sick...with fury
- Don Wildman, again, you know who he is!
- Tom Sawyer, no not that Tom Sawyer
- Anton Yelchin, we will always miss you
- Julian Assange, *Cue angry comments in 3...2...1*
- Elie Wiesel, Nobel Prize winning author and teacher
- Albert Goring, remember his name, not his brother's
- Alan Turing, Please tell me you watched The Imitation Game ?
- Robert Jan Van Pelt, Auschwitz historian who doesn't bend to history deniers
- Jan Zabinski, Zookeeper of the Warsaw Zoo
- Erwin Rommel, The Desert Fox
- Henri Mouhot, You've heard of Angkor Wat because of him
- Walter Hunt, seriously, what didn't this guy invent?
- John Thayer III, RMS Titanic Survivor
- John B Ryerson, RMS Titanic Survivor
- William Coutts Jr, RMS Titanic Survivor
- William Carter, RMS Titanic Survivor
- John Collins, RMS Titanic Survivor
- Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter
- Charles Stratton, PT Barnum's greatest asset
- Nick D'Aloisio, Who says teens can't make their dreams come true?
- Steve Buscemi, more than an actor
- Eugene Lazowski, he went above and beyond his calling as a doctor
- Nick Yarris, And people say we don't need a reform of the Criminal Justice System
- Oscar Swahn, who says old age means the end of the road?
- Timothy O'Sullivan, A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
- James Dunwoody Bulloch, The Confederate Navy's Greatest Asset
- Oskar Schindler, You've seen Schindler's List, right?
- Harold Baumgarten, Who says bullets can stop a man?
- John Peter Zenger, Free Speech For Me!
- Bradley Willman, Trojan Viruses can actually be helpful
- William Ellison, Well there went the narrative
- Albert Brown, Now this is a Dentist I Like
- George Francis Train, Crazy? Pssh, I think you mean genius
- Tuvia Bielski, Daniel Craig plays him in the movie
- Jeff Cooper, this one's for you Dad
- Auguste Mariette, "that belongs in a museum!"
- Henry Darger, Total recluse? Yes. Sci-Fi Extraordinaire Artist? Also yes.
- Nicholas Winton, Going Above and Beyond to Save the Children
- Stand Watie, what was it about that political narrative again?
- Do Won Chang, The American Dream is Alive and Well
- Greg Louganis, The Actual G.O.A.T (Of Diving)
- Owen Suskind, Autism doesn't mean a thing
- Mikhail Romanov, the reluctant Tsar
- Peter Carl Faberge, The man behind...the egg?
- Albert Woolson, the last man who fought in the War Between the States
- Ranald Mackenzie, who cares about Custer once you've heard this story?
- Earl Olsen, he tried so hard to save Joe Kennedy Jr...so hard
- Wilford Willy, and he died alongside Joe Kennedy Jr
- Barnes Wallis, he created the Bouncing Bombs
- John Glenn, that's one small step for a man
- Zahi Hawass, if I could meet anyone alive today, it would be him
- Seth McKee, he was the highest ranking survivor of D-Day at the time of his death
- Bobby Driscoll, you think Disney channel stars are screwed up now? Wait till you hear his story
- Wallace Hartley, The Band Leader aboard the RMS Titanic
- R Lee Ermey, Gunnery Sergeant
- Ryan White, he fought to end the stigma of HIV/AIDS and brought new awareness and education towards the disease
- Khaemweset, the first Egyptologist
- Andrew Breitbart, founder of Breitbart News
- Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon
- Frank Buckles, the last American veteran of World War I
- Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr, Died 175 Years After His Grandfather, the 10th US President, Left Office
- Harrison Ruffin Tyler, a living grandson of the tenth US president
- Daryl Davis, he's talked to over 200 members of the KKK; and they gave up their robes afterward
- Douglas Pitt, He's so much more than the Other Pitt
- Ben Thompson, Who says a gunslinger can't also be a protector of women?
- Patrick Henry, He protected his wife when most others would have thrown her out
- Ub Iwerks, the real mastermind behind the world's most beloved Mouse
- Willem Arondeus, Gay, resistance fighter, artist, need I say more?
- Father James Coyle, he was murdered for an act of kindness
- Theodore Roosevelt Jr, even more bada** than his father
- Justin Wren, The Big Pygmy
- Arthur H Rostron, Captain of the RMS Carpathia--the ship that rescued Titanic's victims
- Guy Taylor, he played Taps every night for six years to honor those who never came home
- Trevor Habberstad, Stunt Coordinator whose brief life will never be forgotten
- Bill Paxton, he brought history and SciFi characters to life in a way so few did
- Motke Zeidel, the last survivor of the Burning Brigade
- Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier of World War II
- Ben Kanahele, hero of the Ni'ihau Incident
- Edward Younger, the man who selected the first Unknown Soldier
- Richard Hart, Al Capone's oldest brother
- Ralph Teetor, The Man Who Invented Cruise Control
- Gary Staab, sculptor who brings the past to life
101) Capt Jacklyn Lucas, there's a reason his autobiography was entitled Indestructible
102: Colonel Gail Halvorsen, The Berlin Candy Bomber
103: John Walsh, Host of America's Most Wanted
104) Jack Van Arsdale, The Man Who Inspired Evacuation Day Celebrations
105: Philo Farnsworth, Inventor of the All-Electric Television Set
106: Thích Quảng Đức, the monk who committed self-immolation
107: Matt Shepard, his horrible murder sparked national attention, eventually culminating into Federal Laws to protect against hate crimes
108) Joseph Lister, the man who pioneered antiseptic medicine
109: Brushy Bill Roberts, the Man Who Claimed to be Billy the Kid
110: Joseph Goldberger, you don't know what pellagra is because of him (be thankful)
111: Henry Laurens, the first person to request to be cremated in the United States
112: Thomas Willard Ray, the only airman killed in the Bay of Pigs to have his body returned home
113: William L Rathje, his life's work was called The Garbage Project--yes really
114: Frank Lewis Mundus, he needed a bigger boat
115: Maurice Hilleman, anti-vaxxers hate him!
116: Captain Jack Kintpuash, Leader of the Modoc during the Modoc War
117: Samuel Scott, RMS Titanic's First Victim
118: Robert Moog, inventor of the synthesizer
119: Bill Goldfinch, he designed a glider to escape being a Nazi Prisoner of War
120: Henryk Ross, Photographer of the Łódź Ghetto
121: Abdul Sattar Edhi, now that's how you be a humanitarian
122: Alfred Wetzler, he escaped from Auschwitz and helped save thousands of Hungarian Jews as a result
123: Private John Williams, the last casualty of the War Between the States
124: Sergeant Brandon Mendoza, local police officer from Mesa, Arizona who will always be missed
125: Martin Couney, neonatal technician who never received any medical training
126: Saint Galgano, possibly the real King Arthur
127: William Moulton Marston, original creator of Wonder Woman
128: William Cody, otherwise known as Buffalo Bill
129: Alvin York, one of the most decorated soldiers from World War I
130: Ignaz Semmelweis, he told people washing your hands was a good idea
131: Tsutomu Yamaguchi, is it really luck that he survived both Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
132: Hans Scholl, a founding member of the White Rose Resistance Movement
133: Major Scott Smiley, he continued to serve after being blinded by a suicide car bomber
134: Jean-Francois Champollion, one of the most important figures in translating Egyptian Hieroglyphs
135: Sergeant First-Class Edward Carter Jr, Medal of Honor Recipient who was not awarded right until thirty years after he died
136: Abba Kovner, Founder of the Jewish Avengers
137: George Eastman, founder of the Eastman Kodak Printing Company
138: Harry Gordon Selfridge, Founder of Selfridge's Department Store
139: William Petrie, Egyptologist and expert on Bog Bodies
140: James Doohan, actor who was shot six times by friendly fire during D-Day
141: Yang Kyoungjong, Korean soldier who was forced into fighting for the Japanese, then Russian, then German Armies
142: James Wilson Marshall, he found the small sliver of gold that struck the '49 Rush
143: Georg Rauch, a Jewish soldier conscripted into the German Army
144: Hiroo Onoda, Japanese soldier from World War II who refused to surrender until 1974
145: Benjamin Ferencz, the last surviving prosecutor from the Nuremburg Trials
146: Lieutenant Simo Häyhä, possibly the deadliest sniper in world history
147: John Harington, the man who named his toilet Ajax (it also just happened to be the first flushing toilet)
148: Simon Wiesenthal, the Nazi Hunter
149: Rolf Mengele, he has tried to make amends for the sins of his father
150: Fritz Bauer, Jewish judge who was essential in seeing the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trials come to fruition
151: T. E. Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia
152: Colonel James Rowe, one of thirty-four prisoners to escape captivity during the Vietnam War
153: James Clerk Maxwell, without him you never would have heard of Einstein
154: Captain Witold Pilecki, volunteered to become a prisoner in Auschwitz
155: Lt. Col. John Malcolm Thorpe Fleming Churchill, he fought in World War II armed with bagpipes, a broadsword, and a longbow
156: András Toma, the last World War II Prisoner of War to be released from captivity (in 2000)
157: Father Suitbert Mollinger, he collected over 5,000 Catholic Relics in his church
158: Ruan An, one of the most important architects of the Forbidden City in China
159: Sergeant Charles Floyd, the only member of the Corps of Discovery to die
160: Martin Sklar, Disney's International Ambassador for Imagineering
161: Chiune Sugihara, he and his wife Yukiko are credited with saving 6,000 Jews during the Shoah
162: Jan Zwartendijk, worked alongside Sugihara to see 6,000 Jews survive the Shoah
163: Ray Chavez, at the time of his death he was the oldest living Pearl Harbor Veteran
164: Benjamin Lay, the Vegan Dwarf Quaker
165: Charles "Chick" Parsons, instrumental in helping General MacArthur return triumphantly to the Philippines during World War II
166: Jason Everman, he went from playing in bands like Nirvana & Soundgarden to serving as an Army Ranger & Green Beret
167: Walter Knott, the creator of Knott's Berry Farm themepark
168: Kevyn Aucoin, before there were James, Jeffree, and Manny, there was Kevyn
169: Major General Israel Putnam, "Don't Shoot Until You See the Whites of Their Eyes!"
170: Sergeant Sylvester Antolak, Medal of Honor recipient from World War II
171: Nathan "Nearest" Green, ever wonder how Jack Daniel learned to distill whiskey?
172: Helmuth Hübener, the youngest person to ever be executed by the Nazi's People's Court
173: William Alden Smith, the US Senator who oversaw the RMS Titanic Senate Inquiry into the disaster
174: Pete Kitchen, his ranch was the only safe place to stay between Tucson and Magdalena, Mexico for many years
175: Lorenzo Hubbell, trader and friend to the Navajo
176: Capt. Martin Van Buren Bates, the Kentucky River Giant
177: John Killian Wren, the first FBI Agent of Native American Heritage
178: Frederick Aiken, Mary Surratt's defense attorney
179: Qin Shi Huang, the Terracotta Army is in his tomb
180: Harry Burton, the photographer hired for most of the Egyptian excavations in the early 20th Century
181: Julien Bryan, documentarian who illegally recorded life inside Berlin
182: Frank Sprague, the Forgotten Hero of the American Subway
183: James Parks, a freedman who is prominently buried in Arlington National Cemetery
184: Henri Charrière, The Real Papillon
185: Priscillian, early Christian figure who was the first to receive capital punishment for heresy
186: Corporal Werner Dreschler, German Prisoner of War who was murdered at the Papago Park POW Camp in Arizona
187: Tripp Phillips, founder of Le-Glue
188: Matt Carriker, in his words, "Welcome to the Demolitia"
189: Psamtik I, founder of the 26th Dynasty of Ancient Egypt
190: Joachim Rønneberg, commander of Operation Gunnerside
191: Anthony Clifford Allison, geneticist who discovered the link between Malaria and Sickle Cell Disease
192: Francis Bannerman VI, builder of Bannerman's Castle
193: Sylvan Goldman, the inventor of the shopping cart
194: Second Lieutenant Eugene Bullard, the first man of African descent to become a combat pilot
195: Charles Crittenton, Founder of the National Florence Crittenton Mission
196: Mark Hogancamp, the real man behind Welcome to Marwin
197: Richard Overton, when he died he was the oldest World War II veteran still alive
198: Rodney Marks, the only person ever murdered at the South Pole
199: Józef Piłsudski, the first leader of a unified Modern Poland
200: Robert Irwin, Nature Conservationist and Photographer
That's All for Now Folks!
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