Obama-1st african american president of the US
Mohandas Ghandi -led indians to their freedom
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Below is a list of 5 famous people based on the results of my query. I have also included links to the wikipedia entries of each famous person from enotes.com. The wikipedia entries of the 5 famous people were found by performing another simple search on enotes using their names.
1. Martin Luther King, Jr. - African-American activist who helped lead the civil rights movement in the United States during the 1950's and 60's.
2. Harriet Tubman -African-American abolitionist during the American Revolution, who helped to free slaves using the Underground Railroad.
3. Franklin D. Roosevelt -32nd American President famous for leading the U.S. out of the Great Depression and throughout WWII.
4. Andy Warhol - American artist that led the pop art movement of the 1950's.
5. Cesar Chavez - Mexican-American labor leader who fought for the worker's rights of Latino farm workers and became the best known Latino civil rights activist.
Hopefully, this can get you started and if you need a longer list you can add to it using the basic research process above and wonderful resources on enotes.com.
Have fun learning!
Here is a partial list of firsts by Ohioan's, from my Ohio Almanac.
John Glenn, 1st person to orbit the Earth and also 1st person to fly across the U.S. at Supersonic speed.
Neil Armstrong, 1st human to set foot on another world, the Earth's Moon.
The Wright Brothers, 1st persons to build/fly a heavier than air craft.
Barney Oldfield, 1st person to drive an automobile a mile a minute.
Jerrie Mack, 1st woman to fly solo around the world.
William Howard Taft, 1st (and only) President of the United States who was also Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
Oh, concerning John Glenn, 1st AMERICAN to orbit the Earth, not THE first human to do so, that was Yuri Gagarin, USSR.
Alan Shepherd, of NASA, only made a suborbital flight.
I think the best way for you to compromise a list is by having this question moved to the Discussion section of History. By doing this, you will most likely get a list compromised of many different people, with different backgrounds, and different significations.
1. Dolly: The first cloned being (1996). Not human, but a great first nonetheless.
2. Geraldine Ferraro: The first female Vice-Presidential Candidate (1984).
3. Barbara Walters : The first female nighttime news anchor (1976).
4. Sandra Day O'Connor: The first female Supreme Court Justice (1981).
5. Louise Brown: The first "Test-Tube Baby," she was born in England in 1978.
6. John Mercer Langston: The first locally elected African American official (1855, Ohio).
7. Colin Powell: First African American Secretary of State (2001).
8. Condoleezza Rice: First African American woman to be elected to Secretary of State (2005).
9. Ralph J. Bunche: First African American to win the Nobel Peace Prize (1950).
10. Thomas L. Jennings: First African American to hold a patent (1821).
11. Lucy Terry: First African American poet (1746).
12. Phillis Wheatley: First African American published poet (1773).
queen elizabeth 2: queen of england
What about including inventors:
1. Louis Daguerre - the inventor of the first photograph, the daguerrotype
2. The Wright Brothers - who invented a plane that would develop flight as a reality.
3. Thomas A. Edison - inventor of many, many things. Of course, his light bulb is the most famous.
4. Heinrich Göbel - the inventor of the incandescent light bulb.
Then in the United States, there are the famous forefathers of this country:
1. George Washington - Great general of the Revolution; first President of the U.S.
2. Thomas Jefferson - tremendous statesman, briliant philosopher; president of the country
3. Benjamin Franklin - phenomenal statesman, ambassador, inventor, author, philosopher
4. Thomas Paine - author of The Rights of Man, Common Sense, The Age of Reason, Paine was a great mind whose thoughts were so revered that they were included in the formation of French revolutionary thought. He was also an inventor.
5. Patrick Henry - a Colonist who defines American patriotism and courage.
Finally, a famous humanitarian, Mother Teresa.
Two unsung heroes:
Alan Turing (1912-1954) English mathematician, crypotologist, and computer scientist. His breaking the German Enigma code machine in 1940 gave Great Britain (and then the United States) complete information regarding German military movements for the rest of World War II.
William Dawes (1745-1799) American Patriot. The other Midnight Rider who warned the colonists that the British were advancing, but unlike Paul Revere, did not get a poem written that would immortalize him.
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