Last Updated on September 19, 2019
Throughout the years, there have been many people who were capable to change the world and turn the planet earth upside down (metaphorically, of course!), some for the better and some for the worse. In both cases, we can’t deny that the existence of these people was extremely important to be where we are now!
Time Magazine has published a list in 1999 of the people, from all races, who are recognized for their unbelievable efforts to change the world: Some were capable to inspire us, challenge us, and help us grow. While others managed to scare us and teach us the right way to live, love, and survive…
The 20th century was filled with major changes and unlimited ups and downs, but now that we are here, we thought to mention the most influential people in order to be inspired by them, learn from them, and be capable to change the world like them (or better)!
The last name can be enough for many people to recognize what this person has done for the world: Henry Ford is the founder of the Ford Motor Company, an American industrialist, and sponsor of the assembly line technique’s development of mass production.
Henry was not a politician or a leader, but he was the man who invented a vehicle that transformed the face of the automobile world.
According to a survey conducted in 1999 among Americans, Henry Ford made it to the list of the Widely Admired People of the 20th century.
9Muhammad Ali Jinnah
The most popular figure in the history of Indo-Pak subcontinent is Muhammad Ali Jinnah. This man was a great lawyer, leader, and politician.
He served the All-India Muslim League as a leader from 1913 until 1947 –the independence day of Pakistan to be exact, then he became the first Governor-General of Pakistan from independence to his last day.
He was known in Pakistan as the Great Leader and Father of the Nation due to his great achievements.
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Mao Zedong is a Chinese political theorist and communist revolutionary who changed China! In 1949, he became the founding father of the Republic of China’s the People from its establishment, and he governed an entire country as the Communist Party’s Chairman of China until the last day of his life.
Mao is considered as one of the most influential people that have ever lived in the 20th century, especially that he brought China under unified standards and became a legend of a leader; he was capable to lead the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese revolution effectively!
7The Wright Brothers
The Wright Brothers, Orville, and Wilbur are without a doubt some of the most important people in the 20th century. They were siblings, inventors, and aviation pioneers who created one of the most significant inventions in the 20th century and the history: The airplane!
They started from a mere bicycle repair shop, ended up doing research in the field airplane development, and then created the first ‘heavier-than-air’ airplane. The Wright Brothers took the human race into a whole, different chapter where flying is a possibility!
This Austrian-born German leader of the Nazi Party, Adolf Hitler, is obviously one of the most popular personalities due to what he has done in the 20th century.
Hitler was the center of Nazi Germany, the Holocaust, and World War II Europe. Basically, he started the biggest war the planet has ever seen which changed the face of the world.
He was the reason for many horrible crimes and terrifying experiments that, to this day, people can’t get over yet. This is why Hitler is often criticized for being the cruelest ruler in history.
On April 30th, 1945, he committed suicide, but there are still a few mysteries upon that case!
The successful leader of the United Kingdom during the Second World War, Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician, Prime Minister (from 1940 to 1945), sound statesmen, army officer, and also a writer who won the Nobel Prize in literature… That’s a man who deserves to be recognized!
Winston was elected to be a leader halfway through the War, but he proved to be one of the bests as he was the biggest strength for Allies and Britishers all over the world.
4Franklin D. Roosevelt
If you are into history, then you already know Who Franklin D. Roosevelt as he was the world events’ central figure during the mid-20th century. Franklin was the 32nd president of the U.S.A, from 1933 to 1945 and he led the country during a worldwide economic depression and total war.
He is the center of debate whether he was a good president or not, but in both cases, no one can deny he was democratic, most revolutionary, and he won two wards while helping the USA to get out of the depression by progressive policies and norms.
Moreover, Franklin created a Social Security system that helped senior citizens, and therefore, stimulated the Golden Age of production and novelty in America!
Mahatma Gandhi is one of the most popular pacifists who have ever lived and one of Indian’s most important political figures. He is known as the Father of the Nation in India because he was one of the greatest leaders and father-figure of Indian Independence Movement.
Gandhi is known for his strong beliefs that were mostly against violence and civil disobedience, and thanks to him, India got its independence in 1947.
If you look him up, you will find many inspirational, peaceful, and wise quotes by him that can change your perspective in life. He didn’t only change India, but the lives of many people around the world!
Nelson Mandela is a former president of South Africa, politician, revolutionary, and anti-apartheid activist. Mandela was the first to be elected in a fully representative and multiracial election. His main focus was to cut poverty, racism, and inequality.
He served as the African National Congress’ president for 9 years (1990-1999), and he received up to 100 awards and honors. But Mandela’s most notable achievement was the Nobel Peace Prize, which made him an influential person during the 20th century.
Of course, Sir Albert Einstein and his incredible IQ!
Albert Einstein is the most influential man of the 20th century because he revolutionized scientific thought and became the father of Modern Physics. But what made him loved is his down-to-earth sense of humor.
Einstein was a scientist of people, despite being one of the most intelligent men, he was very approachable. Perhaps it is because of his disheveled clothing and uncombed hair, but all his life, he worked hard to understand the world around him.
As a result, he developed the Theory of Relativity that opened doors for the creation of the atomic bomb. Of course, Einstein received a Nobel Prize in 1921 for his contribution to the field of Theoretical Physics!