People who changed the world in the 20th Century

  1. Winston Churchill – Leader of Great Britain during World War Two
  2. Adolf Hitler – Leader of Nazi Germany 1933-45
  3. Nelson Mandela – First President of post-apartheid South Africa
  4. Joseph Stalin – Leader of Soviet Union from 1924 to 1953
  5. Martin Luther King – Prominent Civil rights activist in the US
  6. Mikhail Gorbachev – Leader of Soviet Union from 1985-91. Oversaw transition to democracy and collapse of Berlin Wall.
  7. Woodrow Wilson – US President during First World War and supporter of The League of Nations.
  8. Chairman Mao – Leader of Communist China and instigator of Cultural Revolution.
  9. Mother Teresa – Humanitarian and charity worker
  10. Bill Gates – Founder of Microsoft
  11. Rosa Parks – Civil rights campaigner, fighting against segregation in the deep south of America
  12. Princess Diana – Wife of Prince Charles and noted humanitarian worker.
  13. Oscar Wilde – Writer, wit and poet.
  14. Boris Yeltsin – First Russian leader of post-Communist era.
  15. Margaret Thatcher First female Prime Minister of UK during 1980s
  16. Charles de Gaulle – Leader of Free French forces in WWII and President in 1960s.
  17. George Orwell – Political writer. Famous for Animal Farm and 1984.
  18. Queen Elizabeth II – British monarch from 1950s onwards.
  19. John M Keynes – Revolutionary economist advocating government intervention to end depressions.
  20. Konrad Adenauer – First leader of Germany after fall of Hitler’s regime.
  21. Leo Tolstoy – Author of War and Peace and advocate of non-violent resistence which influenced Gandhi.
  22. Mahatama Gandhi – Leader of Indian independence movement.
  23. Albert Einstein – Scientist whose theory of relativity paved the way for the atomic bomb.
  24. Ataturk – Father of modern Turkey.
  25. Pablo Picasso – Influential twentieth century artists.
  26. Franklin D. Roosevelt – US President during 1930s and WWII
  27. Pope John Paul II – High profile pope during 1980s and 1990s.
  28. Mohammed Ali – Boxer and figure for civil rights movement.
  29. Aung San Suu Kyi – Leader of Burmese opposition.
  30. John F. Kennedy – US president 1961-63 until his assassination.
  31. Lyndon Johnson – US president 1963-68 introduced civil rights legislation.
  32. Indira Gandhi – Indian female Prime Minister
  33. Eva Peron – First lady of Argentina
  34. Dwight D. Eisenhower – Allied commander, and US President
  35. Tim Berners Lee – Inventor of the world wide web
  36. Benazir Bhutto – Pakistan PM
  37. Desmond Tutu – South African apartheid campaigner
  38. Kofi Annan – United Nations secretary general
  39. Dalai Lama – 14th Dalai Lama. Political and spiritual leader of Tibet
  40. Barack Obama – US president.
  41. Albert Schweitzer – humanitarian and philosopher
  42. J.R.R.Tolkien – Author
  43. Malcolm X – Black power activist
  44. Lech Walesa – Leader of Solidarity movement in Poland during 1980s /90s
  45. Florence Nightingale – Nurse and humanitarian
  46. J.K.Rowling – Author of Harry Potter series
  47. Marie Curie – Nobel prize winning scientist
  48. Elvis Presley – Pop star
  49. Emile Zatopek – Olympic athlete
  50. Pele – Greatest footballer of century
  51. Jesse Owens – Iconic 100 meter runner, who upset Hitler’s Olympic games.
  52. Ernest Hemingway – Author
  53. John Lennon – Musician
  54. Henry Ford – Businessman
  55. General Patton – US General
  56. Haile Selassie – Leader of Ethiopia
  57. Madonna – Pop idol
  58. Oprah Winfrey – chat show host and influential US TV presenter.
  59. Roger Bannister – First man to break four minute mile
  60. Billie Jean King – US tennis player and campainger for equal rights for women
  61. Richard Branson – UK entrepreneur
  62. Anne Frank – Wrote influential diary about hiding from Nazi persecution.
  63. Marilyn Monroe – Movie star
  64. Sri Aurobindo – Early political leader of India and later spiritual philosopher.
  65. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi – Advocate of meditation.
  66. Tony Blair – UK Prime Minister
  67. Hilary Clinton – US Foreign secretary of state.
  68. Coco Chanel – Fashion designer
  69. Virginia Woolf – Author
  70. Germaine Greer – Author
  71. Beatrix Potter – Author
  72. Bob Geldof – Musician and aid campaigner
  73. Paul McCartney – Musician
  74. Nehru – Indian Politician
  75. Vladimir Putin – Russian politician
  76. Lawrence of Arabia – British officer and supporter of the Arabs
  77. Wilfred Owen – Realist war poet
  78. Bernard Montgomery – British general during WWII
  79. Salvidor Dali – modern artist
  80. Sting – Musician and charity worker

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