Who’s Someone Who Did Amazing Things That History Pretty Much Forgot?

Published February 21, 2018
Updated October 29, 2019
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Annie Taylor
Audrey Munsen
Ching Shih Post
Who’s Someone Who Did Amazing Things That History Pretty Much Forgot?
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Thanks to record keeping, historical documents and word of mouth, there are interesting people from history that everyone knows about, like Galileo, Thomas Jefferson, Rosa Parks, or Henry Ford.

Most inventors, dignitaries, and social activists make a lasting impression on history. Their names make it into textbooks, classes and eventually become household names. They become so well known that when someone asks "who is the most interesting person in the world?" there's a chance that one of those people is the answer.

However, there are some interesting people who do amazing things and somehow never get remembered for them. Sometimes they were simply doing the right thing at the wrong time. Sometimes the fact that they were never credited was purely a mistake, or there was no one around to see their achievement.

Other times, their achievement was purposely erased from history due to social constraints. Many women or black people went uncredited for years following their discoveries or inventions or achievements, simply because society did not allow them to take credit for them.

Whatever the case, the point remains that history has forgotten a fair amount of people, who deserve to have their stories heard.

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