14 Interesting People That History Somehow Forgot

Published November 7, 2017
Updated May 7, 2024

History may have forgotten them, but we haven't. Meet 14 interesting people who never got the credit they deserved.

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Whether they come from the realms of government, science, military, or elsewhere, there are interesting people from history that almost everyone knows about, like Galileo, Thomas Jefferson, Rosa Parks, or Henry Ford.

Countless inventors, dignitaries, and social activists have made a lasting impression on history. Their stories make it into textbooks and classrooms, and they eventually become household names. Some become so well known that if someone were to ask, "who is the most interesting person in the world?" there's a chance that one of those people would be 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. Many women and Black people, for instance, went uncredited for decades or even centuries 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 unfairly forgotten a large amount of people who deserve to have their stories heard. Despite their absence from most history books, they remain some of the most interesting figures in history.

Enjoy this article on interesting people? Next, discover some of the world's most interesting facts. Then, read about some of history's most interesting events.

Katie Serena
A former staff writer at All That's Interesting, Katie Serena has also published work in Salon.
John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.
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Serena, Katie. "14 Interesting People That History Somehow Forgot." AllThatsInteresting.com, November 7, 2017, https://allthatsinteresting.com/interesting-people. Accessed June 25, 2024.