OT: G.O.A.T Historical Figures

Submitted by MichiganFan1984 on June 30th, 2018 at 7:44 PM

Hi everyone. I hope you’re enjoying your weekend. 

I thought I would bring back the GOAT series part 3. Part 1 was movies, part 2 was Actors.

Here we go.... the criteria is as follows; Cannot be a religious figure, or a president. I know a lot of those would fit, but sadly I don’t think a lot of people know how to handle it. If you do name a political figure (I didn’t eliminate them because we are already limiting ourselves here) please just leave a name and don’t argue with anyone or be rude. Also, it must be someone who you feel made a major contribution or impact to society or a played an important role in something. Lastly, it must be someone who has a Wikipedia page.... this way we don’t say a family member that nobody has heard of and they must be a real person. Ok... so let’s go top 3 only.

In order. 

1. MLK Jr.

2. Albert Einstein

3. Ben Franklin

Am I out of line with these? This was hard to narrow down to 3. 




July 1st, 2018 at 12:08 AM ^

There's an interesting book I've had for years called "The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential People in History" that has an interesting take on this. He notes that Christianity didn't spread because of Jesus, whose proselytizing was very limited geographically and didn't really convert that many people. It was Paul who took Christianity big time and made it spread out, so the two of them dilute each other in the rankings a bit (3 for JC, 6 for Paul).


June 30th, 2018 at 7:47 PM ^

so no religious figures but.....


Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. Wikipedia


June 30th, 2018 at 8:16 PM ^

Guttenberg for inventing movable type and the printing press.