The 100 Most Significant Figures in History

Time Magazine's 100 Most Significant Figures in History. How many can you name?
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Last updated: May 23, 2021
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A central figure in Christianity and is emulated as the incarnation of God by many Christians all over the world
Jesus Christ
A French military general, the first emperor of France and one of the world's greatest military leaders
Napoleon Bonaparte
The prophet and founder of Islam
Often called England's national poet, he is considered the greatest dramatist of all time
William Shakespeare
The 16th president of the United States
Abraham Lincoln
The first president of the United States
George Washington
The leader of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
An Ancient Greek philosopher and scientist who is still considered one of the greatest thinkers in politics, psychology and ethics
An ancient Macedonian ruler and one of history’s greatest military minds
Alexander the Great
Author of the Declaration of Independence and the third U.S. president
Thomas Jefferson
He famously married a series of six wives in his search for political alliance
Henry VIII
Best known for his contributions to the science of evolution
Charles Darwin
The Virgin Queen
Elizabeth I
Author of The Communist Manifesto
Karl Marx
Killed on the Ides of March
Julius Caeser
Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and empress of India
Queen Victoria
He nailed his '95 Theses' to a church door in 1517, sparking the Protestant Reformation
Martin Luther
Ruled the Soviet Union for more than two decades, instituting a reign of death and terror while modernizing Russia and helping to defeat Nazism
Joseph Stalin
A physicist who developed the general theory of relativity
Albert Einstein
Italian explorer who discovered the 'New World' of the Americas
Christopher Columbus
Most famous for his three basic laws of gravity
Isaac Newton
Expanded the Frankish kingdom, eventually establishing the Carolingian Empire
A New York governor who became the 26th U.S. president
Theodore Roosevelt
A prolific artist, an Austrian composer who created a string of operas, concertos, symphonies and sonatas that profoundly shaped classical music
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ancient Greek philosopher who founded the Academy and is the author of philosophical works of unparalleled influence in Western thought
He revoked the Edict of Nantes and is known for his aggressive foreign policy
Louis XIV
German composer whose Symphony 5 is a beloved classic
Ludwig van Beethoven
Served as U.S. general and commander of the Union armies during the late years of the American Civil War, later becoming the 18th U.S. president
Ulysses S. Grant
Renaissance artist and engineer, known for paintings like "The Last Supper" and "Mona Lisa"
Leonardo da Vinci
The first Roman emperor
He is known as the "father of modern taxonomy"
Carl Linnaeus
Helped redefine the purpose of government and pressured the Soviet Union to end the Cold War
Ronald Reagan
Author of 'Great Expectations'
Charles Dickens
A Christian apostle who spread the teachings of Jesus in the first-century world
Best known as one of the Founding Fathers who never served as president
Benjamin Franklin
The 43rd president of the United States
George W. Bush
Twice named prime minister of Great Britain, he helped to defeat Nazi Germany in World War II
Winston Churchill
Mongolian warrior and ruler who created the largest empire in the world, the Mongol Empire
Genghis Khan
A king of England, Scotland and Ireland, whose conflicts with parliament and his subjects led to civil war and his execution
Charles I
Credited with inventions such as the first practical incandescent light bulb and the phonograph
Thomas Edison
First Stuart king of England
James I
German philosopher who is known for his writings on good and evil
Friedrich Nietzsche
His "New Deal" led the nation through the Great Depression
Franklin D. Roosevelt
An Austrian neurologist best known for developing the theories and techniques of psychoanalysis
Sigmund Freud
A Founding Father, a Constitutional Convention delegate, author of the Federalist papers and the first secretary of the U.S. treasury
Alexander Hamilton
The primary leader of India’s independence movement and also the architect of a form of nonviolent civil disobedience
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
The 28th U.S. president, led America through World War I
Woodrow Wilson
A magnificent baroque-era composer, he is revered through the ages for his work's musical complexities and stylistic innovations
Johann Sebastian Bach
An Italian astronomer, mathematician, physicist, philosopher and professor
Galileo Galilei
Ruled the British Isles as Lord Protector from 1653 until his death in 1658
Oliver Cromwell
The fourth U.S. president
James Madison
Born Siddhartha Gautama, his teachings serve as the foundation of the Buddhist religion
Gautama Buddha
Author of 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer'
Mark Twain
Author of 'The Tell-Tale Heart'
Edgar Allan Poe
Founder of Mormonism and the Latter Day Saint movement
Joseph Smith
Author of 'The Wealth of Nations'
Adam Smith
Described in the Hebrew Bible as king of the United Monarchy of Israel and Judah
Ruled the British kingdom through turbulent times, including the American Revolutionary War
George III
Author of 'Critique of Pure Reason'
Immanuel Kant
British navigator who charted New Zealand and Australia's Great Barrier Reef
James Cook
A Founding Father, the first vice president of the United States and the second president
John Adams
Best known for creating several complex operas, including 'Tristan and Isolde' and 'Ring Cycle'
Richard Wagner
His work includes the 'The Sleeping Beauty' and 'The Nutcracker'
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Author of 'Candide'
One of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ, and one of the first leaders of the early Church
Saint Peter
The seventh president of the United States
Andrew Jackson
Roman emperor who ruled early in the 4th century and also the first Christian emperor
Constantine I
Sentenced to death by hemlock poisoning
One of the biggest names in rock 'n' roll history
Elvis Presley
King of England from 1066 until his death in 1087
William the Conqueror
The 35th U.S. president
John F. Kennedy
A theologian, philosopher, and the bishop of Hippo Regius in Numidia
Augustine of Hippo
One of the world’s greatest artists, with paintings such as ‘Starry Night’ and ‘Sunflowers'
Vincent van Gogh
Instrumental in establishing the concept of a heliocentric solar system, in which the sun, rather than the earth, is the center of the solar system
Nicolaus Copernicus
Founder of the Russian Communist Party
Vladimir Lenin
The leading Confederate general during the U.S. Civil War
Robert E. Lee
Author of 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'
Oscar Wilde
The monarch of England, Scotland and Ireland during much of the latter half of the 17th century, marking the Restoration era
Charles II
Considered one of Rome's greatest orators and prose stylists
Author of 'A Discourse on the Arts and Sciences'
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
English Renaissance statesman and philosopher, best known for his promotion of the scientific method
Francis Bacon
The Watergate scandal
Richard Nixon
He was married to Marie Antoinette and was executed for treason by guillotine in 1793
Louis XVI
Was Holy Roman Emperor and Archduke of Austria from 1519
Charles V
His wife had an affair with Lancelot
King Arthur
Painter of the Sistine Chapel
The Philippines are named after him
Philip II
He is considered to be the greatest German literary figure of the modern era
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Founder of Sufism
Italian Dominican theologian who was one of the most influential medieval thinkers of Scholasticism
Thomas Aquinas
Made history in 1978 by becoming the first non-Italian pope in more than 400 years
Pope John Paul II
“I think; therefore I am"
René Descartes
A scientist whose inventions include alternating-current (AC) electricity, and the discovery of the rotating magnetic field
Nikola Tesla
Presided over the end of WWII and dropped the atomic bomb on Japan
Harry S. Truman
Martyr, saint and military leader, acting under divine guidance, led the French army to victory over the English during the Hundred Years' War
Joan of Arc
Author of 'The Divine Comedy'
Dante Alighieri
Germany's first-ever chancellor
Otto von Bismarck
The only president to serve two nonconsecutive terms
Grover Cleveland
Martin Luther's successor as the preeminent Protestant theologian
John Calvin
"Tabula Rasa"
John Locke
Level 74
May 31, 2021
It's Julius CaesAr, not CaesEr. Please fix.
Level 48
Jun 1, 2021
Fixed! Thank you.
Level 65
Sep 20, 2021
it is not "fixed". muhammad (muhammed) is also misspelled. if you are going to make this kind of quiz, at least leave some room for alternate spellings, and it would be nice to actually fix something before saying it's fixed.
Level 89
Aug 30, 2022
They omitted Gutenberg, Confucius, Gavrilo Principe, William Harvey, Cleopatra, Ramses, Machiavelli, Mao, Hannibal, Neil Armstrong, the Wright and the Montgolfier Brothers, etc.?

It's a good thing they redeemed themselves by remembering Grover Cleveland was president in one country for two non-consecutive terms....

....and King Arthur who never even existed.

Level 89
Aug 30, 2022
Also it doesn't accept Julius Caesar, which is the correct spelling.
Level 48
Oct 24, 2022
I have it saved exactly as it is spelled. No idea why jetpunk is not accepting it
Level 48
Oct 24, 2022
This was Time magazine's article as said in the description of the quiz. I only wrote the questions.