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Forgotten Heroes

Thu, 25 Sep 2008

My local school had a vote last academic year to name each of the buildings on their campus. This was based around "inspiring" people (or even "heroes") and the following won the vote:

1. Edmund Hillary
2. David Livingstone
3. Ellen MacArthur
4. Christopher Columbus
5. Neil Armstrong

An intriguing list of names for sure and not necessarily what you might expect, however it got me thinking about those that you might call "forgotten heroes." Similar exploits, but not the fame. So from the list above, I'm building the "alternative" list below and wondered if anyone else had forgotten heroes to add.

1. Jacques Piccard and US Navy Lt. Donald Walsh: first descent of the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on the surface of the Earth's crust (~11,000 m), January 23 1960. Intriguingly in the same timeframe as the ascent of Everest.
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5. Surely Yuri Gagarin was ranked a fair bit higher. First person in space and all. A very big moment.

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