The Most Influential Persons in History

People have always been influencing the world for the better or worse. While some have influenced us through religion, the others have influenced the world through science, arts, and politics. Here is a list of people whose pathbreaking works and thoughts have changed the course of mankind.

Birthday: 12 February 1809
Born In: Hodgenville, Kentucky, United States
Died On: 15 April 1865
Famous As: American President.
Decades after his death, Abraham Lincoln continues to influence people from different walks of life. Remembered as America's martyr hero, Abraham Lincoln is often ranked as the greatest US president.

Birthday: 15 January 1929
Born In: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Died On: 04 April 1968
Famous As: Civil Rights Activist

Martin Luther King's view on equality and its effect on America makes him one of the most influential activists of all time. The third Monday of every January is observed as 'Martin Luther King Jr. Day' and is an American federal holiday.

Birthday: 14 March 1879
Born In: Ulm, Kingdom of W├╝rttemberg, German Empire
Died On: 18 April 1955
Famous As: Physicist

Theoretical physicist Albert Einstein is considered one of the greatest minds humanity has seen in recent history. While some of his theories and principles are pillars of modern physics, others revolutionized physics and led to the development of quantum mechanics.

Birthday: 15 April 1452
Born In: Anchiano, Italy
Died On: 02 May 1519
Famous As: Polymath

One of the greatest painters of all time, Leonardo da Vinci continues to influence modern artists. His paintings, the most famous being 'Mona Lisa,' attract art lovers from all over the world.

Birthday: 10 July 1856
Born In: Smiljan, Austrian Empire (modern-day Croatia)
Died On: 07 January 1943
Famous As: Inventor, Father of Radio
Nikola Tesla's alternating current (AC) induction motor continues to play an important role in today's world. Many of his inventions, which were considered futuristic during his time, have gained popularity since the 1990s.