<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent Politics & History Lists]]> http://www.ranker.com/list-of//politics--and--history http://www.ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com/list-of//politics--and--history <![CDATA[The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-u-s-presidents-from-best-to-worst
The Greatest United States Presidents in history, ranked from best to worst. Who's the greatest U.S. president? Anyone can vote on or make their own version of this collaborative list of the men who shaped American policy - a fascinating insight into all the US Presidents and how their presidencies were perceived. Who were the best presidents? We expect this list of the Chief Executives to change over time as history's perceptions also change.

And be sure to check out Ranker's ultimate list of the Worst-Ever US Presidents as well, for comparison's sake.
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Abraham Lincoln

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Franklin D. Roosevelt

George Washington

Harry S. Truman

James Madison

John F. Kennedy

Ronald Reagan

Theodore Roosevelt

Thomas Jefferson


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<![CDATA[The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-u-s-presidents-in-the-past-50-years
Who are the best U.S. presidents of the past 50 years? The presidents listed here are among the greatest leaders of the free world in modern history and are some of the best recent presidents. The men listed here are those who served as president since the early 1960s, so while Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower might have been excellent, they don't count -- at least, as far as this list is concerned. You can always go vote for these presidents (and more) on this list of the overall greatest U.S. presidents of all time.

What specific qualities determine whether a POTUS was great or not-so-hot? Factors to consider may vary and will often depend on your particular political affiliation. Certainly, voting on any good or bad list where a president is concerned is subjective.

Commitment to the betterment of the United States, an ability to lead under difficult or trying circumstances, and great character are just a few of the qualities people might consider when deciding on the president they think was the best. Over the past 50 years, 10 men have served as president -- some of them served for just one term and others served two full terms in office. Of these, only one can be top. . . so get voting!

If you're curious, you might want to see if any of the presidents listed here also appear on this list of the worst U.S. presidents of all time.


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Barack Obama

Bill Clinton

George H. W. Bush

George W. Bush

Gerald Ford

Jimmy Carter

Lyndon B. Johnson

Richard Nixon

Ronald Reagan


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<![CDATA[The Greatest Minds of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-minds-of-all-time/walter-graves
List of the Greatest Minds of All Time, throughout history. This list represents the most influential thinkers across various disciplines, ranked in a way that represents the power of their ideas and their impact on the world. The wisest men and women include top philosophers, physicists, famous poets, thinkers, teachers, physiologists, artists, inventors, engineers, the most irreplaceable CEOs in the world, economists and politicians and those whose talents span across many fields of study.

This list takes a historic perspective, so the greatest thinkers who are included on this list come from many different eras. The greatest minds of the 21st century may be quite different from great geniuses from the distant past, but each person should be judged within the context of the time that they were living. For example, inventing a new type of telephone in 2013 would not qualify one as "the most brilliant mind of all time," but in 1876 when Alexander Graham Bell first patented the telephone, it was an act of genius not seen before.

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Albert Einstein

Archimedes

Aristotle

Galileo Galilei

Isaac Newton

Leonardo da Vinci

Michelangelo

Nikola Tesla

Plato

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


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<![CDATA[The Worst U.S. Presidents]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-10-worst-u-s-presidents
The worst U.S. presidents of all time, measured by their negative impact on the nation, its citizens health and happiness, and its future prosperity. (In some cases – such as the popular selections of Warren G. Harding and Richard Nixon – the negative view of the president and his administration is due to various scandals and perceived corruption within its ranks. Nixon, of course, remains the only president to step down from the office amidst threats of impeachment.)

Much of a president's job – including serving as the figurative head of the American state and setting the nation's general legislative and diplomatic agenda – is sort of intangible and hard to evaluate in strict "good vs. bad" terms. This makes any list of the "best" or "worst" US presidents essentially subjective, and though there were administrations with a significant series of positive or negative outcomes, it's rarely clear just how much these had to do with the person in office and how many were simply due to accidents of fate or circumstance. Nonetheless, in particularly extraordinary cases – such as the administration of Abraham Lincoln, which kept the nation intact during the Civil War crisis, or the administration of Andrew Johnson immediately after that threatened the entire success of the Reconstruction project – it is clear which presidents did an overall good or bad job.

So who were the worst presidents of all time? We're ranking them here, based on your votes! When you've had enough political negativity, be sure to check out Ranker's ultimate uplifting presidential list: The Best US Presidents.
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Andrew Johnson

Barack Obama

Bill Clinton

George W. Bush

Herbert Hoover

James Buchanan

Jimmy Carter

Lyndon B. Johnson

Richard Nixon

Woodrow Wilson


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<![CDATA[36 Rare Photos From World War II]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/world-war-2-pictures/ashley-reign
Even decades after its end, World War 2 still strikes a chord in the hearts of people from all corners of the globe. For some, it was a time of epic heroism and a fight for morality and freedom. For others, it was a time when the darkest imaginations of the human soul came to life. Here, we’ve gathered a collection of rare World War 2 pictures that show both the depths of human evil, and the fierce goodness we can aspire to. More than anything, these pictures from the Second World War prove that greatness can be achieved when good men and women vow to fight against monstrosity.

In these stunning WW2 pictures, you’ll see the war through the eyes of people from all over the world. From the drawings of a young girl raised in a concentration camp, to the reactions of German POWs as they watch footage of what happened inside them, many of these incredible photos will leave you speechless. Though some of these images are graphic, those brave enough to face them will better understand the realities of a war far too important to be lost in time.

In a world that sometimes seems overrun by chaos, here you’ll find evidence that there is always hope, as long as those who stand for good continue to fight against the forces of evil. Though many are still stunned by the darkness that was revealed during the time, these WWII pictures will show you why it’s so important to remember history: it’s the only way to guarantee that some aspects of it are never repeated again.
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A German Soldier Sharing Bread with Russian Boy
This photo was taken in 1942, somewhere in the Volkhov area of Russia and shows a German soldier sharing bread with an orphaned boy.

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A Soviet Spy Laughing in the Face of Death
This photo was taken in November of 1942 in East Karelia and depicts a Soviet Spy laughing through his execution. It was declassified by the Ministry of Defense of Finland in the 2006, with the description: Unknown Soviet intelligence officer before being shot, Finland, 1942.

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Aleksandra Samusenko, a Female Tank Commander
Aleksandra Samusenko was one of the only female tank officers of the Soviet Armed forces and served as a tank commander from 1943-1944. Samusenko rose to fame both for her heroic performance during the Battle of Kursk and for leading her forces out of an ambush when her commander fell during a later battle.

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Two Soldiers with the Best Easter Present Ever
Technical Sergeant William E. Thomas and Private First Class Joesph Jackson had an extra special Easter egg for Hitler in 1945.
 
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A German Soldier Offering Food to a Starving Mother and Child
This photo was taken in 1941 in a Nazi occupied territory of the Soviet Union. During this time, the Germans were enacting their "Hunger Plan," which consisted of starving millions of Soviet citizens to death by plundering their food for Nazi soldiers. Though this German soldier's act of kindness was probably much appreciated by this mother and her starving child, the actions of his army quite possibly led to her death.

Photo by: George Gundlach, Photographer of the 291st Division of the Wehrmacht

Allied Soldiers Mocking Hitler from His Famous Balcony
This photo was taken in 1945, about a month before Hiroshima and the day after the Phillipines had been liberated. It features Allied soldiers mockingly impersonating Hitler from his famous balcony at the Chancellery in Berlin.

Photo by: Fred Ramage

A Naked Gunman Resumes His Post After Rescuing a Drowning Pilot

The US Navy Crewman of your dreams? The young man photographed here was actually a hero. Before immediately reassuming his role as a machine-gunner, he stripped down in order to dive into Rabaul Harbor to rescue a Marine pilot who had been shot down by the Japanese.

Photo by: Horace Bristol


A Liberated Jewish Man Holds a Nazi at GunPoint
Wow!  Talk about a picture being worth a thousand words!

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A US Soldier Offering Help to a Japanese Woman Hiding in a Cave
During the Saipan battle of 1944, nearly 22,000 Japanese citizens lost their lives- many to suicide due to the Emperor's command to kill themselves rather than be taken alive. This terrified woman who had hidden in a cave with her child was probably hesitant to accept help thanks to Japanese propaganda that told citizens that American soldiers were rapists and murders.

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The Sky Over London After a 1940 Battle
This photo was taken in London in 1940 and shows the city skies after an air fight between British and German pilots.

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<![CDATA[The Most Influential People of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-most-influential-people-of-all-time
This is a list of the most influential people of all of human history. This means that the individuals on this list have had a significant effect on how regular people live their lives today and have had a large impact on how modern society works. The names on this list include religious figures, scientists and inventors, and some of the most important leaders in world history. Vote for your top choices and re-rank this list your way.

What makes an individual worthy of a spot on a list of the most influential people ever? Certainly, some of the greatest minds of all time deserve to be ranked highly. Examples include Leonardo da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton, and certainly Albert Einstein. Each one of these incredible people used the power of their minds to change the world. Not surprisingly, several names on this list are also among the most famous role models we'd like to meet in person.

And modern-era figures also deserve to be listed here. Can anyone argue that Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg aren't among the most influential contemporary Americans? It's time to add your opinions on who you believe are the most influential people who ever lived, with your votes and your rankings.
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Adolf Hitler

Albert Einstein

Aristotle

Charles Darwin

Galileo Galilei

Isaac Newton

Jesus Christ

Leonardo da Vinci

Muhammad

Plato


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<![CDATA[World War 2 Propaganda Posters, Explained]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/ww2-propaganda/mike-rothschild
Known as "weapons on the walls," propaganda posters played a huge role in World War 2, providing morale boosting messages, instilling the need for silence and secrecy, and bringing home the importance of what each soldier and worker did. When the conflict began, most nations saw the need to engage the entire population. Rationing was introduced, industry was nationalized, and companies that made products with no relevance to the war were converted into armament plants.

WW2 posters and WW2 propaganda were vital to conveying how important it was that everyone pull together, and that any slacking, selfishness, or gossip could have disastrous consequences. There was also a need to dehumanize the enemy, making it okay for people to make weapons that killed and destroyed - because they would do the same to Americans and the Allies if they weren't stopped. These posters and signs depicted World War 2 battles, imagery, and themes as well.

The Allied embrace of total war gave the US and Britain an edge in arms production over Germany, which was counting on World War Two being a short and victorious conflict, and whose civilian population sacrificed little. When Nazi Germany finally did convert over to total war in 1943, they were already years behind - in part, thanks to the propaganda efforts of their foes.

Here is a selection of WW2 propaganda posters from the major nations in World War II, and what they were used for.

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Hitler Rides in the Empty Seat
The war at home depended on everyone doing everything they could to supply the front. Even something as simple as carpooling took on extreme importance - every worker who drove by themselves wasted gasoline that could fuel a tank or airplane. By driving alone, you were hurting the war effort - and helping Hitler.

Tokio Kid
Grotesque, racist caricatures of Japanese figures were typical of World War 2 propaganda posters. It was generally felt that while Germany was an enemy to be beaten, Japan was a racially inferior hovel that bloodied America first. This poster, using a Tojo-esque monster to exhort civilians not to waste, is an example of an image that was inspirational 70 years ago, but is terribly problematic now.

Loose Lips Sink Ships
One of the most important facets of fighting the war at home was secrecy. This poster, designed by Seymour Goff for workers at Seagram Distillery, was typical of the fear-based campaign designed to keep people from accidentally blabbing about naval movements. Most other countries had campaigns like this as well, with German posters exclaiming "Schäm Dich, Schwätzer!" ("Shame on you, blabbermouth!").

Do with Less
Rationing was a part of daily life in the Allied countries, and the civilian population had to pull together and be okay with having less abundance. This poster (which has since become a popular Internet meme) reminds citizens that they're going without the luxury of coffee so the men at the front can have it.

It Can Happen Here
Beating the Axis in production was critical to the war effort. This poster uses the fear of destruction at home to motivate workers to make more equipment to be used abroad. The message is clear: keep working, or you're next.

Be a Hero!
The Soviet Union had a wide range of posters made during World War II, exhorting men to join the fight and depicting the value of sacrifice for the Motherland. This poster featured a soldier going off to the front and leaving his wife (or mother) behind, with the caption reading "Be a hero!"

We Can Do It!
J. Howard Miller designed this inspirational poster in 1943 as a morale booster for Westinghouse Electric employees. It was one of many propaganda uses of women workers doing their part to make the equipment needed for men at the front. The poster wasn't used much in the war and was only rediscovered in the 1980s. The woman posing is not the iconic "Rosie the Riveter," but factory employee Geraldine Hoff, who left the Westinghouse factory shortly after the photo was taken.

O'er the Ramparts We Watch
Dehumanizing the enemy was just one element of propaganda. Another was exhorting the glory of service, as this Army Air Force poster made clear. The flier is a brave and handsome man holding a 500 pound bomb, ready to be dropped by one of the gallant planes in the air.

Be Sure You Have Correct Time
Racist propaganda wasn't limited to the homefront. This American poster exhorted troops in the field to make sure their watches were synchronized using caricatures of the three Axis leaders, with Tojo made to look like a grinning monster, and Mussolini looking something like a stereotypical African tribesman. The enemy is inhuman, it says, and keeping correct time is just one more way to crush them.

Uncle Sam Wants YOU
Maybe the most famous recruitment poster in American history, JM Flagg designed the famous picture of Uncle Sam in 1917, based on a poster of British high-ranking officer Lord Kitchener. Flagg used his own face as the model for Uncle Sam and veteran Walter Botts sat for the pose. It made the war a personal crusade, denoting that the US doesn't want someone else to fight, it wants YOU to fight.

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<![CDATA[The Most Important Battles in US History]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-most-important-battles-in-us-history
The most significant major battles in American history, ranked by everyone. Anyone can vote on this list, making these rankings a good way to determine how important these battles were to the development of the United States. Therefore, your votes should be based on how crucial you feel these battles were, not whether you are a fan of the outcome or how much you agree with the reasons for fighting.

The course of US history was significantly altered by each of these famous battles in American history. These famous American battles helped the US become the country it is today, for better or worse. There's no denying that, whether or not you agree with the politics of war, these important battles were fought during some of the most important wars in history and left their mark on many countries, not just the United States. Many even rank among the most important historical events in US history, or even world history.
 
Bear in mind, these results are not limited to battles fought within the territory of the United States. Feel free to include any other battles that you think directly impacted the future course of events in the United States.
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Attack on Pearl Harbor

Battles of Lexington and Concord

Battle of Gettysburg

Battle of Iwo Jima

Battle of Midway

Invasion of Normandy

Battle of the Bulge

Battle of Trenton

Siege of Yorktown

Guadalcanal Campaign


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<![CDATA[27 Unsung WWII Heroes You May Not Know About]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/world-war-2-heroes/mike-rothschild
Sadly, the heroes of World War 2 are leaving us every day. With the vast majority of war veterans past the age of 90, it won't be long before only a few WW2 heroes and veterans are left to tell their stories of courage and triumph in the face of murderous odds. While some soldiers and important figures of the time are well known to the culture in general, most aren't. Some didn't survive, and many others simply never spoke about what they did. This list of World War 2 heroes will show the courage, bravery, and selflessness of many men you may not have heard of, but who made important contributions to the war nonetheless.

World War Two made heroes out of countless soldiers, scientists, officials, and even cooks and the World War 2 timeline is dotted with remarkable and heroic individuals. Whether fighting the Nazis on the European front or making a difference against the Japanese in the Pacific, these real life heroes helped the Allies win the war and helped make the world what it is today. Their sacrifices for their fellow fighters and even strangers they'd never feet were truly heroic.

This list features many World War 2 soldiers, pilots, and fighters who you should know something about. Some were officers and aces, others peasants and ordinary foot soldiers. They hailed from around the world, and some never even wore a uniform. But all of them took actions that saved lives, inflicted damage on the enemy, and collectively won World War II, the worst war in human history.

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Bhanbhagta Gurung
A Nepalese Gurkha fighting for Britain, Gurung won the Victoria Cross in 1945 for his insanely courageous attack on five Japanese foxholes that were holding up a Gurkha advance.

Running from position to position, Gurung cleared four with grenades and his bayonet, then he advanced on the final one, a machine gun nest. But he was out of grenades, so he threw a smoke bomb in, stabbed the Japanese troops who emerged with his personal knife, then broke into the machine gun nest and beat the last man to death with a rock. The position was held against Japanese counterattack, thanks to Gurung’s guts and leadership. After the war, he went back to Nepal to care for his mother, and died in 2008.

John D. Bulkeley
Vice Admiral John D. Bulkeley won the Medal of Honor, had a destroyer named after him and fought in both the Pacific and Atlantic. But his greatest feat, one that might have changed the course of the war, was rescuing General Douglas MacArthur from certain Japanese capture during the fall of the Philippines. Bulkeley was the leader of a PT Boat squadron, and his daring action got MacArthur, his command staff, and his family to safety through nearly 1,000 miles of open ocean.

After the war, Bulkeley commanded a military base in Tennessee, where he was known to test the readiness of the troops there by putting on a ninja costume and breaking into the base, trying to evade detection. Because, that’s what you do when you’re an old soldier – you put on a ninja suit and dare your men not to shoot you.

John Rabe
German businessman John Rabe was one of many foreigners living and working in Nanking, then the capital of China. When the Japanese invaded Manchuria in 1937, most fled, but Rabe and a few others stayed. Together, they saw the carnage being inflicted by crazed Japanese troops on the people of Nanking, and tried to stop it. Rabe organized the Nanking Safety Zone, a German-governed area where Chinese refugees would be safe. The Safety Zone, an area the size of Central Park with dozens of refugee camps, was mostly left alone by the Japanese, who agreed not to attack any area with no military presence.

In the few months it existed, the Safety Zone saved anywhere between 50,000 to 250,000 Chinese lives. Rabe went back to Germany, was arrested by the Gestapo, shunted off to serve as a minor business functionary, then arrested by both the Soviets and British after the war because of his Nazi Party membership. He lived in poverty for several years, and died in 1950.

Lewis Millett
When young American officer Lewis Millett heard President Roosevelt declare that America wouldn’t go to war in Europe, he deserted, hitchhiked to Canada and joined the Canadian army. He served as an anti-aircraft gunner in London before transferring back to the US Army, which was now in the fight. It was in North Africa that Millett showed tremendous and probably insane bravery, at one point, getting into a burning ammunition-filled half-track and driving it away from his comrades, then jumping off of it just before it exploded.

Just for good measure, he shot down a German fighter with a machine gun on a different, non-burning half-track. Finally, the Army figured out his desertion, court-martialed him, and promoted him anyway. Millett later fought in Korea, where he led the last bayonet charge in American military history, as well as Vietnam. He passed away in 2009.
Matvey Kuzmin
Soviet peasant Matvey Kuzmin won the Hero of the Soviet Union medal for his actions against German troops while fighting as a partisan. That’s noteworthy, but not uncommon. What is uncommon is the fact that Kuzmin was 83 years old when he fell in battle, making him by far the oldest recipient of the award. Forced to house a German battalion after his village was taken, Kuzmin was bribed by the German commander to show him the safest way to breach the Soviet line. Kuzmin agreed, but sent his son to warn the Russian troops in the area.

Kuzmin led the Germans through what they thought was a safe area. It wasn't. The Russians sprung an ambush for the Germans, killing or capturing about 70 soldiers. In the chaos, the German commander turned on Kuzmin and shot him three times, killing him.

Llewellyn Chilson
Known as the "One Man Army," Master Sergeant Llewellyn Chilson was so lauded for his bravery that President Truman personally pinned seven medals on him after the war. Fighting in Italy, he was captured with three other men, then promptly escaped and took over 40 prisoners on his own. Then, because that wasn’t enough, he took an enemy hill in Southern France with 25 men on it, capturing all of them. By himself. While fighting on the Rhine River in March 1945, Chilson took out six German guns and vehicles, at one point, crawling from position to position and blowing them up, using the light from an ammo wagon he’d set on fire.

When it was over, Chilson’s unit killed, wounded, or captured over 200 German troops and liberated an entire small town. And just for good measure, two weeks later, he stood on a tank turret during a murderous fight and spotted for the tank’s cannon. He rang up another 40 prisoners thanks to that heroism. He literally just kept winning medals and taking German prisoners. Even with all that, he never got the Medal of Honor. But he did survive the war, and died in 1981.

Eddie "Zigzag" Chapman
Minor criminal Eddie Chapman was in prison on the island of Jersey when Germany invaded and took the British Channel Islands. He offered his services to Germany as a spy, and was trained in espionage and explosives. He parachuted into England, whereupon he immediately turned himself in, and was turned as a double agent.

Under the watchful eye of British intelligence, "Zigzag" faked a number of acts of sabotage on British factories – earning him the Iron Cross and a massive financial reward from Germany. Later, he reported on the impact of V1 rocket bombs fired from Germany, consistently giving the Germans false information on their impact, and causing them to never correct the flaws in their targeting of London. The Germans never figured out Chapman had been turned.

Mad Jack Churchill
Champion archer, male model, adventurer, and career soldier John Churchill was known as “Mad Jack” for a good reason: people thought he was nuts. He was renowned in the British Army for being the only soldier allowed to carry a longbow and basket-hilted Scottish broadsword (no officer was properly dressed without a sword, in his opinion). He’s thought to have achieved the only longbow kill of the war, shooting down a German scout in France.

He led commando raids in Norway and Yugoslavia (while playing the bagpipes, of course), survived being shot in the neck, captured or killed dozens of enemy soldiers and wreaked havoc before being captured. Mad Jack escaped, was captured again, then when the lights at his prison camp went out, he walked out of the camp (which was still being guarded) and walked 90 miles to find an American unit. After VE-Day, he fought in Burma, and when the war ended, he became a surfer.
The Crew of the USS O'Bannon
As the most decorated destroyer in US Navy history, the USS O’Bannon is a noteworthy ship no matter what. But the actions of her crew on April 5, 1943, would put her in the history books as the only ship on record to sink a Japanese submarine using potatoes.

O’Bannon sighted the Japanese sub RO-34 on the surface near Guadalcanal. Being too close to fire guns, she made best speed to ram the enemy ship. But at the last second, her commanding officer thought the sub was actually a surface ship, which would cause severe damage to O’Bannon if they collided. The two vessels wound up side by side, and the Japanese on the sub’s top deck tried to man the 3 inch cannon it carried. O’Bannon’s crew had no sidearms, so they grabbed the best thing: spuds from a bin on deck. They threw their potatoes at RO-34’s crew, who thought they were grenades and tried to throw them away. Thanks to this distraction, O’Bannon was able to get enough distance from the sub to blow a hole in its bridge, and eventually sink it.

Charles Joseph Coward
Captured in France in 1940, British soldier Charles Coward would have been notable just for the nearly dozen attempts he made to escape German captivity. But he’s world famous as the guy who broke into and out of a Nazi death camp. In 1943, the Germans decided they were done fooling around with Coward and sent him to Auschwitz, specifically the Monowitz slave labor camp there.

Coward led his fellow Brits in smuggling food to Jewish inmates and passing coded notes to the Red Cross, who sent them back to England. At one point, he actually smuggled himself into the Auschwitz death camp for a night, then smuggled himself out and reported back to the British about what he’d seen. He bribed SS guards, saved at least 400 Jewish laborers from death and after the war, gave testimony at the Nuremberg Trials.


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<![CDATA[The Most Important Leaders in World History]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-most-important-leaders-in-world-history
For good or for bad, our leaders can be powerful forces for change in the world. But who are the most impaction people to ever hold prominent positions of power? This is a list of the most important and influential leaders in the history of the world.

Who are the most important world leaders? Anyone can vote on this definitive list of the men and women who shaped our civilization – for better or worse – making it a collaborative list of the greatest leaders of all time.

Visionaries, pragmatists, conquerors, and humanitarians all share this list. Rank these famous world leaders in terms of importance and add anyone you see missing. But remember: the most influential leaders (those who changed the face of world politics and forever altered their own countries) weren't necessarily good leaders. Some famous conquerors changed the world but let destruction in their wake. Others actually worked for the good of their people and became the great leaders in history.

So, who are the historical leaders that left their permanent mark (for good or bad)? Find out below!

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Abraham Lincoln

George Washington

Julius Caesar

Mahatma Gandhi

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

Napoleon Bonaparte

Otto von Bismarck
Lead to the unification of Germany in 1871, and first chancellor of the German Empire.
Winston Churchill

Augustus Caesar

Alexander The Great


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