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30 Things People Had Achieved by Age 30  

Matthew Cole Weiss
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List Rules People who accomplished extraordinary things between the ages of 20 and 29 years old. Upvote the most impressive accomplishments.

Most people have had many accomplishments by the age of 30. They've graduated college. They've started families. They've found a job. They normally don't break world records for flying across the Atlantic Ocean, found new religions, or invent the telephone. But some of them do! What should you accomplish before you turn 30? Maybe some of these talented folks, and the things they did in their twenties can inspire you!

Every once in a while, there comes along a passionate and focused individual who doesn't use their twenties to go to bars and party, instead opting to to do something that changes the world and affects the course of history forever. These notable people may have accomplished great things later in life as well, but they definitely got an early start.

Whether it be in the realm of sports, science, film, music, aviation, or adventure, these people have achieved amazing things between the ages of 20 and 29. Warning: This list may make you feel like a total underachiever, but hopefully it will inspire you to get out there and make a difference in the world, achieving your dreams!
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 30 Things People Had Achieved by Age 30
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During the 1960s, Muhammad Ali seemed unstoppable, winning all of his bouts, mostly by knockouts. He knocked out Sonny Liston in 1964 to become the heavyweight champion of the world at the age of 22. Four years prior, he had won an Olympic gold medal.

Age: 77

Nationality: United States of America

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Isaac Newton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 30 Things People Had Achieved by Age 30
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In 1665, 23-year-old Isaac Newton discovered the generalized binomial theorem and developed the mathematical theory that is calculus. Newton also discovered the law of universal gravitation before turning 25 years old.

Age: Dec. at 84 (1643-1727)

Nationality: Kingdom of Great Britain, United Kingdom, Kingdom of England

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Yuri Gagarin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 30 Things People Had Achieved by Age 30
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Yuri Gagarin was a Russian Soviet pilot and cosmonaut who, at the age of 27, became the first human to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on April 12,1961. Gagarin became an international celebrity, and was awarded many medals and titles, including Hero of the Soviet Union, the nation's highest honor.

Age: Dec. at 34 (1934-1968)

Nationality: Soviet Union

Cause Of Death: Aviation accident or incident

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Steve Jobs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 30 Things People Had Achieved by Age 30
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At the age of 21, college dropout Steve Jobs (along with Steve Wozniak and Randy Wayne) founded Apple Computers, following Wozniak's creation of the first Apple I. They formed the company in the garage of the home where Jobs's parents lived. Apple is now valued at upwards of $700 billion.

Age: Dec. at 56 (1955-2011)

Nationality: United States of America

Cause Of Death: Respiratory arrest, Pancreatic cancer

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