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We Asked, You Answered: If You Could Be Any Dead Historical Figure For 24 Hours, Who Would It Be?

Updated October 2, 2018 9.9k votes 858 voters 7.3k views22 items

List RulesVote up the dead historical figures you'd want to be for 24 hours.

Asking people which dead historical figure they'd like to have dinner with has become a go-to icebreaker over the years, but what if you could actually be one of those people for 24 hours? Instead of asking them questions about their lives, you'd be able to experience it firsthand, literally walking a mile in their shoes. But who would you choose? A legendary musician? A prominent world leader? A criminal?

We asked our audience which dead historical figure they would want to be for 24 hours if given the chance. Be sure to vote up the people who you'd like to live as for 24 hours, and vote down the ones you'd pass on.

  • 1

    Nikola Tesla

    Dec. at 86 (1856-1943)

    BirthplaceSmiljan, Croatia

    Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current...  more
  • 2

    Leonardo da Vinci

    Dec. at 67 (1452-1519)

    BirthplaceVinci, Italy

    Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He is...  more
  • 3


    Dec. at 39 (68 BC-29 BC)

    BirthplaceAlexandria, Egypt

    Cleopatra VII Philopator (Koinē Greek: Κλεοπᾰ́τρᾱ Φιλοπάτωρ, romanized: Kleopátrā Philopátōr; 69 – 10 or 12 August 30 BC) was the last active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, nominally...  more
  • 4
    Jesus (c. 4 BC – c. AD 30 / 33), also referred to as Jesus of Nazareth and Jesus Christ, was a first-century Jewish preacher and religious leader. He is the central figure of Christianity. Most...  more
  • 5

    Jimi Hendrix

    Dec. at 27 (1942-1970)

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, United States of America

    James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. His mainstream career lasted only four years,...  more
  • 6

    John F. Kennedy

    Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)

    BirthplaceUSA, Massachussetts, Brookline

    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by initials JFK and Jack, was an American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States from January...  more
  • 7

    Marilyn Monroe

    Dec. at 36 (1926-1962)

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 4, 1962) was an American actress, model, and singer. Famous for playing comic "blonde bombshell" characters, she became one of the...  more
  • 8

    Bob Marley

    Dec. at 36 (1945-1981)

    BirthplaceNine Mile, Jamaica, Jamaica

    Robert Nesta Marley, (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican singer and songwriter. Considered one of the pioneers of reggae, his musical career was marked by blending elements of reggae,...  more
  • 9

    Freddie Mercury

    Dec. at 45 (1946-1991)

    BirthplaceStone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania

    Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British singer, songwriter, record producer, and lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. Regarded as one of the...  more
  • 10
    Genghis Khan (born Temüjin, c. 1162 – August 18, 1227) was the founder and first Great Khan of the Mongol Empire, which became the largest contiguous empire in history after his death. He came to...  more
  • 11

    Hugh Hefner

    Dec. at 91 (1926-2017)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

    Alternative NameHugh Hefner, Hugh Heffner

    Hugh Marston Hefner (April 9, 1926 – September 27, 2017) was an American magazine publisher, the founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine, a publication with revealing photographs and articles...  more
  • 12

    Isaac Newton

    Dec. at 84 (1643-1727)

    BirthplaceWoolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, United Kingdom

    Sir Isaac Newton (25 December 1642 – 20 March 1726/27) was an English mathematician, physicist, astronomer, theologian, and author (described in his own day as a "natural philosopher") who is widely...  more
  • 13

    Edgar Allan Poe

    Dec. at 40 (1809-1849)

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts

    Edgar Allan Poe (; born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales...  more
  • 14

    Julius Caesar

    Dec. at 56 (99 BC-43 BC)

    BirthplaceLazio, Europe, Eurasia, Province of Rome, Rome

    Gaius Julius Caesar (12 July 100 BC – 15 March 44 BC) was a Roman general and statesman who played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman...  more
  • 15

    Dean Martin

    Dec. at 78 (1917-1995)

    BirthplaceSteubenville, Ohio, United States of America

    Dino Paul Crocetti (June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995), known famously as Dean Martin, was an American singer, actor and comedian. One of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of the...  more
  • 16

    John Wayne

    Dec. at 72 (1907-1979)

    BirthplaceWinterset, Iowa, USA

    Alternative NameJohn Wayne, Michael Morris, Duke Morrison

    Marion Mitchell Morrison (born Marion Robert Morrison; May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), known professionally as John Wayne and nicknamed Duke, was an American actor, filmmaker, and Presidential Medal...  more
  • 17

    Tupac Shakur

    Dec. at 25 (1971-1996)

    BirthplaceEast Harlem, New York City, USA, New York

    Tupac Amaru Shakur ( TOO-pahk shə-KOOR; born Lesane Parish Crooks, June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was an American rapper and actor. He is...  more
  • 18

    Anne Boleyn

    Dec. at 35 (1501-1536)

    BirthplaceHever, United Kingdom

    Anne Boleyn (; c. 1501 – 19 May 1536) was Queen of England from 1533 to 1536 as the second wife of King Henry VIII. Their marriage, and her execution by beheading, made her a key figure in the...  more
  • 19

    Jerry Garcia

    Dec. at 53 (1942-1995)

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, best known for his work as the lead guitarist and as a vocalist with the band the...  more
  • 20

    Andy Warhol

    Dec. at 58 (1928-1987)

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and...  more
  • 21


    Dec. at 31 (1963-1995)

    BirthplaceCompton, California, United States of America

    Eric Lynn Wright (September 7, 1964 – March 26, 1995), known professionally as Eazy-E, was an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. Dubbed the "Godfather of Gangsta Rap", he gained...  more
  • 22

    Billy Graham

    Age: 102

    BirthplaceCharlotte, North Carolina, United States of America

    William Franklin Graham Jr. (November 7, 1918 – February 21, 2018) was an American evangelist, a prominent evangelical Christian figure, and an ordained Southern Baptist minister who became...  more