History Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead  

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List Rules Vote up the historical figures you'd like to see come back from the dead, hopefully to help improve society.

Throughout the course of history, the human race has produced some truly remarkable individuals - individuals who, sadly, have passed away, leaving nothing behind but the footprint of their influence on society. But what if these towering figures didn't have to stay dead? If you could bring someone of significant historical importance back from the dead, who would you pick?

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Jesus Christ is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Jesus Christ Jesus, also referred to as Jesus of Nazareth, is the central figure of Christianity, whom the teachings of most Christian denominations hold to be the Son of God. Christianity regards Jesus as ...more

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Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Leonardo da Vinci Died at 67 (1452-1519) 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

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Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Nikola Tesla Died at 87 (1856-1943) 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

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William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
William Shakespeare Died at 52 (1564-1616) William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's ...more

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Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Morten Evensen-Næri added Albert Einstein Died at 76 (1879-1955) Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. Einstein's work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the ...more

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Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Алпан Балкыш added Robin Williams Died at 63 (1951-2014) Robin McLaurin Williams was an American actor and comedian. Starting as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he is credited with leading San Francisco's comedy ...more

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Martin Luther King, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Martin Luther King, Jr. Died at 39 (1929-1968) Martin Luther King Jr. (born Michael King Jr., January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for ...more

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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Freddie Mercury Died at 45 (1946-1991) Freddie Mercury was a British singer, songwriter and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona ...more

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Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Abraham Lincoln Died at 56 (1809-1865) Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War—its bloodiest war ...more

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Aristotle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Aristotle Died at 62 (383 BC-321 BC) Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and scientist born in the Macedonian city of Stagira, Chalkidice, on the northern periphery of Classical Greece. His father, Nicomachus, died when Aristotle was ...more

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John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
John F. Kennedy Died at 46 (1917-1963) John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), also referred to as John F. Kennedy, JFK, John Kennedy or Jack Kennedy, was the 35th President of the United States. He served from ...more

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Nate Hodges added Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Died at 35 (1756-1791) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. Mozart showed prodigious ability from his ...more

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Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Benjamin Franklin Died at 84 (1706-1790) Benjamin Franklin FRS was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, ...more

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Marie Curie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Morten Evensen-Næri added Marie Curie Died at 67 (1867-1934) Marie Skłodowska-Curie was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first ...more

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Diana, Princess of Wales is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Diana, Princess of Wales Died at 36 (1961-1997) Diana, Princess of Wales, was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, who is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Diana was born into an aristocratic British family with ...more

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Mahatma Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Mahatma Gandhi Died at 79 (1869-1948) Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the preeminent leader of Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and ...more

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Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Nate Hodges added Ludwig van Beethoven Died at 57 (1770-1827) Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and ...more

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George Washington is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
George Washington Died at 67 (1732-1799) George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the ...more

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Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Aznavouk added Randy Savage Died at 59 (1952-2011) Randy Mario Poffo, better known by his ring name "Macho Man" Randy Savage, was an American professional wrestler and color commentator best known for his time in the World Wrestling ...more

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Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Nate Hodges added Johann Sebastian Bach Died at 65 (1685-1750) Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and ...more

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Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Theodore Roosevelt Died at 61 (1858-1919) Theodore "T.R." Roosevelt Jr. was an American politician, author, naturalist, soldier, explorer, and historian who served as the 26th President of the United States. He was a leader of ...more

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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Dan Rolloff added John Lennon Died at 40 (1940-1980) John Winston Ono Lennon MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of ...more

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George Carlin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
George Carlin Died at 71 (1937-2008) George Denis Patrick Carlin was an American comedian, social critic, actor, and author. Carlin was noted for his black comedy and his thoughts on politics, the English language, psychology, ...more

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Steve Irwin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Scott O'Donnell added Steve Irwin Died at 44 (1962-2006) Stephen Robert "Steve" Irwin, nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter", was an Australian wildlife expert, television personality, and conservationist. Irwin achieved worldwide fame ...more

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Florence Nightingale is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Morten Evensen-Næri added Florence Nightingale Died at 90 (1820-1910) Florence Nightingale, OM, RRC was a celebrated English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing. She came to prominence while serving as a manager of nurses trained by ...more

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Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Thomas Jefferson Died at 83 (1743-1826) Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and the third President of the United States. He was a spokesman for democracy, and ...more

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Marcus Aurelius is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
bionicdeadpool added Marcus Aurelius Died at 59 (121-180) Marcus Aurelius was Roman Emperor from 161 to 180. He ruled with Lucius Verus as co-emperor from 161 until Verus' death in 169. He was the last of the Five Good Emperors, and is also considered ...more

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Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Winston Churchill Died at 91 (1874-1965) Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, DL, FRS, RA was a British politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Widely ...more

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Sandra Spencer added David Bowie Died at 69 (1947-2016) David Bowie is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, and actor. He is also a painter and collector of fine art. Bowie has been a major figure in the ...more

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Alexander the Great is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Alexander the Great Died at 33 (355 BC-322 BC) Alexander III of Macedon, commonly known as Alexander the Great, was a King of the Ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon and a member of the Argead dynasty. Born in Pella in 356 BC, Alexander ...more

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Nate Hodges added Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Died at 90 (1918-2008) Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn was a Russian novelist, historian, and critic of Soviet totalitarianism. He helped to raise global awareness of the gulag and the Soviet Union's forced labor ...more

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Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Franklin D. Roosevelt Died at 63 (1882-1945) Franklin Delano Roosevelt, commonly known by his initials FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd President of the United States. A Democrat, he won a record ...more

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Gautama Buddha is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Valdave added Gautama Buddha Gautama Buddha, also known as Siddhārtha Gautama, Shakyamuni, or simply the Buddha, was a sage on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. He is believed to have lived and taught mostly in eastern ...more

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Joan of Arc is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Saffron Higgins added Joan of Arc Died at 19 (1412-1431) Joan of Arc, nicknamed "The Maid of Orléans", is considered a heroine of France and a Roman Catholic saint. She was born to Jacques d'Arc and Isabelle, a peasant family, at ...more

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Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Valdave added Charlie Chaplin Died at 88 (1889-1977) Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, KBE was an English comic actor and filmmaker who rose to fame in the silent film era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona ...more

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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
EdwardDrawde added Michael Jackson Died at 51 (1958-2009) Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. Called the King of Pop, his contributions to music and dance, along with his publicized personal ...more

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George Orwell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Valdave added George Orwell Died at 47 (1903-1950) Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 21 January 1950), better known by his psuedonymGeorge Orwell, was an English author. His work is marked by a profound conscientiousness of social injustice, an ...more

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Elizabeth I of England is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Christine Sears added Elizabeth I of England Died at 70 (1533-1603) Elizabeth I was Queen of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death. Sometimes called The Virgin Queen, Gloriana or Good Queen Bess, the childless Elizabeth was the fifth and last ...more

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Helen Keller is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Valdave added Helen Keller Died at 88 (1880-1968) Helen Adams Keller was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. The story of how Keller's teacher, Anne ...more

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Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Jennifer Malone added Cleopatra Died at 39 (68 BC-29 BC) Cleopatra VII Philopator, known to history simply as "Cleopatra", was the last active pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, only shortly survived by her son, Caesarion as pharaoh. Cleopatra was a ...more

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William Wallace is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
bionicdeadpool added William Wallace Died at 35 (1270-1305) Sir William Wallace was a Scottish landowner who became one of the main leaders during the Wars of Scottish Independence. Along with Andrew Moray, Wallace defeated an English army at the Battle ...more

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King Arthur is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Mollevangsvagen added King Arthur King Arthur is a fictional character from Monty Python's Spamalot.

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Robert Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Robert Kennedy age 45 Robert John Kennedy is a former New Zealand cricketer who played in four Tests and seven One Day Internationals for New Zealand in 1996. His best international figures of 3/28 came on his Test ...more

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Mother Teresa is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Mother Teresa Died at 87 (1910-1997) Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, MC, commonly known as Mother Teresa, was a Roman Catholic religious sister and missionary who lived most of her life in India. She was born in today's Macedonia, with ...more

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Alan Turing is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
victorBafcop added Alan Turing Died at 42 (1912-1954) Alan Mathison Turing, OBE, FRS was a British pioneering computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, mathematical biologist, and marathon and ultra distance runner. He ...more

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Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Ronald Reagan Died at 93 (1911-2004) Ronald Wilson Reagan was the 40th President of the United States. Before his presidency he served as the 33rd Governor of California and was also an actor from 1937–1964. Born and raised in ...more

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Harry Houdini is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Chris Keyes added Harry Houdini Died at 52 (1874-1926) Harry Houdini was a Hungarian-American illusionist and stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts. He first attracted notice in vaudeville in the US and then as "Harry Handcuff ...more

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Prince is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Sandra Spencer added Prince Died at 57 (1958-2016) Prince Roger Nelson, known by his mononym Prince, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor. A major figure in popular music for over three decades, Prince is renowned ...more

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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Valdave added Johnny Cash Died at 71 (1932-2003) John R. "Johnny" Cash was a singer-songwriter, actor, and author, widely considered one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century. Although primarily remembered as ...more

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Alfred Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Nate Hodges added Alfred Hitchcock Died at 81 (1899-1980) Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE was an English film director and producer. Often nicknamed "The Master of Suspense", he pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological ...more