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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, 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
Dec. 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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William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Dec. 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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Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Dec. 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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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 Dec. 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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Martin Luther King, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Dec. 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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Aristotle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Dec. 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. At eighteen, he joined Plato's Academy in ...more
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Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Dec. at 56 (1809-1865)
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his life was taken in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States and its greatest moral, constitutional ...more
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Nate Hodges added Dec. 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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John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Dec. 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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Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Dec. 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) 12 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Morten Evensen-Næri added Dec. 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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Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Nate Hodges added Dec. 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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Mahatma Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Dec. 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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George Washington is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Dec. at 67 (1732-1799)
George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He presided over the ...more
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Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Nate Hodges added Dec. 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) 17 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Dec. 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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Alan Turing is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
victorBafcop added Dec. 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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Buddha is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Valdave added
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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Florence Nightingale is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Morten Evensen-Næri added Dec. 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) 21 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Dec. 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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Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Dec. 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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Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Valdave added Dec. 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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George Orwell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Valdave added Dec. 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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George Carlin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
Dec. 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