Weird History Who Will Go Down In History As 2017's Most Significant Figure?  

Mick Jacobs
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List Rules Vote up the person history will consider 2017's most significant figure.

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No one doubts how outrageous 2017 became; as the year dragged on, countless celebrities fell from grace while each week of the Trump administration felt like a confirmation that people entered an alternate reality in 2017. Because so much happened in the span of a single year, it will be hard for history to determine the most significant person of 2017. People like Donald Trump, Colin Kaepernick, and Kim Jong-Un appeared on practically all news outlets last year, and each of them for very different reasons. But some of the lesser known players of 2017, from the crown prince of Saudi Arabia to the head of the FBI Robert Mueller, influenced a great deal in 2017 despite maintaining a lower profile than someone like Trump. 2017's most significant person might not emerge for years to come, as the actions made during this year will affect the world for decades to come.

So we wanted to ask you, the Weird History audience, who will go down in history as 2017's most significant figure? When asked who is the most significant figure of 2017, our readers had similar answers. We included the Weird History audience's answers in this list, along with their comments as to why they chose a particular figure. Not everyone could remember Ajit Pai's name, but you all appeared pretty upset with his decision to end net neutrality. Donald Trump expectedly turned up in many of your responses as well. Interestingly enough, one of you said it's likely an unknown scientist whose discoveries will become impactful in the years to come. In your opinion, who is the most significant figure of 2017? Well, participating in this list gives them a head start on their legacy.

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Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Will Go Down In History As 2017's Most Significant Figure?
Donald Trump

" I think though we don’t want to give him anymore recognition, history may still choose Donald *gag* Trump as the most 'significant' figure of 2017."

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The Silence Breakers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Will Go Down In History As 2017's Most Significant Figure?
The Silence Breakers

"#MeToo and all women projecting their private lives to the world, not just on 2017 but historically, world history."

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Robert Mueller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Will Go Down In History As 2017's Most Significant Figure?
Robert Mueller

"If Mueller's investigation comes to fruition then he'll go down in history like Woodward and Bernstein."

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An Unknown Researcher Whose Fi... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Will Go Down In History As 2017's Most Significant Figure?
An Unknown Researcher Whose Findings Haven't Yet Changed The World

"Someone will make a giant contribution to humanity , and hardly anybody will know their name. That’s who it should be. Certainly none of the above."

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Will Go Down In History As 2017's Most Significant Figure?
Sarah Huckabee Sanders

"For beating the hell out of liberal reporters pushing lies onto the American people, daily. #cantgetenoughofher"

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James Comey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Will Go Down In History As 2017's Most Significant Figure?
James Comey

"Because history will prove that Trump couldn’t buy him, his resilience will result in the biggest scandal in American history when Russian links to the administration are proven.

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Colin Kaepernick is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Will Go Down In History As 2017's Most Significant Figure?
Colin Kaepernick

"He's far bigger than football. Get over it."

"He created discussion and awareness. Unfortunately a lot of hate from those who are narrow minded and in denial."

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Salman bin Abdulaziz bin Salma... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Will Go Down In History As 2017's Most Significant Figure?
Salman bin Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud

"If we're talking about global repercussions, it will be the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman. His disruption in the Arab Peninsula will have the greatest ripples around the world, as Saudi Arabia continues to try to consolidate and expand."

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Mike Pence is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Will Go Down In History As 2017's Most Significant Figure?

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Kim Jong-un is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Will Go Down In History As 2017's Most Significant Figure?
Kim Jong-un

"Sorry guys, Kim will be in the history books even if he's just a pissant."

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Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Will Go Down In History As 2017's Most Significant Figure?
Barack Obama

"He continues to be a leader in other areas and reminds us what a President of these United States should be; calm, self effacing, logical, and willing to admit mistakes. Plus talking in coherent sentences is a big plus."

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Ajit Pai is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Will Go Down In History As 2017's Most Significant Figure?
Ajit Pai

"The a**wipe that is ruining net neutrality."

"That net neutrality d-bag."