1. Alice Catherine Evans.
Alice Catherine Evans was a microbiologist who championed the pasteurisation of milk, thus saving countless lives. She was working at the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the time, but her work was only taken seriously when it was confirmed by other scientists.
2. Dr Megan Coffee.
A specialist in infectious diseases, Dr Coffee has been working in Haiti since the earthquake in2010. She arrived in Haiti after the earthquake and established a new sanatorium in Port-au-Prince. She still works there, without pay, taking public transport to work, treating patients.
3. Max Yasgur.
Without Yasgur, Woodstock would never have happened. Yasgur allowed the festival to take place on his dairy farm, after other villages wouldn’t host the event.
4. Bob Bartlett.
Bartlett was an arctic explorer who captained the trapped and destroyed ship - the Karluk. Thanks to his guidance, survivors built a camp on the ice and traveled 150 miles by dog sledge to find land. Then, Bartlett and a crew-member completed a 700-mile journey to Siberia save his stranded crew.
5. Gunner the dog.
Gunner was an Australian stray dog who helped the airforce in WW2. His hearing was so acute that he could detect Japanese planes twenty minutes before the arrived - and before they showed up on radar.
6. Rick Rescorla.
Rescorla was the security director for Morgan Stanley during 9/11. Thanks to his preparedness, he helped all but 13 of Morgan Stanley’s 2700 employees escape.
7. Maria Feodorvna.
Maria Feodorvna was the wife of Tsar Alexander III. She helped save a life by altering a death sentence. Alexander, going through a list of suspected traitors and criminals, had written against one name, ‘pardon impossible, to send to Siberia’. Maria changed it to ‘Pardon, impossible to send to Siberia’ and saved a life with a comma.
8. John R. Fox.
An American solider in World War II, John R. Fox died when he deliberately called an artillery strike on his own position. Fox realised that the German troops were overrunning his party’s position. The strike delayed the enemy long enough for other American units to organise a counter attack.
9. Pastor Lee Jong-rak.
Jong-rak is a pastor in South Korea, who created a “baby box”. He attached the box to the side of his house, to allow parents to deposit their mentally handicapped or unwanted babies, to stop them being abandoned on the side of the road.
10. The Gulabi Gang.
The Gulabi Gang are a group of female Indian vigilantes, who all wear a pink sari. The group fight against child marriages, the dowry system, abusive husbands and female illiteracy.
11. Sydney Newman.
Sydney Newman (shown here as played by Brian Cox) was Head of Drama at the BBC in the early 60’s, and responsible for creating Doctor Who, as well as the TARDIS.
12. Eugene Cernan.
Eugene Cernan was the last man to walk on the moon. He wrote his daughter’s initials in the lunar dust. They will still be legible in 50,000 years.
Via The Interesting Bits, Justin Pollard, and r/TodayILearned