>>37148 >John Jay was an American statesman, Patriot, diplomat, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, signer of the Treaty of Paris, and first Chief Justice of the United States. It's a shame but I can see why no one remembered him
Everyone knows William Henry Harrison for being a celebrated general, having a catchy campaign slogan and ignominiously dying after only a month of being inaugurated president, but nobody remembers Benjamin Harrison, from the era where American statesmen wore beards.
Not precisely on point as he's far from forgotten, but it really rustles my jimmies that people use Einstein as the standard of intelligence ("this kid is smarter than Einstein!"), rather than Newton. He's not paid nearly as much credit as he deserves by common folk.
>the bobby fischer of cold war military strategy >invented the computer virus >invented modern game theory >invented the notion of cellular automata and early pioneer of the notion of self-replication >one of the only men to have ever had an actual eidetic memory (not some savant insect-like aptitude for specific recollections but literally a perfect mind) >Samuel T Cohen, inventory of the neutron bomb once said "Bennie decided to approach Johnnie (Von N) on the matter and arranged to travel to Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study, headed up at the time by Oppenheimer, where Johnnie (and lesser geniuses such as Albert Einstein) was stationed. >near universally feared by his colleagues for his horrifying intelligence >considered the smartest man of the 20th century par none >invented the stored program digital computer >invented the explosive lenses critical for the implosion pit of nuclear weapons >the ubermensch
Stanislav Yevgrafovich Petrov (Russian: Cтaниcлáв Eвгpáфoвич Пeтpóв; born 1939 in Odessa, Ukraine) is a retired lieutenant colonel of the Soviet Air Defence Forces. On September 26, 1983, just three weeks after the Soviet military had shot down Korean Air Lines Flight 007, Petrov was the duty officer at the command center for the Oko nuclear early-warning system when the system reported that a missile, followed by another one and then up to five more, were being launched from the United States. Petrov judged the report to be a false alarm, and his decision is credited with having prevented an erroneous retaliatory nuclear attack on the United States and its NATO allies that could have resulted in large-scale nuclear war. Investigation later confirmed that the satellite warning system had indeed malfunctioned >If he fucked up the hole world would have ended
I wouldn't say he's forgotten as it isn't even 20 years ago since he died. But Paul Erdős is definitely not that well-known outside of mathematics. Pretty amazing how so many famous scientists were from Hungary.
>defined the concept of handwashing for doctors >doctors reject it and laugh at him, thinking it as a useless procedure >infantry mortality rates drop to under 1% after he introduced it >dies without recognition in an asylum >Years shortly after, Louis Pasteur and Joseph Lister confirm the germ theory, giving evidence to his work
>>36313 >Some moron manages to cross the Alps with elephants >Most of his army dies, has to hire mercenaries on the other side >Plunders a bunch of Italian towns >He is lured back home and defeated by a much better general, despite enjoying numerical and home advantage >He becomes more famous that the brilliant general who defeated him
>>39496 Maybe if the Charthagenians actually sent him his mutch needed reinforcements, which they could since they weren't paying Rome anymore) he could've done something else. Also he destroyed the whole roman army about 3-4 times. And each time Rome had to build a NEW army. Scipio was great, but he was also lucky he managed to grab Hamilcar before he connected with Hannibal.
>>39528 In 410 AD the Roman army left Britain to fend for itself. For the next few decades the locals fought one another with two leading factions led by Ambrosius Aurelianus and Vortigern. Large raiding parties from the north and Ireland attacked and settled parts of southern Britain. In response Vortigern (a Romano-British) warlord invited over an army of Angles, Saxons and Jutes (you might be able to see where this is leading) to help out as foederati troops (mercs). He gave them the island of Thanet and large payments in exchange for them fighting for him against his Roman and non-Roman enemies. The leaders of these warbands were called Hengist and Horsa allegedly. To cut a long story short, eventually the Germanic tribesman got pissy once payment stopped flowing and attacked the Britons, leading to the eventual conquest of lowland Britain and the formation of the kingdom of England.
>>36313 Everyone talks about how the Russians or Wellington crushed Napoleon Bonaparte. But who here ever heard of Metternich ?
Metternich has no fame and no glory, and yet he was THE architect of Napoleon's defeat. Not on the battlefield, but by political manipulations, alliances, betrayals and leverages. He died alone and in the shade of history.
I remember a scene in the theater play "L'Aiglon", that is based on the life of Napoleon's son, where Metternich finds himself in a dark room with Bonaparte's hat, his bicorn, and he starts a huge "fight" with his hat, because everyone on Earth knows about this damn hat Nap wore, and no one gives a fuck about Metternich of Austria.
>>36313 Only president whose first language wasn't English, and people hated him because of the Panic of 1837 and his inaction to it, so they elected a president whose only claim to fame would be dying. Nothing else is really notable about him.
>Norton was occasionally a visionary, and some of his Imperial Decrees exhibited profound foresight. He issued instructions to form a League of Nations, and he explicitly forbade any form of conflict between religions or their sects. Norton saw fit to decree the construction of a suspension bridge or tunnel connecting Oakland and San Francisco, his later decrees becoming increasingly irritated at the lack of prompt obedience by the authorities >Norton spent his days inspecting San Francisco's streets in an elaborate blue uniform with gold-plated epaulettes, given to him by officers of the United States Army post at the Presidio of San Francisco. He also wore a beaver hat decorated with a peacock feather and a rosette. >Norton was loved and revered by the citizens of San Francisco. Although penniless, he regularly ate at the finest restaurants in San Francisco; restaurateurs took it upon themselves to add brass plaques in their entrances declaring "[by] Appointment to his Imperial Majesty, Emperor Norton I of the United States
Definitely makes the list of "historical people that would post on 4chan today"
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