Here are my picks for "10 of the most important people from history and why," in no particular order:
1. Thomas Edison - This focused, driven individual refused to give up on his concept of the light bulb, even when he was on the verge of losing everything. Without him, we might have really high gas light bills, or no trees left on earth as we might have burned them for light.
2. George Washington - The tenacious, victorious father of our country was truly a great leader. This man did not give up easily, a characteristic that helped him propel a shabby, Colonial army to win our nation's independence.
3. Queen Elizabeth - The influence of this powerful woman helped resurrect culture and led to the Renaissance. She was also a tragic character as the daughter of Henry VIII.
4. Christopher Columbus - Although he may not have been the first to cross the ocean, his notoriety helped perpetuate the notion that the earth was not flat.
5. The Scribe who carved the Rosetta Stone - Thank goodness someone had the skill and foresight to create this translational masterpiece or our knowedge of ancient history would be indeed lacking.
6. Cleopatra - Here's one of the most infamous women to ever hold a throne. Let's face it, women have had an uphill climb to get the right to vote, earn reasonable wages, and be taken seriously in the business world. It's comforting to know that someone so long ago could flaunt her femininity while ruling a great empire. Of course, we won't talk about how it all ended.
7. Elvis Presley - No, I am not an Elvis fan. However, when reviewing history's important people, the impression he left on the musical world cannot be ignored. He was the first man to claim fame for gyrating his hips, and his provocative rock influence literally changed the course of music's development.
8. The caveman who figured out how to use fire - There really is not much more to say here. Without this guy, who knows if we'd even be able to barbecue.
9. Moses - Kudos to this great historical figure, who presented the 10 Commandments to mankind. You know you've written something relevant when people can still recite your words of wisdom umpteen millennia later.
10. The person/people who invented the internet - Without this handy method of communication, you wouldn't be reading this list of 10 of the Most Important People From History and Why.