I'm teaching a class on the latter half of the 20th century (or will be, come February). Life for the average person is so radically different in 1999 from 1899 one wonders where to start.
Most of the big developments were pre-WWII, perhaps. But the post-war years were also critical to changing our lives. It's all very James Burke. Thinking about all of this lead, perhaps predictably, to a list.
20 people for the 20th century. Who were the most important, over-all?
This list is unranked. Whose to say which was more important to our psyche or pocketbooks, or commutes? I leave that to you. Here's an idea: make you own list, and then see how it compares against mine. Teaching exercise? Could be.
If you want a hint I provide, below, the areas of their influence. Don't expect politicians: their spheres of influence are too limited. (The exceptions are influential as inspiration, which is nice and all, but I'm going tangible.) First one will be posted later this week.