6. Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics
You could argue that America’s first blow against Nazi Germany in the Second World War came in 1936, as African-American Jesse Owens, the grandson of a slave, competed in the Berlin Olympics. In the midst of Nazi propaganda about “Aryan superiority,” Owens discredited Hitler’s hideous racial assertions and came away with four gold medals.
5. Professor Stephen Hawking’s Zero-Gravity Flight
Not letting his ALS condition get in the way of a glittering academic career, Stephen Hawking is one of the most inspiring humans alive today. Here, at age 65, he experiences zero-gravity to help increase public interest in space exploration.