10 Amazing Courageous People In History

Added by Fran on May 28, 2015
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A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

When researching this list, I wanted to find stories that convey the inherent altruistic nature we're all capable of, but don't often hear about. Those unsung heroes that risked everything for a greater good and, for a moment, transcended their own immortality to make the right decision where most others would have hesitated.

Some heroes affect one life, while others can change the course of history. Today we'll be looking at 10 courageous people in history and their amazing acts of heroism.

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Bishnu Shrestha, Nepali Gorkha soldier, fends off 40 train robbers with a knife

The bravery of Gurkha soldiers in battle is well documented. Incredibly skilled fighters with a clinical method of attack and brutal tactics that sometimes even disturb the rest of the British Army they are part of. This bravery does not stop on the battlefield or when they retire, as a group of train robbers and would-be rapist found out.

On September 2, 2010, a group of over 30 armed robbers attacked the Maurya Express, and everything went according to plan for them, until they decided to try and add rape to the list of offenses. At this point, Bishnu Shrestha, a retired Nepali Gurkha soldier, had had enough and proceed to draw his kukri fighting knife and fight back. While the robbers were armed with guns, knives, clubs, and swords, and were well organized, Shrestha did not care. He attacked ferociously, working his way through the train cars. By the end of the attack, he had killed three of the bandits, and seriously wounded another eight, before being subdued by the robbers as they tried to escape from the train.

Shrestha suffered a serious injury to his hand, but recovered. For his bravery, he was temporarily reinstated to his unit for the purpose of being promoted and honored with medals, as well as a cash bonus and discounted travel tickets from the Indian Government. Best of all, when the family of the girl who was the target of the attempted rape tried to give him a reward, he turned it down.

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Dr. Daniel Ellsberg leaks the Pentagon Papers to the press, and sticks around to face the music

Long before Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, and Julian Assange, there was Dr. Daniel Ellsberg. A strategic analyst employed at a global strategy think tank, he helped to contribute research to a study of classified documents regarding the conduct of the Vietnam War. It wasn’t until late 1969 that Ellsberg became disturbed by the course of the war, and he decided he should do something about it. Photocopying classified documents, he first approached members of the Senate, working throughout 1970 to try and persuade them to release these documents to the Senate. Unsuccessful, he shared the papers with Neil Sheehan of the New York Times, who then published them. After publication, Ellsberg then leaked the papers to other papers, including The Washington Post. Despite facing a number of charges that carried up to 115 years of sentences, Ellsberg stayed in the country instead of being a coward and running. He surrendered to authorities and faced the charges, and in 1973, all of the charges were dismissed.

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