10 Amazing Courageous People In History
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.
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.
Didar Hossain saves 34 people in Rana Plaza collapse
One of the worst building collapses in recent times, the Rana Plaza disaster claimed the lives of hundreds of workers. When the building fell, Didar Hossain was at work in a garment factory across from the plaza, and like many others, his first sense was to try and help. Pushing past a security guard trying to keep his fellow workers inside, Didar worked his way through unstable wreckage as one of the first people on the scene. Untrained at rescue or surgery, Didar nonetheless dragged out dead bodies as well as survivors, performing amputations to free trapped workers. By the end of the day, he managed to free 34 workers, many of whom would have been further injured or killed before trained rescuers would have made it to them.