Famous People From History That Are Surprisingly Still Alive Today

History is made on a daily basis.

Indeed, there is little more exciting than having witnessed the accomplishments of people like Barack Obama, Stacey Abrams, and Greta Thunberg knowing that they have firmly reserved a space for themselves in history books.

Of course, most of the people who paved the way to make the world what it is today have long since passed away.

Not all of them, though!

It may surprise you to learn that there are people who made an indelible impression on history who are still much alive today.

Some of whom even continue to make a difference to this very day

Redditor enginearz was eager to hear about historical figures people were surprised to learn were still alive, leading them to ask:

"What famous person from history is still alive?"

Forever Leaving His Name In Science

"Yuri Oganessian."

"He's the only currently living man with an element on the periodic table named after him."- snowflake247

Quite The Story To Tell

"Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha."

"Last human to hold the title of Tsar, as leader of the Kingdom of Bulgaria."

"He was exiled along with his family when the Soviets invaded Bulgaria in 1944."

"In 1990, after the fall of the Soviet Union, Simeon returned from exile to Bulgaria and July 2001, was democratically elected prime minister."

"The private citizen is now 85."- DirectionNew5328

Making Nature Cool For Decades

"Jane Goodall."

"David Attenborough."- random_username_96

You Can Do It Uoftartsci GIF by U of T Faculty of Arts & ScienceGiphy

The Fought For Freedom And Justice

"John Hemingway."

"The last surviving airman of the battle of Britain."

"He is 103 years old."

"Ivan Martynushkin."

"He helped with the liberation of Auschwitz."

"He is 99 years old."

"Benjamin Ferencz."

"He was a prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials."

"He is 102 years old."- Ashtar-the-Squid

"Traute Lafrenz."

"The last living member of the german anti-nazi resistance group 'White Rose".

"Most well-known members were the sibling Sophie and Hans Scholl, who were executed by the Nazis when they were identified."- ChrisTinnef

The One Who Made One Giant Leap For Mankind

"Buzz Aldrin, and I’m not even American."- mukaltin

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Opening Doors For So Many Others

"Ruby Bridges."

"She was one of the first black kids to go to an all-white school."

"There is a famous picture of that first day."- mumwifealcoholic

He Continues To Surprise Us

"Ozzy Osbourne."- CaptinDerpI

Admirably Defying So Many Odds

"Jimmy Carter."

"98 years old."- Back2Bach

Jimmy Carter Drilling GIF by GIPHY NewsGiphy

We've Still Got Two Out Of Four

"Paul and Ringo"- HMKingHenryIX

Inching Close To The Big One Double Oh...

"Kissinger."- LucyVialli

And Still Practically Perfect In Every Way

"Julie Andrews."- aslrules

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Who Could Forget About Dick Van Dyke ?!?!?!?!

"Everyone just forgetting about Dick Van Dyke, he's like 97 and still going."

"If you've never heard of him, he played in Marry Poppins, along with a bunch more movies"- Longjumping_Drag2752

And Still Stunning

"Sophia Loren is still kicking."- The_REAL_McWeasel

Continuing To Go Where No Man Has Gone Before

"William Shatner doesn't look it but that dude is in his 90s wtf."- flubberF*ck

William Shatner Fun GIF by Shark WeekGiphy

Perhaps what's most admirable, is that even when these astonishing people do eventually pass, they will continue to live on and change the world with the remarkable work they did.

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