Acts of courage can inspire courage in others. The following are five outstanding individuals from history whose acts were courageous and significant because of their brave actions.
Terrance “Terry” Fox was a young athlete whose life would be irreparably changed by a diagnosis of cancer that led to the amputation of one leg. In response, he decided to run long-distance from the Atlantic coast of Canada to the Pacific coast to raise awareness and funding for cancer research. He passed away after the cancer spread to his lungs, however he is honored as a national hero of Canada, and to this day runs are held in his name for cancer funding and awareness.
Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc is one of the most famous women in history. As a teenager, she led the armies of France during the Hundred Years War to several victories in the 14th century. Ultimately she was captured and executed by the English, but her brave acts led to her canonization as a saint in 1920. To this day she remains a folk hero in France.
According to the CDC, about 1 in 88 children have been identified as having some form of autism. Tito Mukhopadhyay is a child that had been diagnosed with severe autism. He overcame his inablity to speak with learning to write from his mother to express his thoughts and feelings.
Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-born inventor who emigrated to the United States to work for Thomas Edison, only to be treated unfairly by Edison and others both for being an immigrant as well as having revolutionary ideas that, if they came to fruition, would put antiquated services out of business. Even though he died poor and underrecognized, we use many of his inventions to this day, like AC electricity.
Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla
Miguel Hidalgo was a Mexican-born full-blooded Spanish priest who is best known as the “Father of Mexico” for kickstarting Mexican independence. Knowing he would be risking his own life, he issued a rallying cry that snowballed into full blown revolution which would eventually lead to Mexico’s independence from Spain.