History Hot 100 - 2017

BBC History Magazine wants to find out which people from the past are the most relevant to us today, and for that we need your input. Simply enter the names of the three historical figures who you are most interested in right now in the boxes below. Where variants exist, please use the most common titles or spellings.

You can choose whichever historical figure you like, provided they died more than 30 years ago (before 1 January 1987). There is an optional box after each choice where you can tell us why you’ve chosen that particular figure, but it’s not compulsory. If you do provide your reasons, we may include some of them in future magazine or website content around this project.

The closing date for choices is 11.59pm (GMT) on 22 June 2017. After that, we’ll collate the data and produce a shortlist of 10 individuals, to be announced online on Monday 26 June. You'll then be able to vote again for the individual you'd like to see crowned number one.


Who will get your vote?

Your first choice

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Your second choice

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Your third choice

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We may want to contact you again to find out more about your choices, so please enter your details here.

The purpose of this poll is to allow users of the site to express their views on the subject of the question. While the results will be of interest to other users and the editorial team, it is not a representative sample. By clicking the 'Submit' button, you are agreeing to BBC History Magazine's terms and conditions.

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