CLAIM TO FAME That’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand to you, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
GLOBAL IMPACT His 1914 assassination in Sarajevo kick-started an international conflict known as World War I.
CLAIM TO FAME Four friends from Glasgow with a fondness for tuneful post-punk.
GLOBAL IMPACT They have the U.K. press busting out weapons-grade hyperbole and the New York rock nerds blogging their brains out.
CLAIM TO FAME The Serbian-American inventor (born 1856) was Thomas Edison’s nemesis.
GLOBAL IMPACT His discoveries led to AC current, which led to home appliances, which led to mass-media popular culture, which led to EW. Yes!
CLAIM TO FAME California metal act brought blue-collar blues to the glammed-out ’80s metal scene.
GLOBAL IMPACT Their 1990 hit, ”Signs,” prefigured the ”Unplugged” fad, encouraging a nation of headbangers to bust out the acoustic.
CLAIM TO FAME 18th-century British agriculture pioneer who invented the seed drill and horse-drawn hoe, yo.
GLOBAL IMPACT Made the world better for fruit-and-veggie-loving people everywhere.
CLAIM TO FAME U.K. musical pioneers with a penchant for mystical prog-rock and endless solos.
GLOBAL IMPACT Made the world safe for bald flute-playing singers dressed like aging hobbits.