Thinking Outside the Box: Historical Impact

By Daniel D’Amico, Trending Writer

Many have influenced various areas in unique ways. Through their creativity, they have introduced many things that we now see as commonplace. Wilbur and Orville Wright, Martin Luther King Jr., and Walt Disney fit this description well.

The Wright brothers succeeded in building a machine that differed from the previous ones. Their concepts and methods also set them apart. When attempting to make wings, they noticed how birds angled their wings for balance and control. This led to their concept referred to as “wing warping.”

This concept along with a movable rudder led to the creation of their flying machine in 1903. The machine was the first that could be controlled in the air. The world could now be viewed in a three-dimensional lens. This new way of seeing things presented infinity possibilities and may have led to other innovations in the future.

Martin Luther King Jr. is another who brought about great change because of his creativity. He was a fervent activist for the rights of African American people. King’s means of protest were inspired by Gandhi. His imitation of his nonviolent protests were extremely effective.

He had a huge following and many even look to his speeches and protests as an example today. His actions led to the passing of Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. These acts served as proof of the positive effects his efforts had. In a time where segregation was prevalent, he saw a world where all people could be equal.

Walt Disney’s actions have also had a great impact on modern society. He eventually opened his own animation studio after experimenting with different forms of animation. Some of his first cartoons include the ‘Laugh-O-Grams’ and Alice in Cartoonland. He created Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and, the character we all know and love today, Mickey Mouse.

Walt Disney animation studios has had countless successes throughout the years. Some are the Silly Symphonies, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Fantasia to name a few. He was known as a dreamer and thought of a theme park where parents and their children could spend time together. This was something he saw a lack of in his lifetime and led to a creation of Disneyland.

While these four figures succeeded in very different areas, they still had a big influence on society today. Their ideas have paved the way for a number of new innovations. They will always be remembered as very successful but more importantly as very creative people who made a big difference.


A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, April 26th print edition.

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