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Your Millennium
To celebrate the year 2000, BBC News Online asked you to vote for the greatest people of the last 1,000 years. There was a different poll every month of 1999, on topics including greatest writer, greatest inventor and funniest person of the millennium. Each month we asked two experts for their personal top 10 suggestions. And in response we received thousands of votes from all over the world. Here are your choices.
Indira Gandhi Mahatma Gandhi

Indira Gandhi
Indian Prime Minister
Greatest Woman - Nov
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Mahatma Gandhi
Political leader
Greatest Man - Dec
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Cabinet Minister Mo Mowlam and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams chose Emmeline Pankhurst and Elizabeth I but you chose Indira Gandhi.

UN secretary-general Kofi Annan and businessman Richard Branson chose Adam Smith and Leonardo da Vinci. But BBC News Online readers put Mahatma Gandhi firmly at number one.
The runners up were: The runners up were:
1. QUEEN ELIZABETH 1 1. LEONARDO DA VINCI
2. MOTHER TERESA 2. JESUS CHRIST
3. MARIE CURIE 3. NELSON MANDELA

Johannes Gutenberg William Shakespeare Leonardon Da Vinci

Johannes Gutenberg
Inventor of the printing press
Greatest Inventor - Jan
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William Shakespeare
Playwright
Greatest Writer - Feb
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Leonardo Da Vinci
Artist / Inventor
Greatest Artist - Mar
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Trevor Baylis and Professor Heinz Wolff chose Frank Whittle and Michael Faraday but you voted overwhelmingly for Johannes Gutenberg.

Writers JG Ballard and Malcolm Bradbury chose Dante and Shakespeare. You agreed with Shakespeare.

Experts Alan Borg and Sir Roy Strong chose Jan Vermeer and The Master Builder of Chartres. You begged to differ and put Leonardo Da Vinci firmly into the top spot.
The runners up were: The runners up were: The runners up were:
1. THOMAS ALVA EDISON 1. JANE AUSTEN 1. MICHAELANGELO
2. LEONARDO DA VINCI 2. GEORGE ORWELL 2. PICASSO
3. NIKOLA TESLA 3. CHARLES DICKENS 3. VINCENT VAN GOGH

Paul McCartney Mahatma Gandhi

Paul McCartney
Songwriter
Greatest Composer - Apr

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Mahatma Gandhi
Independence leader
Greatest World Leader - May

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Opera star Cecilia Bartoli and musicmaker Thomas Dolby chose Mozart and Bach. Paul McCartney was your favourite although the our celebrity choices did make the top 10.

Veteran journalists John Simpson and Jon Snow chose Winston Churchill and Elizabeth I. They made your top 10 but you preferred Mahatma Gandhi.
The runners up were: The runners up were:
1. WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART 1. WINSTON CHURCHILL
2. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH 2. ELIZABETH I
3. LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN 3. GEORGE WASHINGTON

Amitabh Bachchan Muhammad Ali Spike Milligan

Amitabh Bachchan
Actor
Greatest actor of stage and screen - Jun
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Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight champion
Greatest sportsperson - Jul
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Spike Milligan
Comedian
Funniest person - Aug
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June's result surprised our experts, producer Mark Shivas and actor Meera Syal. They chose Cary Grant and Spencer Tracy.

Sportsmen Trevor Brooking and Imran Kahn and News Online readers all agreed on Muhammad Ali.

Comedy team French and Saunders and director Richard Curtis chose Lucille Ball and William Shakespeare but you preferred Spike Milligan.
The runners up were: The runners up were: The runners up were:
1. SIR LAURENCE OLIVIER 1. PELE 1. JOHN CLEESE
2. SIR ALEX GUINNESS 2. SUNIL GAVASKAR 2. BILLY CONNOLLY
3. CHARLIE CHAPLIN 3. MICHAEL JORDAN 3. CHARLIE CHAPLIN

Karl Marx Christopher Columbus

Karl Marx
Philosopher
Greatest Thinker - Sep

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Christopher Columbus
Explorer
Greatest explorer - Oct

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Philosophers Edward De Bono and Roger Scruton chose William James and Sir Thomas Aquinas. News Online readers voted for Karl Marx.

Explorers David Hemplemann Adams and Brian Jones chose Sir Ernest Shackelton and Captain Robert Scott but you preferred the famous Christopher Columbus.
The runners up were: The runners up were:
1. ALBERT EINSTEIN 1. CAPTAIN JAMES COOK
2. SIR ISAAC NEWTON 2. NEIL ARMSTRONG
3. CHARLES DARWIN 3. MARCO POLO

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