MOWO HUGE people

Adding more, just wanted to get it out there in a preliminary state. I'll finish in the next 20 minutes.
Johannes Gutenberg
first movable-type printing press
John Harrison
perfected the chronometer/determined longitude
Prince Henry the Navigator
founded a navigation school
Ottoman Turks
sacked Constantinople (Istanbul)
Bartholomeu Dias
sailed around the Cape of Good Hope
Christopher Columbus
Sails westward for Spain; after the Reconquista, Landed on "San Salvador", miscalculated the circumference at around 18,750 miles
The Pope
Set up the Treaty of Tordesillas, which divided the globe between Portugal (east) and Spain (West)
Vasco da Gama
Direct route to India (greatest seafaring feat of the time)
Amerigo Vespucci
cartographer aboard an expedition to Brazil, Convinced the land "discovered" was a New World - Mundus Novus, Names the new land "America
Ferdinand Magellan
Sailed past southernmost point of S. Am. (Strait of last name), Expedition was 1st to circumnavigate the globe, 5 ships and 280 men
Hernan Cortes
destroys Aztec capital city (Tenochtitlán)
Francisco Pizarro
studied conquerer of Aztecs, seizes Inca Empire (Peru) for Spain
Ferdinand & Isabella
unite Catholic lands, start Reconquista to drive Moors out, which hurts Spain financially
John Wyclif
promoted Bible-focused theology; wanted separation of Church & state; "Lollards" were persecuted (1300s); translates Bible into English (from Latin)
Desidarius Erasmus
The Praise of Folly (1511); criticized Catholic church; too ceremonial, lacking in spirituality
Thomas More
Utopia (1516; "nowhere"); "perfect" society; property divided equally; no greed
Martin Luther
The Unwitting Revolutionary, created 95 theses, faith is key to salvation, banished at Diet of Worms, prints Bible in German, against peasant revolt
Charles V
Banished person opposed to Church at Diet of Worms
Johann Tetzel
Sold indulgences, main person person against selling indulgences opposed
Henry VIII
forms Anglican Church after being denied annulment, supreme head of the Church of England, grants land to nobles as a bribe, remained true to most Catholic teachings, married 6 times
Huldrych Zwingli
Spread reformation outside borders of the Holy Roman Empire, Rejected anything not literally in the Bible
John Calvin
Concluded faith was a gift from God (pre-destination) - God saved only the elect, Faith & virtue = results of salvation (≠ causes), Catholic Church = evil; should be destroyed, Puritanical - pure, simple services & churches
Ignatius de Loyola
Founder of the Jesuits, stressed good deeds, spread Christianity around the globe
Philip II
Inherits Habsburg lands, neglected expanding farming & industries ... very high inflation ruins economy over time
Elizabeth I
English, supports Dutch (defensive - Spain may have attacked if they won), involved in major event in the water
French Calvinist
Henry IV
inherits throne; converts to Catholicism ... "Paris is worth a Mass", creates Edict of Nantes, which creates freedom of religion; full civil rights; fortify cities
Oda Nobunaga
Sought to unite Japan, Equips army with guns, captures Kyoto, eventually controlled ½ of Japan; defeated
Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Military genius, Wins allegiance of daimyo, National survey - taxes, Expels missionaries,"Sword Hunt", Attempts to conquer Korea
Tokugawa Ieyasu
Becomes shogun by force (can't become emperor because its a holy position, but gives shogun more power), forced daimyo to swear loyalty, created Great Peace of First Name, which prevents daimyo revolt
Robert Clive
established military and political supremacy of the Br. East India Co. throughout India
Shah Abbas I
height of Safavid power; expanded lands, made several reforms, forced Shi'ah Islam on people
Nadir Shah
military leader; deposes the last Safavid emperor, sacks Dehli, sends Mughal Empire into disarray
Muhammad ibn abd-al Wahhab
created Wahhabism, which was a strict Sunni branch of Islam that said Allah alone should be worshipped
Suleyman the Magnificent
height of Ottoman power, defeated at Vienna
Sultan Selim III
created the Ottoman westernization
King Afonso I
leader of Kongo kingdom, converts to Catholocism, allies with the Dutch before being defeated by the Portuguese
first female leader of Ndongo (Angola), males dressed up as women under her, allies with the Dutch before being defeated by the Portuguese