8. WW2 HERO LOUIS ZAMPERINI DIES AT 97
Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete and WW2 veteran, has died at the age of 97. Born in New York, Zamperini met Hitler at the 1936 Olympics where he ran the 5,000m race. During the war, his plane was shot down and he survived 47 days in a raft and two years being tortured as a Japanese prisoner.