1.Ahmed Shah Massoud a.k.a the Lion of Panjshir was one of the leading mujahideen who helped fight the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan, men who were once called by none other than president Ronald Reagan, "freedom fighters... defending principles of independence and freedom that form the basis of global security and stability." These mujahideen were significantly financed, armed and trained by the United States. Finances which were in part distributed to mujahideen fighters by the rich and influential Saudi, Osama Bin Laden. In the early 1990's Massoud also functioned as Defense Minister of Afghanistan.
Massoud continued his struggle against the Taliban who came into power after the fall of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan as military leader of the Northern Alliance.
Massoud was assassinated in a suicide bomb attack by two Arabs posing as Belgian journalist two days before the events in New York city that lead to the destruction of the World Trade Centre. (Suspicious-sounding timing? Yer damn Skippy!)
2. Dr John C. Lilly was a physician and psychoanalyst specializing in biophysics, neurophysiology, electronics, computer theory and nearoanatomy. Inventor of the Isolation Tank Method of exploring consciousness, his work led him to interspecies communication projects between man and dolphin. Timothy Leary praised John as the twentieth century's Columbus.
Some memorable quote's : "In the province of mind, what is believed to be true is true, or becomes true within certain limits to be learned by experience and experiment."
"When consciousness got bored and turned in upon itself, creation began. He /She/It created time, space, energy, matter, male, female - the whole tableau. And he made it all so complicated that sneaky things may go on beyond its ken. If you get into these spaces at all, you must forget about them before you come back. You must forget that you are omnipotent and omniscient and take the game seriously so you'll engage in sex, have children and participate in the whole human scenario." The Omni Interviews (Wow! -Jake)
His work inspired two Hollywood films, The Day of the Dolphin and Altered States.
John died on the 30th of September 2001.
(Most info gathered and plagiarised from these fine sights wikipedia.org and deoxy.org)