Albert Einstein, with poor grades in geography, history and languages, dropped out of school.
Composer George Gershwin ("Rhapsody in Blue") left school to pitch his songs in Tin Pan Alley.
Chess champion Bobby Fischer became an international grandmaster and dropped out of high school to devote himself to professional competition.
Swedish tennis star Bjorn Borg dropped out of school to concentrate on tennis.
American reformer Susan B. Anthony began teaching school.
Issac Asimov entered Columbia University.
Henry Ford, disliking life on the farm, moved to Detroit and trained as a machinist.
Ragtime musician Eubie Blake began playing piano in Baltimore brothels.
Benjamin Franklin contributed anonymously to a local newspaper, and he wrote ballads and peddled them in the streets. Also at this age, he became a free-thinker and a vegetarian.
Edith Piaf began her career singing in the streets of Paris.
Billie Holiday began singing in a Harlem nightclub.
Eddie Murphy performed his own comedy routines at youth centers in New York.
Louis Braille, blind since age 3, improved the method of raised writing.
Baker's apprentice Hanson Crockett Gregory invented the first ring doughnuts by knocking the center out of a fried doughnut.
Outlaw Jesse James joined up with Quantrill's pro-Confederate guerrillas.
Tennis player Jennifer Capriati became the youngest semifinalist at Wimbledon.
Inventor Thomas Alva Edison became manager of a telegraph office.
Newspaper editor Horace Greeley became an apprentice printer.
Anne Frank wrote the final entry in her diary.
D. Eversz gave herself a concussion in Foot Locker after attempting to do a backflip off the counter.
A 15-year-old boy in southern India performed a Caesarean section on film, in an attempt to get his name in the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest surgeon. The surgery was successful, but his physician father may face criminal charges and have his license revoked.
I'm not sure if this should make me happy, depressed, or both.