The passive voice is,

Things that should not have been forgotten

I tried converting this to active voice.

attempt 1.

No one was supposed to forget those things.

attempt 2.

No one was supposed to forget these things.

attempt 3.

No one was to forget those(or 'these'?) things

which one of these, if any at all, are correct? If none then what is(are) the right one(ones)?

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You're trying to convert the wrong part of the phrase. The passive bit is "have been forgotten". An active rendering of this would be:

Things that we should not have forgotten.

or if you want to continue using "no-one":

Things that no-one should have forgotten

but I don't really think that preserves the original sense.

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