Ahmed Ben Bella

1916 - 2012

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Ahmed Ben Bella (Arabic: أحمد بن بلّة Aḥmad bin Billah; 25 December 1916 – 11 April 2012) was an Algerian politician, soldier and socialist revolutionary who served as the head of government of Algeria from 27 September 1962 to 15 September 1963 and then the first president of Algeria from 15 September 1963 to 19 June 1965. Ben Bella played an important role during the Algerian war of independence against France, leading the FLN, organizing the shipment of foreign weapons and coordinating political strategy from Cairo. Despite not being present in Algeria, French authorities tried to assassinate him multiple times. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ahmed Ben Bella has received more than 752,153 page views. His biography is available in 68 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 66 in 2019). Ahmed Ben Bella is the 1,168th most popular politician (down from 1,121st in 2019), the 11th most popular biography from Algeria and the 3rd most popular Algerian Politician.

Ahmed ben Bella is most famous for being the first president of Algeria, a country in North Africa. He was president from 1963 to 1965.

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Among politicians, Ahmed Ben Bella ranks 1,168 out of 19,576Before him are Napoléon, Prince Imperial, Takeda Shingen, David Lloyd George, Nikolai Yezhov, Mohamed Naguib, and Baldwin III of Jerusalem. After him are Sandra Mason, Michael VII Doukas, Al-Mu'tasim, Basil I, Alauddin Khalji, and Frederick II of Denmark.

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Among people born in 1916, Ahmed Ben Bella ranks 15Before him are Aldo Moro, Lyudmila Pavlichenko, Hans-Ulrich Rudel, Gough Whitlam, Claude Shannon, and João Havelange. After him are Olivia de Havilland, Ruth Handler, Harold Wilson, Yehudi Menuhin, Herbert A. Simon, and Tsutomu Yamaguchi. Among people deceased in 2012, Ahmed Ben Bella ranks 9Before him are Norodom Sihanouk, Wisława Szymborska, Ray Bradbury, Whitney Houston, Yitzhak Shamir, and Griselda Blanco. After him are Rita Levi-Montalcini, Tony Scott, Michael Clarke Duncan, Jon Lord, Eric Hobsbawm, and Elinor Ostrom.

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In Algeria

Among people born in Algeria, Ahmed Ben Bella ranks 11 out of 213Before him are Jacques Derrida (1930), Yves Saint Laurent (1936), Macrinus (164), Saint Monica (332), Louis Althusser (1918), and Jugurtha (-160). After him are Emir Abdelkader (1808), Juba II (-52), Édouard-Henri Avril (1849), Abdelmadjid Tebboune (1945), Houari Boumédiène (1932), and Dihya (700).

Among POLITICIANS In Algeria

Among politicians born in Algeria, Ahmed Ben Bella ranks 3Before him are Macrinus (164), and Jugurtha (-160). After him are Emir Abdelkader (1808), Juba II (-52), Abdelmadjid Tebboune (1945), Houari Boumédiène (1932), Dihya (700), Princess Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois (1898), Juba I of Numidia (-85), Ptolemy of Mauretania (-9), and Syphax (-250).