Ariel Sharon

1928 - 2014

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Ariel Sharon (Hebrew: אֲרִיאֵל שָׁרוֹן [aʁiˈ(ʔ)el ʃaˈʁon] ; also known by his diminutive Arik, אָרִיק; 26 February 1928 – 11 January 2014) was an Israeli general and politician who served as the 11th prime minister of Israel from March 2001 until April 2006. Born in Kfar Malal in Mandatory Palestine to Russian Jewish immigrants, he rose in the ranks of the Israeli Army from its creation in 1948, participating in the 1948 Palestine war as platoon commander of the Alexandroni Brigade and taking part in several battles. Sharon became an instrumental figure in the creation of Unit 101 and the reprisal operations, including the 1953 Qibya massacre, as well as in the 1956 Suez Crisis, the Six-Day War of 1967, the War of Attrition, and the Yom-Kippur War of 1973. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ariel Sharon has received more than 4,512,903 page views. His biography is available in 96 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 92 in 2019). Ariel Sharon is the 119th most popular politician (up from 276th in 2019), the 14th most popular biography from Israel (up from 25th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Israeli Politician.

Ariel Sharon was the Prime Minister of Israel from 2001 to 2006. He is most famous for his military career, where he was a tank commander during the Six-Day War in 1967 and the Yom Kippur War in 1973.

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Among politicians, Ariel Sharon ranks 119 out of 19,576Before him are Harry S. Truman, Silvio Berlusconi, Hadrian, Pontius Pilate, Kim Jong-il, and Golda Meir. After him are Mary I of England, Mehmed III, Yitzhak Rabin, Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor, Tiberius, and Louis XIII of France.

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Among people born in 1928, Ariel Sharon ranks 2Before him is Che Guevara. After him are Andy Warhol, Stanley Kubrick, Hosni Mubarak, Ennio Morricone, John Forbes Nash Jr., Noam Chomsky, Agnès Varda, Eduard Shevardnadze, Serge Gainsbourg, and James Watson. Among people deceased in 2014, Ariel Sharon ranks 1After him are Gabriel García Márquez, Alfredo Di Stéfano, Eusébio, Robin Williams, Eduard Shevardnadze, Claudio Abbado, Luis Aragonés, Joe Cocker, Wojciech Jaruzelski, Eli Wallach, and Gough Whitlam.

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Among people born in Israel, Ariel Sharon ranks 14 out of 466Before him are Josephus (37), Samson (-1118), Mary Magdalene (-10), Matthew the Apostle (10), Mahmoud Abbas (1935), and Jonah (-850). After him are Yitzhak Rabin (1922), Isaiah (-800), Saul (-1079), Herod the Great (-73), Benjamin Netanyahu (1949), and Baldwin IV of Jerusalem (1161).


Among politicians born in Israel, Ariel Sharon ranks 2Before him are Mahmoud Abbas (1935). After him are Yitzhak Rabin (1922), Herod the Great (-73), Benjamin Netanyahu (1949), Baldwin IV of Jerusalem (1161), Moshe Dayan (1915), Herod Antipas (-20), Rehoboam (-972), Sibylla, Queen of Jerusalem (1160), Amin al-Husseini (1895), and Jeroboam (-1000).