Bhumibol Adulyadej

1927 - 2016

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Bhumibol Adulyadej (5 December 1927 – 13 October 2016), conferred with the title King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great, was the ninth king of Thailand from the Chakri dynasty, titled Rama IX, from 1946 until his death in 2016. His reign of 70 years and 126 days is the longest of any Thai monarch, the longest of an independent Asian sovereign and the third longest verified reign of any monarch of a sovereign state in history after Louis XIV and Elizabeth II. Born in the United States, Bhumibol spent his early life in Switzerland, in the aftermath of the 1932 Siamese revolution which topped the centuries' old Thai absolute monarchy ruled by his uncle King Prajadhipok (Rama VII). He ascended to the throne in June 1946, following the death of his brother King Ananda Mahidol (Rama VIII), who died under mysterious circumstances. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bhumibol Adulyadej has received more than 8,241,566 page views. His biography is available in 132 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 131 in 2019). Bhumibol Adulyadej is the 367th most popular politician (up from 374th in 2019), the 112th most popular biography from United States (down from 111th in 2019) and the 31st most popular American Politician.

Bhumibol adulyadej is most famous for being the King of Thailand. He has held this position since 1946.

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Among politicians, Bhumibol Adulyadej ranks 367 out of 19,576Before him are Gustaf V of Sweden, Henry V of England, Sergio Mattarella, Kangxi Emperor, Erich Honecker, and Khafra. After him are Semiramis, Menachem Begin, Indira Gandhi, Patrice Lumumba, William the Silent, and Henry II of England.

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Among people born in 1927, Bhumibol Adulyadej ranks 6Before him are Gabriel García Márquez, Pope Benedict XVI, Ferenc Puskás, Gina Lollobrigida, and Günter Grass. After him are Olof Palme, Roger Moore, Samuel P. Huntington, Peter Falk, Vladimir Komarov, and Mstislav Rostropovich. Among people deceased in 2016, Bhumibol Adulyadej ranks 10Before him are Shimon Peres, Umberto Eco, Bud Spencer, David Bowie, Debbie Reynolds, and Alan Rickman. After him are Leonard Cohen, Zaha Hadid, Imre Kertész, Dario Fo, Andrzej Wajda, and Boutros Boutros-Ghali.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Bhumibol Adulyadej ranks 112 out of 20,380Before him are Jim Morrison (1943), John Dewey (1859), Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929), Debbie Reynolds (1932), John Forbes Nash Jr. (1928), and Joan Baez (1941). After him are Jack Nicholson (1937), Madonna (1958), Jane Addams (1860), Isadora Duncan (1877), Tupac Shakur (1971), and Noam Chomsky (1928).

Among POLITICIANS In United States

Among politicians born in United States, Bhumibol Adulyadej ranks 31Before him are Bill Clinton (1946), Theodore Roosevelt (1858), Woodrow Wilson (1856), Gerald Ford (1913), Crazy Horse (1840), and Lyndon B. Johnson (1908). After him are Barack Obama (1961), John Adams (1735), James Monroe (1758), Herbert Hoover (1874), Sitting Bull (1831), and Geronimo (1829).