Chico Mendes

1944 - 1988

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Francisco Alves Mendes Filho, better known as Chico Mendes (Brazilian Portuguese: /ˈʃiku ˈmẽdʒis, -dʒiʃ, -dis/) 15 December 1944 – 22 December 1988), was a Brazilian rubber tapper, trade union leader and environmentalist. He fought to preserve the Amazon rainforest, and advocated for the human rights of Brazilian peasants and indigenous peoples. He was assassinated by a rancher on 22 December 1988. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Chico Mendes has received more than 348,443 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia. Chico Mendes is the 193rd most popular social activist (up from 208th in 2019), the 121st most popular biography from Brazil (up from 143rd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Brazilian Social Activist.

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Among social activists, Chico Mendes ranks 193 out of 544Before him are Carl Oberg, Hrant Dink, Rigoberta Menchú, Al-Shaykh Al-Mufid, Hanns Martin Schleyer, and Bacha Khan. After him are Margaret Sanger, Huber Matos, Simon bar Giora, Lalla Fatma N'Soumer, Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson, and Vandana Shiva.

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Among people born in 1944, Chico Mendes ranks 138Before him are Willem van Hanegem, Johnny Winter, Mordechai Spiegler, Chris Patten, Brian Tracy, and Sergei Belov. After him are Michel Polnareff, Giacomo dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, Peter Mayhew, Marie-Christine Barrault, Angela Winkler, and Steve Fossett. Among people deceased in 1988, Chico Mendes ranks 58Before him are Dino Grandi, Sergey Gorshkov, Carmen Polo, 1st Lady of Meirás, Raymond Dart, Branko Zebec, and Bacha Khan. After him are Giacinto Scelsi, Trường Chinh, Anne Ramsey, Renato Salvatori, Françoise Dolto, and Lev Pontryagin.

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Among people born in Brazil, Chico Mendes ranks 121 out of 1,947Before him are Augusto Boal (1931), Baden Powell (1937), Loalwa Braz (1953), Leovegildo Lins da Gama Júnior (1954), Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior (1943), and Fernando Meirelles (1955). After him are Émerson Leão (1949), Fernando Collor de Mello (1949), Jânio Quadros (1917), José Mauro de Vasconcelos (1920), Floriano Peixoto (1839), and Princess Francisca of Brazil (1824).


Among social activists born in Brazil, Chico Mendes ranks 2Before him are Tiradentes (1746). After him are Lampião (1897).