Christine Jorgensen

1926 - 1989

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Christine Jorgensen (May 30, 1926 – May 3, 1989) was an American transgender woman who was the first person to become widely known in the United States for having sex reassignment surgery. Jorgensen grew up in the Bronx, New York City. Shortly after graduating from high school in 1945, she was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. After her military service, she attended several schools and worked; it is during this time she learned about sex reassignment surgery. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Christine Jorgensen has received more than 1,423,076 page views. Her biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). Christine Jorgensen is the 1,200th most popular military personnel (down from 1,090th in 2019), the 4,437th most popular biography from United States (up from 4,618th in 2019) and the 75th most popular American Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Christine Jorgensen ranks 1,200 out of 1,466Before her are François Le Fort, Valentin Varennikov, Frank Serpico, François Perrier, Joseph Hooker, and Alfonso Cano. After her are Karl von Einem, Muhammad bin Bakhtiyar Khalji, Henry Tandey, Harry Patch, Miguel Grau Seminario, and Leo Phokas the Younger.

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Among people born in 1926, Christine Jorgensen ranks 227Before her are Marian Jaworski, Theo Adam, Bill Sharman, Bucky Pizzarelli, Heinz Kwiatkowski, and Driss Chraïbi. After her are Pascual Pérez, William Wakefield Baum, Tadeusz Konwicki, Arnošt Lustig, Kristen Nygaard, and Agostino Cacciavillan. Among people deceased in 1989, Christine Jorgensen ranks 133Before her are Halina Konopacka, Yuliya Solntseva, Bernard-Marie Koltès, Guy Laroche, Armand Salacrou, and Harald Edelstam. After her are Harold Jeffreys, Abbie Hoffman, Alex Thépot, Alvin Ailey, Thorkild Hansen, and Harry Andrews.

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Among people born in United States, Christine Jorgensen ranks 4,437 out of 15,968Before her are Albert Ayler (1936), Grace Coolidge (1879), Alvin E. Roth (1951), Joseph Hooker (1814), Garrett Hardin (1915), and Amanda Peet (1972). After her are Margaret O'Brien (1937), Carmine Appice (1946), Ric Ocasek (1949), Jon Hamm (1971), Michael Kahn (1935), and Chandra Wilson (1969).


Among military personnels born in United States, Christine Jorgensen ranks 75Before her are Carl Spaatz (1891), Albert Sidney Johnston (1803), George Dewey (1837), Nelson A. Miles (1839), Frank Serpico (1936), and Joseph Hooker (1814). After her are William D. Leahy (1875), William Guarnere (1923), Robert Anderson (1805), Eddie Slovik (1920), J. E. B. Stuart (1833), and George Pickett (1825).