Christine Jorgensen

1926 - 1989

Christine Jorgensen

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 1,212,125 page views. Her biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia making her the 1,087th most popular military personnel.

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Among military personnels, Christine Jorgensen ranks 1,090 out of 1,194Before her are Yakov Smushkevich, William Calley, Frederick Browning, Doris Miller, Alan Cunningham, and Henry Clinton. After her are Bruce Fraser, 1st Baron Fraser of North Cape, Ian Hamilton, Georgi Todorov, Raúl Reyes, Edward Braddock, and Pavel Batov.

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Among people born in 1926, Christine Jorgensen ranks 233Before her are Ljubiša Spajić, Hans-Jochen Vogel, William Porter, William Wakefield Baum, Moshe Sanbar, and Hans Günter Winkler. After her are Anneliese Rothenberger, Héctor Vilches, Ken Olsen, Richard Jaeckel, René Depestre, and Ann Curtis. Among people deceased in 1989, Christine Jorgensen ranks 146Before her are Mary McCarthy, Huey P. Newton, Veniamin Kaverin, Kazimierz Sabbat, Wilfrid Sellars, and Manuel Rosas. After her are Hilmar Baunsgaard, Alfredo Zitarrosa, Roy Eldridge, Nils Axelsson, José Augusto Brandão, and Alvin Ailey.

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Among people born in United States, Christine Jorgensen ranks 4,620 out of 12,171Before her are Frederick Law Olmsted (1822), Denver Pyle (1920), Stella Stevens (1936), Jay Cutler (1973), David Sanborn (1945), and Michael Peña (1976). After her are Leigh Brackett (1915), Seasick Steve (1951), Cameron Boyce (1999), Michael B. Jordan (1987), Melanie (1947), and Carmine Appice (1946).


Among military personnels born in United States, Christine Jorgensen ranks 69Before her are Robert Anderson (1805), Nathanael Greene (1742), William D. Leahy (1875), J. E. B. Stuart (1833), Albert Sidney Johnston (1803), and William Calley (1943). After her are Braxton Bragg (1817), Richard Bong (1920), Robert Gould Shaw (1837), Carl Spaatz (1891), George Pickett (1825), and Arthur MacArthur Jr. (1845).

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