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Date Masamune

1567 - 1636

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Date Masamune (伊達 政宗, September 5, 1567 – June 27, 1636) was a regional ruler of Japan's Azuchi–Momoyama period through early Edo period. Heir to a long line of powerful daimyō in the Tōhoku region, he went on to found the modern-day city of Sendai. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Date Masamune has received more than 1,229,771 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 35 in 2019). Date Masamune is the 209th most popular military personnel (down from 191st in 2019), the 68th most popular biography from Japan (down from 59th in 2019) and the 11th most popular Japanese Military Personnel.

Masamune is most famous for the creation of a sword called "Kusanagi-no-tsurugi" or "Grass Cutting Sword." This sword was said to be one of the three Imperial Regalia of Japan and was used by the emperor during coronation ceremonies.

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Among military personnels, Date Masamune ranks 209 out of 1,468Before him are Wilhelm Mohnke, Maxime Weygand, Alfred von Tirpitz, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, Giovanni Giustiniani, and Sun Ce. After him are Lucius Aemilius Paullus Macedonicus, Bertrand du Guesclin, Pedro de Valdivia, Nikolai Vatutin, Kurt Student, and Han Xin.

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Among people born in 1567, Date Masamune ranks 4Before him are Claudio Monteverdi, Francis de Sales, and Maurice, Prince of Orange. After him are Samuel de Champlain, Infanta Catherine Michelle of Spain, Sanada Yukimura, Jacques Clément, Willem Schouten, Eleanor de' Medici, Jindřich Matyáš Thurn, and Honoré d'Urfé. Among people deceased in 1636, Date Masamune ranks 2Before him is Pieter Brueghel the Younger. After him are Santorio Santorio, Mulla Sadra, Stefano Maderno, Dong Qichang, Sendivogius, Augustus the Elder, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Iskandar Muda, and Gregorio Fernández.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Date Masamune ranks 68 out of 6,048Before him are Emperor Suizei (-669), Koxinga (1624), Sei Shōnagon (966), Natsume Sōseki (1867), Liv Ullmann (1938), and Uesugi Kenshin (1530). After him are Kazuo Ishiguro (1954), Fumio Kishida (1957), Sonny Chiba (1939), Hideki Yukawa (1907), Kenzō Tange (1913), and Tōgō Heihachirō (1848).


Among military personnels born in Japan, Date Masamune ranks 11Before him are Hattori Hanzō (1542), Saigō Takamori (1828), Chūichi Nagumo (1887), Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1159), Akechi Mitsuhide (1526), and Tadamichi Kuribayashi (1891). After him are Tōgō Heihachirō (1848), Tokugawa Yoshinobu (1837), Ishida Mitsunari (1559), Tomoyuki Yamashita (1885), Toyotomi Hideyori (1593), and Iwane Matsui (1878).