David Ben-Gurion

1886 - 1973

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David Ben-Gurion ( ben GOOR-ee-ən; Hebrew: דָּוִד בֶּן־גּוּרִיּוֹן [daˈvid ben ɡuʁˈjon] ; born David Grün; 16 October 1886 – 1 December 1973) was the primary national founder of the State of Israel as well as its first prime minister. As head of the Jewish Agency from 1935, and later president of the Jewish Agency Executive, he was the de facto leader of the Jewish community in Palestine, and largely led the movement for an independent Jewish state in Mandatory Palestine. Born in Płońsk, then part of Congress Poland, to Polish Jewish parents, he immigrated to the Palestine region of the Ottoman Empire in 1906. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of David Ben-Gurion has received more than 4,748,773 page views. His biography is available in 103 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 100 in 2019). David Ben-Gurion is the 138th most popular politician (up from 222nd in 2019), the 8th most popular biography from Poland (up from 10th in 2019) and the most popular Polish Politician.

David Ben-Gurion was the first Prime Minister of Israel and is most famous for his role in the creation of the state of Israel.

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Among politicians, David Ben-Gurion ranks 138 out of 19,576Before him are Murad I, John Major, Herod the Great, Isabella I of Castile, Murad II, and Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor. After him are Benjamin Netanyahu, Bernie Sanders, Skanderbeg, Bayezid II, Sun Yat-sen, and Simón Bolívar.

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Among people born in 1886, David Ben-Gurion ranks 1After him are Alfonso XIII of Spain, Robert Schuman, Diego Rivera, Oskar Kokoschka, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Manne Siegbahn, Béla Kun, Sergey Kirov, Marc Bloch, René Guénon, and Jean Arp. Among people deceased in 1973, David Ben-Gurion ranks 4Before him are Pablo Picasso, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Bruce Lee. After him are Salvador Allende, Pablo Neruda, Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden, Erich von Manstein, Lyndon B. Johnson, Fulgencio Batista, Abebe Bikila, and Hans Kelsen.

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Among people born in Poland, David Ben-Gurion ranks 8 out of 1,694Before him are Frédéric Chopin (1810), Marie Curie (1867), Pope John Paul II (1920), Arthur Schopenhauer (1788), Catherine the Great (1729), and Rosa Luxemburg (1871). After him are Lech Wałęsa (1943), Paul von Hindenburg (1847), L. L. Zamenhof (1859), Manfred von Richthofen (1892), Günter Grass (1927), and Adam Mickiewicz (1798).


Among politicians born in Poland, David Ben-Gurion ranks 1After him are Lech Wałęsa (1943), Paul von Hindenburg (1847), Lech Kaczyński (1949), Władysław IV Vasa (1595), Yitzhak Shamir (1915), Sigismund II Augustus (1520), Vladislaus II of Hungary (1456), Casimir III the Great (1310), Donald Tusk (1957), Wojciech Jaruzelski (1923), and Sigismund I the Old (1467).