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David Ben-Gurion

1886 - 1973

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David Ben-Gurion ( ben GOOR-ee-ən; Hebrew: דָּוִד בֶּן-גּוּרִיּוֹן [daˈvid ben ɡuʁˈjon ] (listen); born David Grün; 16 October 1886 – 1 December 1973) was the primary national founder of the State of Israel and the first prime minister of Israel. Born in Russian Empire-controlled Płońsk, he moved to Palestine in 1906. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of David Ben-Gurion has received more than 3,360,879 page views. His biography is available in 100 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 97 in 2019). David Ben-Gurion is the 224th most popular politician (down from 182nd in 2019), the 10th most popular biography from Poland (down from 9th in 2019) and the 3rd 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 224 out of 15,577Before him are Ferdinand II of Aragon, Hosni Mubarak, Napoleon II, Paul I of Russia, Harald V of Norway, and Ibrahim of the Ottoman Empire. After him are Dwight D. Eisenhower, Anwar Sadat, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Domitian, Lucius Tarquinius Superbus, and Gamal Abdel Nasser.

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Among people born in 1886, David Ben-Gurion ranks 1After him are Diego Rivera, Alfonso XIII of Spain, Robert Schuman, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Oskar Kokoschka, Sergey Kirov, Béla Kun, Jean Arp, Marc Bloch, Manne Siegbahn, and Karl Barth. Among people deceased in 1973, David Ben-Gurion ranks 6Before him are Pablo Picasso, J. R. R. Tolkien, Bruce Lee, Pablo Neruda, and Salvador Allende. After him are Erich von Manstein, Lyndon B. Johnson, Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden, Fulgencio Batista, Pearl S. Buck, and Ivan Konev.

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Among people born in Poland, David Ben-Gurion ranks 10 out of 1,454Before him are Pope John Paul II (1920), Arthur Schopenhauer (1788), Catherine the Great (1729), Rosa Luxemburg (1871), Lech Wałęsa (1943), and Paul von Hindenburg (1847). After him are L. L. Zamenhof (1859), Fritz Haber (1868), Günter Grass (1927), Wernher von Braun (1912), Johann Gottfried Herder (1744), and Manfred von Richthofen (1892).


Among politicians born in Poland, David Ben-Gurion ranks 3Before him are Lech Wałęsa (1943) and Paul von Hindenburg (1847). After him are Władysław IV Vasa (1595), Leonid Kravchuk (1934), Vladislaus II of Hungary (1456), Zbigniew Brzezinski (1928), Sigismund II Augustus (1520), Lech Kaczyński (1949), Wojciech Jaruzelski (1923), Władysław III of Poland (1424), and Casimir III the Great (1310).