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. Adopting the name of Ben-Gurion in 1909, he rose to become the preeminent leader of the Jewish community in British-ruled Mandatory Palestine from 1935 until the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, which he led until 1963 with a short break in 1954–55. Ben-Gurion's passion for Zionism, which began early in life, led him to become a major Zionist leader and executive head of the World Zionist Organization in 1946. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of David Ben-Gurion has received more than 2,713,412 page views. His biography is available in 97 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 95 in 2019). David Ben-Gurion is the 182nd most popular politician (down from 175th in 2019), the 9th most popular biography from Poland (up from 10th in 2019) and the 2nd 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 182 out of 15,710Before him are Björn Ironside, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Alexander I of Russia, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Rodrigo Duterte, and Mars. After him are Ibrahim of the Ottoman Empire, Al Gore, Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, Puyi, Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, and Louis Philippe I.

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Among people born in 1886, David Ben-Gurion ranks 1After him are Diego Rivera, Robert Schuman, Alfonso XIII of Spain, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Oskar Kokoschka, Jean Arp, Béla Kun, Sergey Kirov, Marc Bloch, Karl von Frisch, and Karl Barth. Among people deceased in 1973, David Ben-Gurion ranks 5Before him are Pablo Picasso, J. R. R. Tolkien, Bruce Lee, and Pablo Neruda. After him are Salvador Allende, Erich von Manstein, Lyndon B. Johnson, Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden, Fulgencio Batista, Pearl S. Buck, and Henri Charrière.

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Among people born in Poland, David Ben-Gurion ranks 9 out of 1,231Before him are Marie Curie (1867), Pope John Paul II (1920), Arthur Schopenhauer (1788), Rosa Luxemburg (1871), Catherine the Great (1762), and Paul von Hindenburg (1847). After him are L. L. Zamenhof (1859), Heinz Guderian (1888), Lech Wałęsa (1943), Günter Grass (1927), Irena Sendler (1910), and Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686).


Among politicians born in Poland, David Ben-Gurion ranks 2Before him are Paul von Hindenburg (1847). After him are Lech Wałęsa (1943), Władysław IV Vasa (1595), Vladislaus II of Hungary (1456), Sigismund II Augustus (1520), Casimir III the Great (1310), Władysław III of Poland (1424), Wojciech Jaruzelski (1923), Sigismund I the Old (1467), Bolesław I the Brave (967), and Casimir IV Jagiellon (1427).