Edward Gierek

1913 - 2001

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Edward Gierek (Polish pronunciation: [ˈɛdvart ˈɡʲɛrɛk]; 6 January 1913 – 29 July 2001) was a Polish Communist politician and de facto leader of Poland between 1970 and 1980. Gierek replaced Władysław Gomułka as First Secretary of the ruling Polish United Workers' Party (PZPR) in the Polish People's Republic in 1970. He is known for opening communist Poland to the Western Bloc and for his economic policies based on foreign loans. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Edward Gierek has received more than 239,560 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Edward Gierek is the 5,112th most popular politician (down from 4,616th in 2019), the 293rd most popular biography from Poland (down from 274th in 2019) and the 71st most popular Polish Politician.

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Among politicians, Edward Gierek ranks 5,112 out of 15,710Before him are Tammam Salam, Leonardo Loredan, Cleomenes II, Carlos Saavedra Lamas, Kalākaua, and Milan Hodža. After him are Prince Frederick of the Netherlands, Publius Cornelius Lentulus Sura, Alberto Fernández, Catherine of Bosnia, Theodora, and Mamnoon Hussain.

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Among people born in 1913, Edward Gierek ranks 76Before him are Tito Gobbi, Alan Ladd, Benjamin Bloom, Heinz Linge, Alexander Pokryshkin, and Eddie Constantine. After him are Yasuo Suzuki, Marika Rökk, Bruno Pontecorvo, Heinz Kohut, Haxhi Lleshi, and Motoo Tatsuhara. Among people deceased in 2001, Edward Gierek ranks 56Before him are Giovanni Leone, Joseph Greenberg, Joey Ramone, Vittorio Brambilla, Francisco da Costa Gomes, and Katharine Graham. After him are Seishiro Shimatani, David Graf, Donald J. Cram, Perry Como, Chet Atkins, and Isao Inokuma.

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Among people born in Poland, Edward Gierek ranks 293 out of 1,231Before him are Alfred Korzybski (1879), Ewald Georg von Kleist (1700), Duchess Maria Dorothea of Württemberg (1797), Emin Pasha (1840), Władysław I Herman (1043), and Alexander Bogdanov (1873). After him are Sophie of Pomerania (1498), Ferdinand Cohn (1828), Mieczysław Weinberg (1919), Moïse Kisling (1891), Erich Fellgiebel (1886), and Przemysł II (1257).


Among politicians born in Poland, Edward Gierek ranks 71Before him are Anna von Schweidnitz (1339), Hans Jeschonnek (1899), Andrzej Duda (1972), Franz Mehring (1846), Stanislav Kosior (1889), and Władysław I Herman (1043). After him are Przemysł II (1257), Władysław II the Exile (1105), Ryszard Kaczorowski (1919), Henry the Bearded (1163), Elizabeth Richeza of Poland (1286), and Bolesław V the Chaste (1226).