Habib Bourguiba

1903 - 2000

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Habib Bourguiba (; Arabic: الحبيب بورقيبة‎, romanized: al-Ḥabīb Būrqībah; 3 August 1903 – 6 April 2000) was a Tunisian lawyer, nationalist leader and statesman who led the country from 1956 to 1987 as the prime minister of the Kingdom of Tunisia (1956–57) then as the first president of Tunisia (1957–87). Prior to his presidency, he led the nation to independence from France, ending the 75-year-old protectorate and earning the title of "Supreme Combatant". Born in Monastir to a poor family, he attended Sadiki College then Lycée Carnot in Tunis, before obtaining his baccalaureate in 1924. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Habib Bourguiba has received more than 631,601 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). Habib Bourguiba is the 1,111th most popular politician (down from 907th in 2019), the 10th most popular biography from Tunisia (up from 11th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Tunisian Politician.

Habib Bourguiba was the first president of Tunisia. He is most famous for his modernization efforts, including making education free and mandatory.

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Among politicians, Habib Bourguiba ranks 1,111 out of 15,710Before him are Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia, Alexander I of Macedon, Park Geun-hye, Muhammad XII of Granada, Queen Paola of Belgium, and Gustáv Husák. After him are Jianwen Emperor, Klement Gottwald, John II Komnenos, Abd el-Krim, Britannicus, and Zubayr ibn al-Awam.

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Among people born in 1903, Habib Bourguiba ranks 11Before him are Aram Khachaturian, Georges Simenon, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Olav V of Norway, Mark Rothko, and Vladimir Horowitz. After him are Marguerite Yourcenar, Andrey Kolmogorov, Galeazzo Ciano, Fernandel, Yasujirō Ozu, and C. F. Powell. Among people deceased in 2000, Habib Bourguiba ranks 6Before him are Hafez al-Assad, Hedy Lamarr, Władysław Szpilman, Ingrid of Sweden, and Emil Zátopek. After him are Roger Vadim, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Alec Guinness, Lída Baarová, Carl Barks, and Sirimavo Bandaranaike.

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In Tunisia

Among people born in Tunisia, Habib Bourguiba ranks 10 out of 163Before him are Tertullian (155), Terence (-185), Hamilcar Barca (-275), Cyprian (200), Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (1936), and Aemilianus (207). After him are Gordian II (190), Hasdrubal Barca (-300), Masinissa (-238), Mago Barca (-243), Clodius Albinus (150), and Hanno the Navigator (-633).

Among POLITICIANS In Tunisia

Among politicians born in Tunisia, Habib Bourguiba ranks 4Before him are Hannibal (-183), Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (1936), and Aemilianus (207). After him are Gordian II (190), Masinissa (-238), Mago Barca (-243), Clodius Albinus (150), Beji Caid Essebsi (1926), Gunthamund (450), Sophonisba (-300), and Hasdrubal the Fair (-270).