Hu Yaobang

1915 - 1989

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Hu Yaobang (20 November 1915 – 15 April 1989) was a high-ranking official of the People's Republic of China. He held the top office of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) from 1981 to 1987, first as Chairman from 1981 to 1982, then as General Secretary from 1982 to 1987. Hu joined the CCP in the 1930s, and rose to prominence as a comrade of Deng Xiaoping. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hu Yaobang has received more than 1,546,305 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia. Hu Yaobang is the 1,661st most popular politician (down from 1,192nd in 2019), the 123rd most popular biography from China (down from 86th in 2019) and the 79th most popular Chinese Politician.

Hu Yaobang was the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China from 1980 to 1987. He was a major reformer in the 1980s, and his death in 1989 sparked the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

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Among politicians, Hu Yaobang ranks 1,661 out of 15,710. Before him are Shalmaneser III, Fuad I of Egypt, Françoise Marie de Bourbon, Güyük Khan, Robert Ritter von Greim, and Meñli I Giray. After him are Emperor Jing of Han, Agesilaus II, Anchises, Jean-Claude Juncker, Toghon Temür, and Otto of Greece.

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Among people born in 1915, Hu Yaobang ranks 21Before him are Jerome Bruner, Sviatoslav Richter, Paul Tibbets, Joachim Peiper, Saul Bellow, and Billie Holiday. After him are Fred Hoyle, Les Paul, Stanley Matthews, Curd Jürgens, Aung San, and Charles H. Townes. Among people deceased in 1989, Hu Yaobang ranks 26Before him are Sándor Márai, János Kádár, Thomas Bernhard, Dolores Ibárruri, Franz Joseph II, Prince of Liechtenstein, and Silvana Mangano. After him are Ferdinand Marcos, John Hicks, William Shockley, John Cassavetes, Hermann Oberth, and Daphne du Maurier.

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Among people born in China, Hu Yaobang ranks 123 out of 1,186. Before him are Empress Lü (-241), Bao Zheng (999), Luo Guanzhong (1330), Milarepa (1052), Li Xiannian (1909), and Emperor Zhongzong of Tang (656). After him are Emperor Jing of Han (-188), I. M. Pei (1917), Yue Fei (1142), Emperor Ruizong of Tang (662), Emperor Wen of Han (-202), and Zhengde Emperor (1491).


Among politicians born in China, Hu Yaobang ranks 79Before him are Cao Rui (205), Li Zicheng (1606), Empress Lü (-241), Bao Zheng (999), Li Xiannian (1909), and Emperor Zhongzong of Tang (656). After him are Emperor Jing of Han (-188), Emperor Ruizong of Tang (662), Emperor Wen of Han (-202), Zhengde Emperor (1491), Temür Khan (1265), and Liu Shan (207).