Ian Smith

1919 - 2007

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Ian Douglas Smith (8 April 1919 – 20 November 2007) was a Rhodesian politician, farmer, and fighter pilot who served as Prime Minister of Rhodesia (known as Southern Rhodesia until October 1964 and now known as Zimbabwe) from 1964 to 1979. He was the country's first premier not born abroad, and led the predominantly white government that unilaterally declared independence from the United Kingdom in November 1965 following prolonged dispute over the terms, particularly British demands for black majority rule. He remained Prime Minister for almost all of the 14 years of international isolation that followed, and oversaw Rhodesia's security forces during most of the Bush War, which pitted the unrecognised administration against communist-backed black nationalist guerrilla groups. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ian Smith has received more than 2,198,844 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Ian Smith is the 4,940th most popular politician (down from 3,365th in 2019), the 3rd most popular biography from Zimbabwe and the 3rd most popular Politician.

Ian Smith was the Prime Minister of Rhodesia from 1964 to 1979. He is most famous for declaring the country independent from the United Kingdom in 1965 and for the Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) in 1965.

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Among politicians, Ian Smith ranks 4,940 out of 15,577Before him are Louis III, Grand Duke of Hesse, José María Morelos, Shabaka, Prince Alfonso, Count of Caserta, Duke Wen of Jin, and Sophie Magdalene of Brandenburg-Kulmbach. After him are Amun-her-khepeshef, Maeda Toshiie, Henutmire, Abdul Razak Hussein, Emperor Xizong of Tang, and Bezmiâlem Sultan.

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Among people born in 1919, Ian Smith ranks 55Before him are Martin Balsam, Art Blakey, William Lipscomb, Donald J. Cram, Teruo Nakamura, and Ryszard Kaczorowski. After him are Mohamed Boudiaf, Glafcos Clerides, Gillo Pontecorvo, Mieczysław Weinberg, Ashraf Pahlavi, and René Barrientos. Among people deceased in 2007, Ian Smith ranks 50Before him are Joe Zawinul, Oscar Peterson, Bob Denard, Ettore Sottsass, Abbé Pierre, and Colin McRae. After him are Robert Adler, Magda Szabó, Sol LeWitt, John Backus, Norman Mailer, and Taha Yassin Ramadan.

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In Zimbabwe

Among people born in Zimbabwe, Ian Smith ranks 3 out of 38Before him are Robert Mugabe (1924) and Emmerson Mnangagwa (1942). After him are Charlene, Princess of Monaco (1978), Canaan Banana (1936), Albert Lutuli (1898), John Love (1924), Alexander McCall Smith (1948), Rupiah Banda (1937), Morgan Tsvangirai (1952), Paula Hawkins (1972), and Joshua Nkomo (1917).

Among POLITICIANS In Zimbabwe

Among politicians born in Zimbabwe, Ian Smith ranks 3Before him are Robert Mugabe (1924) and Emmerson Mnangagwa (1942). After him are Canaan Banana (1936), Albert Lutuli (1898), Rupiah Banda (1937), Morgan Tsvangirai (1952), Joshua Nkomo (1917), Lobengula (1845), Abel Muzorewa (1925), Phelekezela Mphoko (1940), and Roy Welensky (1907).