Italo Balbo

1896 - 1940

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Italo Balbo (6 June 1896 – 28 June 1940) was an Italian fascist politician and Blackshirts' leader who served as Italy's Marshal of the Air Force, Governor-General of Libya and Commander-in-Chief of Italian North Africa. Balbo was described as the "heir apparent" to Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, often seen as one of his most probable successors. After serving in World War I, Balbo became the leading Fascist organizer in his home region of Ferrara. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Italo Balbo has received more than 539,178 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Italo Balbo is the 251st most popular military personnel (up from 268th in 2019), the 765th most popular biography from Italy (up from 806th in 2019) and the 12th most popular Italian Military Personnel.

Italo Balbo was an Italian Air Force officer and politician. He is most famous for being the first person to fly across the Atlantic Ocean from Europe to America.

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Among military personnels, Italo Balbo ranks 251 out of 1,466Before him are Henning von Tresckow, Henri de La Tour d'Auvergne, Viscount of Turenne, Vasily Stalin, Maurice Gamelin, Nikolai Vatutin, and Karl Wolff. After him are Gerhard Barkhorn, Jean-Baptiste Kléber, Andrey Yeryomenko, Kurt Knispel, Huang Zhong, and Jean Victor Marie Moreau.

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Among people born in 1896, Italo Balbo ranks 29Before him are A. J. Cronin, Dziga Vertov, Gerty Cori, Buenaventura Durruti, Ernst Udet, and Donald Winnicott. After him are Célestin Freinet, Erich Koch, Helen of Greece and Denmark, John Dos Passos, Wallace Carothers, and Sandro Pertini. Among people deceased in 1940, Italo Balbo ranks 22Before him are Arthur Harden, Spyridon Louis, Isaac Babel, Wladimir Köppen, Verner von Heidenstam, and Ze'ev Jabotinsky. After him are Julius Wagner-Jauregg, Paul Gottlieb Nipkow, Lluís Companys, John Buchan, Vsevolod Meyerhold, and Prince Frederick Charles of Hesse.

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Among people born in Italy, Italo Balbo ranks 765 out of 4,088Before him are Andrew III of Hungary (1265), Giorgetto Giugiaro (1938), Paolo Rossi (1956), Poliziano (1454), Giambattista Basile (1566), and Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples (1937). After him are Guccio Gucci (1881), Il Sodoma (1477), Margherita of Savoy (1851), Clementia of Hungary (1293), Pope Alexander II (1010), and Manfred, King of Sicily (1232).


Among military personnels born in Italy, Italo Balbo ranks 12Before him are Gaius Julius Caesar (-135), Matilda of Tuscany (1046), Lucius Aemilius Paullus Macedonicus (-229), Giovanni Giustiniani (1418), Gaius Claudius Glaber (-200), and Sejanus (-20). After him are Federico da Montefeltro (1422), Eduard von Böhm-Ermolli (1856), Raimondo Montecuccoli (1609), Erasmo of Narni (1370), Roger de Flor (1267), and Titus Labienus (-100).