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Jan Palach

1948 - 1969

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Jan Palach (Czech pronunciation: [jan ˈpalax]; 11 August 1948 – 19 January 1969) was a Czech student of history and political economics at Charles University in Prague. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jan Palach has received more than 677,892 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Jan Palach is the 39th most popular social activist (down from 32nd in 2019), the 39th most popular biography from Czechia (down from 38th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Czech Social Activist.

Jan Palach was a Czech student who set himself on fire in Prague's Wenceslas Square on January 16, 1969 to protest the Soviet Union's occupation of Czechoslovakia.

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Among social activists, Jan Palach ranks 39 out of 538Before him are Simon Wiesenthal, Sadako Sasaki, Emily Greene Balch, Simon bar Kokhba, Nicholas Winton, and Sophie Scholl. After him are Emma Goldman, Jamāl al-Dīn al-Afghānī, Emmeline Pankhurst, Alfred Hermann Fried, Carl von Ossietzky, and Thích Quảng Đức.

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Among people born in 1948, Jan Palach ranks 17Before him are Ozzy Osbourne, Sauli Niinistö, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Jeremy Irons, Hassan Rouhani, and Andrzej Sapkowski. After him are Kathy Bates, Henning Mankell, Frank Abagnale, George Tupou V, Luiz Felipe Scolari, and Marcello Lippi. Among people deceased in 1969, Jan Palach ranks 18Before him are Brian Jones, Rocky Marciano, Otto Stern, Jack Kerouac, Saud of Saudi Arabia, and Morihei Ueshiba. After him are Princess Alice of Battenberg, Otto Dix, C. F. Powell, Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, Levi Eshkol, and Dominique Pire.

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Among people born in Czechia, Jan Palach ranks 39 out of 973Before him are Adolf Loos (1870), Karl Kautsky (1854), Ottokar II of Bohemia (1233), Klement Gottwald (1896), Max Brod (1884), and Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia (907). After him are Emil Zátopek (1922), Wenceslaus III of Bohemia (1289), Madeleine Albright (1937), Wenceslaus II of Bohemia (1271), Gerty Cori (1896), and Bohumil Hrabal (1914).


Among social activists born in Czechia, Jan Palach ranks 3Before him are Jan Hus (1369) and Bertha von Suttner (1843). After him are Emilie Schindler (1907) and Joseph von Sonnenfels (1732).