Johannes Rau

1931 - 2006

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Johannes Rau (German: [joˈhanəs ˈʁaʊ] ; 16 January 1931 – 27 January 2006) was a German politician (SPD). He was the president of Germany from 1 July 1999 until 30 June 2004 and the minister president of North Rhine-Westphalia from 20 September 1978 to 9 June 1998. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Johannes Rau has received more than 320,768 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Johannes Rau is the 2,051st most popular politician (up from 2,274th in 2019), the 568th most popular biography from Germany (up from 626th in 2019) and the 153rd most popular German Politician.

Johannes Rau was the president of Germany from 1999 to 2004. He is most famous for being the first president of Germany to come from the former East Germany.

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Among politicians, Johannes Rau ranks 2,051 out of 19,576Before him are Fahri Korutürk, Yoshihide Suga, Weneg, Michael Collins, Carloman, and Myeongjong of Joseon. After him are Alexander Helios, Mário Soares, Himiko, Karl Hanke, Šuppiluliuma I, and Zalman Shazar.

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Among people born in 1931, Johannes Rau ranks 31Before him are Rupert Murdoch, Guy Debord, Leonard Nimoy, Ian Holm, João Gilberto, and Dries van Agt. After him are D. B. Cooper, Martinus J. G. Veltman, Khieu Samphan, Anne Bancroft, Aldo Rossi, and Hiroto Muraoka. Among people deceased in 2006, Johannes Rau ranks 23Before him are György Ligeti, Mako, Anna Politkovskaya, Ibrahim Rugova, Giacinto Facchetti, and Paul Mauriat. After him are Melvin Schwartz, Desmond Doss, Choi Kyu-hah, Muriel Spark, Joseph Barbera, and Jack Palance.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Johannes Rau ranks 568 out of 7,253Before him are Johann Georg Faust (1480), Gerd Binnig (1947), Hans von Seeckt (1866), Lion Feuchtwanger (1884), Otto Carius (1922), and Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi (1743). After him are Franz Boas (1858), Erich Kästner (1899), Cunigunde of Luxembourg (978), Adam Opel (1837), Hans Georg Dehmelt (1922), and Elisabeth of Wied (1843).

Among POLITICIANS In Germany

Among politicians born in Germany, Johannes Rau ranks 153Before him are Wilhelm Marx (1863), Louis II, Prince of Monaco (1870), Willi Stoph (1914), Robert Ritter von Greim (1892), Albert the Bear (1100), and Albert, King of Sweden (1340). After him are Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (1817), Walter Scheel (1919), Roman Herzog (1934), August Bebel (1840), Heinrich Brüning (1885), and Julia Drusilla (16).