King Wu of Zhou

1150 BC - 1043 BC

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King Wu of Zhou (Chinese: 周武王; pinyin: Zhōu Wǔ Wáng) was the first king of the Zhou dynasty of ancient China. The chronology of his reign is disputed but is generally thought to have begun around 1046 BC and ended three years later in 1043 BC.King Wu's ancestral name was Ji (姬) and given name Fa (發). He was the second son of King Wen of Zhou and Queen Taisi. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of King Wu of Zhou has received more than 321,683 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). King Wu of Zhou is the 1,840th most popular politician (down from 1,690th in 2019), the 140th most popular biography from China (down from 130th in 2019) and the 91st most popular Chinese Politician.

King Wu of Zhou is most famous for overthrowing the Shang Dynasty and establishing the Zhou Dynasty.

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Among politicians, King Wu of Zhou ranks 1,840 out of 15,710Before him are Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Hyejong of Goryeo, Brasidas, Jean Parisot de Valette, Ellac, and Stefan Lazarević. After him are Sigurd the Crusader, Kim Jong-suk, William IV, Prince of Orange, Alexander, Isabella of Aragon, Queen of France, and Milo of Croton.

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Among people born in 1150 BC, King Wu of Zhou ranks 1After him are Ramesses VII, Ramesses X, Ramesses IX, Duatentopet, and Marduk-nadin-ahhe. Among people deceased in 1043 BC, King Wu of Zhou ranks 1

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Among people born in China, King Wu of Zhou ranks 140 out of 1,186Before him are Wang Wei (699), Yu the Great (-2123), 1st Dalai Lama (1391), Li Keqiang (1955), Wang Zhaojun (-50), and Zhang Liao (169). After him are Shen Kuo (1031), Bai Qi (-250), Emperor Huizong of Song (1082), Bai Juyi (772), Hongzhi Emperor (1470), and Di Renjie (630).


Among politicians born in China, King Wu of Zhou ranks 91Before him are Liu Shan (207), Ma Chao (176), Yu the Great (-2123), 1st Dalai Lama (1391), Li Keqiang (1955), and Wang Zhaojun (-50). After him are Emperor Huizong of Song (1082), Hongzhi Emperor (1470), Di Renjie (630), Gwanggaeto the Great (374), Diaochan (null), and Songtsen Gampo (604).