Lech Wałęsa

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Lech Wałęsa (; Polish: [ˈlɛɣ vaˈwɛ̃sa] (listen); born 29 September 1943) is a Polish statesman, dissident, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who served as the first democratically elected president of Poland from 1990 to 1995. A shipyard electrician by trade, he became the leader of the Solidarity movement, and led a successful pro-democratic effort which in 1989 ended the Communist rule in Poland and ushered in the end of the Cold War.While working at the Lenin Shipyard (now Gdańsk Shipyard), Wałęsa, an electrician, became a trade-union activist, for which he was persecuted by the Communist authorities, placed under surveillance, fired in 1976, and arrested several times. In August 1980, he was instrumental in political negotiations that led to the ground-breaking Gdańsk Agreement between striking workers and the government. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lech Wałęsa has received more than 1,943,316 page views. His biography is available in 151 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 148 in 2019). Lech Wałęsa is the 233rd most popular politician (down from 165th in 2019), the 12th most popular biography from Poland (down from 9th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Polish Politician.

Lech Wałęsa is most famous for being the leader of Solidarity, a Polish trade union that played a major role in the fall of communism in Eastern Europe.

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Among politicians, Lech Wałęsa ranks 233 out of 15,710. Before him are Harald V of Norway, Ferdinand II of Aragon, Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor, Christina, Queen of Sweden, Charles IX of France, and Mahmud II. After him are Sulla, Joe Biden, Olof Palme, Nicholas I of Russia, Konrad Adenauer, and Mehmed I.

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Among people born in 1943, Lech Wałęsa ranks 3Before him are Robert De Niro and Janis Joplin. After him are Jim Morrison, George Harrison, Sharon Tate, Julio Iglesias, Catherine Deneuve, Bobby Fischer, Queen Silvia of Sweden, Mick Jagger, and Vangelis.

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Among people born in Poland, Lech Wałęsa ranks 12 out of 1,231. Before him are Rosa Luxemburg (1871), Catherine the Great (1762), Paul von Hindenburg (1847), David Ben-Gurion (1886), L. L. Zamenhof (1859), and Heinz Guderian (1888). After him are Günter Grass (1927), Irena Sendler (1910), Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686), Johann Gottfried Herder (1744), Manfred von Richthofen (1892), and Janusz Korczak (1878).


Among politicians born in Poland, Lech Wałęsa ranks 3Before him are Paul von Hindenburg (1847) and David Ben-Gurion (1886). After him are Władysław IV Vasa (1595), Vladislaus II of Hungary (1456), Sigismund II Augustus (1520), Casimir III the Great (1310), Władysław III of Poland (1424), Wojciech Jaruzelski (1923), Sigismund I the Old (1467), Bolesław I the Brave (967), and Casimir IV Jagiellon (1427).