Lee Harvey Oswald

1939 - 1963

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Lee Harvey Oswald (October 18, 1939 – November 24, 1963) was a U.S. Marine veteran who assassinated John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, on November 22, 1963. Oswald was placed in juvenile detention at the age of 12 for truancy, during which time he was assessed by a psychiatrist as "emotionally disturbed", due to a lack of normal family life. After attending 12 schools in his youth, he quit repeatedly, and finally when he was 17, joined the Marines. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lee Harvey Oswald has received more than 18,668,751 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). Lee Harvey Oswald is the 2nd most popular extremist (up from 9th in 2019), the 37th most popular biography from United States (up from 162nd in 2019) and the most popular American Extremist.

Lee Harvey Oswald is most famous for assassinating President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

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Over the past year Lee Harvey Oswald has had the most page views in the with 2,625,669 views, followed by Russian (272,552), and Spanish (262,987). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Georgian (131.43%), Chechen (89.79%), and Finnish (85.76%)


Among extremists, Lee Harvey Oswald ranks 2 out of 283Before him are Jack the Ripper. After him are Zodiac Killer, John Wilkes Booth, Osama bin Laden, Gavrilo Princip, Elizabeth Báthory, Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, Herostratus, Gilles de Rais, and Man in the Iron Mask.

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Among people born in 1939, Lee Harvey Oswald ranks 1After him are Ali Khamenei, Tina Turner, Terence Hill, Ian McKellen, Francis Ford Coppola, Stanislav Petrov, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Amos Oz, Amanda Lear, Reuven Rivlin, and Giovanni Falcone. Among people deceased in 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald ranks 3Before him are John F. Kennedy, and Édith Piaf. After him are Pope John XXIII, Robert Frost, Jean Cocteau, Georges Braque, Aldous Huxley, Robert Schuman, Ngo Dinh Diem, Tristan Tzara, and C. S. Lewis.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Lee Harvey Oswald ranks 37 out of 20,380Before him are Eleanor Roosevelt (1884), Ronald Reagan (1911), Pocahontas (1595), George Washington (1732), Ernest Hemingway (1899), and Walt Disney (1901). After him are H. P. Lovecraft (1890), Aretha Franklin (1942), Al Pacino (1940), Robert De Niro (1943), Janis Joplin (1943), and Harry S. Truman (1884).

Among EXTREMISTS In United States

Among extremists born in United States, Lee Harvey Oswald ranks 1After him are Zodiac Killer (1940), John Wilkes Booth (1838), Charles Manson (1934), Ted Bundy (1946), Jeffrey Dahmer (1960), John Wayne Gacy (1942), Ted Kaczynski (1942), Ed Gein (1906), Albert Fish (1870), H. H. Holmes (1861), and Jim Jones (1931).