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Lei Feng

1940 - 1962

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Lei Feng (18 December 1940 – 15 August 1962) was a soldier in the People's Liberation Army who was the object of several major propaganda campaigns in China. The most well-known of these campaigns in 1963 promoted the slogan, "Follow the examples of Comrade Lei Feng." Lei was portrayed as a model citizen, and the masses were encouraged to emulate his selflessness, modesty, and devotion to Mao Zedong. After Mao's death, state media continued to promote Lei Feng as a model of earnestness and service, and his image still appears in popular forms such as on T-shirts and memorabilia.The biographic details of Lei Feng's life, and especially his diary, supposedly discovered after his death, are generally believed to be propaganda creations; even the historicity of Lei Feng himself is sometimes questioned. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lei Feng has received more than 679,310 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Lei Feng is the 666th most popular military personnel (down from 610th in 2019), the 454th most popular biography from China (down from 416th in 2019) and the 43rd most popular Chinese Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Lei Feng ranks 666 out of 1,468Before him are Helmuth von Pannwitz, Takeo Kurita, Hermocrates, Charles Sweeney, Bardas Skleros, and Mahmud Shevket Pasha. After him are Yoshijirō Umezu, Adrian Carton de Wiart, Archduke Ferdinand Karl Joseph of Austria-Este, Otto Kittel, Lothar von Trotha, and Hans Hermann von Katte.

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Among people born in 1940, Lei Feng ranks 122Before him are Thomas A. Steitz, Pedro Rodríguez, Mike Hailwood, Wayne Dyer, Phil Ochs, and Bechara Boutros al-Rahi. After him are Linda Gray, Jack Nicklaus, Jean-Luc Dehaene, Dietmar Hopp, Peter Benchley, and Jan Jongbloed. Among people deceased in 1962, Lei Feng ranks 51Before him are Gianna Beretta Molla, M. Visvesvaraya, Princess Helen of Serbia, Natalia Sedova, Thomas Mitchell, and Leonardo De Lorenzo. After him are Frank Borzage, Muhammad VIII al-Amin, Hu Shih, Poul Nielsen, E. E. Cummings, and Henri Wallon.

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Among people born in China, Lei Feng ranks 454 out of 1,392Before him are Hou Hsiao-hsien (1947), Li Yu (1610), Di Yi (-1200), Emperor Shang of Tang (695), Emperor Wu of Song (363), and Bo Xilai (1949). After him are Cai Yong (133), Liu Zongyuan (773), Zhang Daoling (34), Uskhal Khan Tögüs Temür (1342), Yan Fu (1854), and Yan Xishan (1883).


Among military personnels born in China, Lei Feng ranks 43Before him are Huang Gai (145), Zhuge Jin (174), Ma Dai (183), Zhou Tai (163), Xu Da (1332), and Wei Qing (-150). After him are Ding Ruchang (1836), Xie Lingyun (385), Sun Chuanfang (1885), and Guo Boxiong (1942).