Leopold III of Belgium

1901 - 1983

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Leopold III (3 November 1901 – 25 September 1983) was King of the Belgians from 1934 until 1951. On the outbreak of World War II, Leopold tried to maintain Belgian neutrality, but after the German invasion in May 1940, he surrendered his country, earning him much hostility, both at home and abroad. His act was declared unconstitutional by Prime Minister Hubert Pierlot and his cabinet, who presently moved to London to form a government-in-exile, while Leopold and his family were placed under house arrest. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Leopold III of Belgium has received more than 1,681,772 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). Leopold III of Belgium is the 530th most popular politician (up from 572nd in 2019), the 19th most popular biography from Belgium (up from 22nd in 2019) and the 7th most popular Belgian Politician.

Leopold III of Belgium is most famous for being the King of Belgium from 1934-1951. He was born in Brussels on November 3, 1901. He ascended to the throne when his father died in 1934. He was forced to abdicate in 1951 after a scandal over the Congo.

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Among politicians, Leopold III of Belgium ranks 530 out of 15,710Before him are Valens, Anna of Russia, Philip III of France, Moon Jae-in, George III of the United Kingdom, and Ptolemy II Philadelphus. After him are Rudolf I of Germany, Maximian, Manuel I Komnenos, Zhou Enlai, Louis I of Hungary, and John Hunyadi.

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Among people born in 1901, Leopold III of Belgium ranks 14Before him are Jacques Lacan, Linus Pauling, Sukarno, Rudolf Höss, Clark Gable, and Fulgencio Batista. After him are Alberto Giacometti, Gary Cooper, Paul of Greece, Magda Goebbels, Ngo Dinh Diem, and Vittorio De Sica. Among people deceased in 1983, Leopold III of Belgium ranks 5Before him are Joan Miró, Garrincha, Louis de Funès, and Luis Buñuel. After him are Umberto II of Italy, Hergé, Idris of Libya, Tennessee Williams, Felix Bloch, Buckminster Fuller, and David Niven.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Leopold III of Belgium ranks 19 out of 899Before him are Orlande de Lassus (1534), Gerardus Mercator (1512), Philip I of Castile (1478), Frans Hals (1582), Albert II of Belgium (1934), and Georges Simenon (1903). After him are Mary of Burgundy (1457), Albert I of Belgium (1875), Georges Lemaître (1894), Margaret of Austria, Duchess of Savoy (1480), Mary of Hungary (1505), and Jean-Claude Van Damme (1960).

Among POLITICIANS In Belgium

Among politicians born in Belgium, Leopold III of Belgium ranks 7Before him are Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor (1500), Pepin the Short (715), Clovis I (466), Leopold II of Belgium (1835), Philip I of Castile (1478), and Albert II of Belgium (1934). After him are Mary of Burgundy (1457), Albert I of Belgium (1875), Margaret of Austria, Duchess of Savoy (1480), Mary of Hungary (1505), Charles VII, Holy Roman Emperor (1697), and Baudouin of Belgium (1930).