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Leopold III of Belgium

1901 - 1983

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Leopold III (3 November 1901 – 25 September 1983) was King of the Belgians from 23 February 1934 until his abdication on 16 July 1951. At 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. Leopold's act was declared unconstitutional by Prime Minister Hubert Pierlot and his cabinet, who 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 2,049,454 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Leopold III of Belgium is the 523rd most popular politician (up from 530th in 2019), the 21st most popular biography from Belgium (down from 19th in 2019) and the 9th 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 523 out of 15,577Before him are Dmitry Medvedev, Giuseppe Mazzini, François Hollande, Georgy Malenkov, Gaiseric, and Olav V of Norway. After him are Nicolas Sarkozy, Philip V of France, Moshe Dayan, Æthelstan, Charles the Fat, and William IV of the United Kingdom.

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

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Leopold III of Belgium ranks 21 out of 1,019Before him are Orlande de Lassus (1534), Albert II of Belgium (1934), Mary of Burgundy (1457), Ursula von der Leyen (1958), Rogier van der Weyden (1390), and Frans Hals (1582). After him are Georges Simenon (1903), Margaret of Austria, Duchess of Savoy (1480), Georges Lemaître (1894), Jacques Rogge (1942), Albert I of Belgium (1875), and Jean-Claude Van Damme (1960).

Among POLITICIANS In Belgium

Among politicians born in Belgium, Leopold III of Belgium ranks 9Before him are Clovis I (466), Leopold II of Belgium (1835), Philip I of Castile (1478), Albert II of Belgium (1934), Mary of Burgundy (1457), and Ursula von der Leyen (1958). After him are Margaret of Austria, Duchess of Savoy (1480), Albert I of Belgium (1875), Charles VII, Holy Roman Emperor (1697), Mary of Hungary (1505), Baudouin of Belgium (1930), and William III of the Netherlands (1817).