Lin Biao

1907 - 1971

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Lin Biao (Chinese: 林彪; December 5, 1907 – September 13, 1971) was a Marshal of the People's Republic of China who was pivotal in the Communist victory during the Chinese Rebellion of 1931 to 1949, especially in Northeast China from 1946 to 1949. Lin was the general who commanded the decisive Liaoshen and Pingjin Campaigns, in which he co-led the Manchurian Field Army to victory and led the People's Liberation Army into Beijing. He crossed the Yangtze River in 1949, decisively defeated the Kuomintang and took control of the coastal provinces in Southeast China. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lin Biao has received more than 1,049,111 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Lin Biao is the 1,559th most popular politician (down from 1,519th in 2019), the 112th most popular biography from China (down from 111th in 2019) and the 71st most popular Chinese Politician.

Lin Biao was a major military leader of the People's Republic of China, who was also the Vice-Chairman of the Communist Party of China. He is best known for his role as the commander of the People's Liberation Army during the Cultural Revolution and for his death in 1971 when he allegedly attempted to escape to the Soviet Union.

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Among politicians, Lin Biao ranks 1,559 out of 15,710Before him are Gongmin of Goryeo, Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria, Djer, Bessus, Pharamond, and Jean-Marie Le Pen. After him are Yun Posun, Huni, Princess Isabella of Parma, Marie Walewska, Chester A. Arthur, and Porfirio Díaz.

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Among people born in 1907, Lin Biao ranks 21Before him are Yakov Dzhugashvili, Yang Shangkun, François Duvalier, John Bowlby, Nikolaas Tinbergen, and Robert A. Heinlein. After him are Horst Wessel, Frank Whittle, J. Hans D. Jensen, Sister Lúcia, Fred Zinnemann, and Dora Maar. Among people deceased in 1971, Lin Biao ranks 19Before him are Wilhelm List, D. B. Cooper, Harold Lloyd, Igor Tamm, Gotthard Heinrici, and Giorgos Seferis. After him are Rudolf Abel, Paul Karrer, Mátyás Rákosi, Theodor Svedberg, Donald Winnicott, and Franz Stangl.

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Among people born in China, Lin Biao ranks 112 out of 1,186Before him are Emperor Xian of Han (181), Jiajing Emperor (1507), Zhang Qian (-200), Chenghua Emperor (1447), Dorgon (1612), and An Lushan (702). After him are Soong Mei-ling (1897), Cao Rui (205), Li Zicheng (1606), Wong Fei-hung (1925), Empress Lü (-241), and Bao Zheng (999).


Among politicians born in China, Lin Biao ranks 71Before him are Zhao Ziyang (1919), Emperor Xian of Han (181), Jiajing Emperor (1507), Chenghua Emperor (1447), Dorgon (1612), and An Lushan (702). After him are Soong Mei-ling (1897), Cao Rui (205), Li Zicheng (1606), Empress Lü (-241), Bao Zheng (999), and Li Xiannian (1909).