Matthew Shepard

1976 - 1998

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Matthew Wayne Shepard (December 1, 1976 – October 12, 1998) was a gay American student at the University of Wyoming who was beaten, tortured, and left to die near Laramie on the night of October 6, 1998. He was taken by rescuers to Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he died from severe head injuries six days later. Suspects Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson were arrested shortly after the attack and charged with first-degree murder following Shepard's death. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Matthew Shepard has received more than 6,068,214 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Matthew Shepard is the 483rd most popular social activist (down from 398th in 2019), the 11,600th most popular biography from United States (down from 9,299th in 2019) and the 86th most popular American Social Activist.

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Among social activists, Matthew Shepard ranks 483 out of 544Before him are Julia Butterfly Hill, Elizaveta Glinka, Dick Gregory, Emily Murphy, Ni Yulan, and Stanislav Markelov. After him are Norma Cruz, Bill Ayers, Jack Thompson, Loujain al-Hathloul, Walter Reuther, and Mosab Hassan Yousef.

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Among people born in 1976, Matthew Shepard ranks 380Before him are Mario Melchiot, Lena Park, Tomasz Adamek, Óscar Sevilla, Lindsay Price, and Dagmara Domińczyk. After him are Amado Guevara, Robert Kidiaba, Jiří Štajner, Charlie Day, Alice Taglioni, and Federico Magallanes. Among people deceased in 1998, Matthew Shepard ranks 248Before him are Eleanor Garatti, Esther Rolle, Fred Wacker, Syd Owen, Albert Gore Sr., and Eddie Rabbitt. After him are Tony Shelly, Keith Newton, Lawton Chiles, Dane Clark, Terry Sanford, and Peter Sillett.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Matthew Shepard ranks 11,600 out of 15,968Before him are Philip Levine (1928), Bonnie Rotten (1993), Jeff Gordon (1971), Billie Lourd (1992), Sunny (1989), and Aisha Hinds (1975). After him are Wally Hickel (1919), Lisa Boyle (1964), Chris Chelios (1962), Gail Patrick (1911), Ted Knight (1923), and Sherrod Brown (1952).

Among SOCIAL ACTIVISTS In United States

Among social activists born in United States, Matthew Shepard ranks 86Before him are Disappearance of Etan Patz (1972), Fred Hampton (1948), Frank Kameny (1925), Frances Willard (1839), Julia Butterfly Hill (1974), and Dick Gregory (1932). After him are Bill Ayers (1944), Jack Thompson (1951), Walter Reuther (1907), Edith Windsor (1929), Lizzie Velásquez (1989), and Ronan Farrow (1987).