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Mohammed Daoud Khan

1909 - 1978

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Mohammad Daoud Khan (Pashto: محمد داود خان), also romanized as Daud Khan or Dawood Khan (18 July 1909 – 28 April 1978), was an Afghan statesman who served as prime minister of Afghanistan from 1953 to 1963 and, as leader of the 1973 Afghan coup d'état which overthrew the monarchy, served as the first president of Afghanistan from 1973 to 1978.Born into the Afghan royal family and addressed by the prefix "Sardar", Khan started as a provincial governor and later a military commander before being appointed as Prime Minister by his cousin, King Mohammad Zahir Shah, serving for a decade. Having failed to persuade the King to implement a one-party system, Khan bloodlessly overthrew the monarchy with the backing of Afghan Army officers, and proclaimed himself the first President of the Republic of Afghanistan, establishing an autocratic one-party system under his National Revolutionary Party. Khan was known for his autocratic rule, and for his educational and progressive social reforms. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mohammed Daoud Khan has received more than 1,181,650 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Mohammed Daoud Khan is the 984th most popular politician (up from 1,868th in 2019), the 9th most popular biography from Afghanistan (up from 14th in 2019) and the 7th most popular Afghan Politician.

Mohammed Daoud Khan was a military general and politician who served as President of Afghanistan from 1973 to 1978. He seized power in a bloodless coup d'état on July 17, 1973, overthrowing the monarchy of King Zahir Shah, and establishing a republic with himself as president.

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Among politicians, Mohammed Daoud Khan ranks 984 out of 15,577Before him are False Dmitry I, Alexander I of Yugoslavia, Louis IV of France, Emperor Yingzong of Ming, Samuel of Bulgaria, and Baldwin I of Jerusalem. After him are Bolesław I the Brave, Ulrika Eleonora, Queen of Sweden, Zoë Porphyrogenita, Phocas, 5th Dalai Lama, and Muhammad II of Khwarazm.

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Among people born in 1909, Mohammed Daoud Khan ranks 8Before him are Eugène Ionesco, Osamu Dazai, Juliana of the Netherlands, Peter Drucker, Simone Weil, and Andrei Gromyko. After him are Francis Bacon, Victor Borge, Nicholas Winton, U Thant, Rita Levi-Montalcini, and Isaiah Berlin. Among people deceased in 1978, Mohammed Daoud Khan ranks 11Before him are Kurt Gödel, Aldo Moro, Jacques Brel, Santiago Bernabéu Yeste, Giorgio de Chirico, and Adolf Dassler. After him are Ramón Mercader, Margaret Mead, Manne Siegbahn, Anastas Mikoyan, Jim Jones, and Umberto Nobile.

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In Afghanistan

Among people born in Afghanistan, Mohammed Daoud Khan ranks 9 out of 145Before him are Hamid Karzai (1957), Abbas the Great (1571), Mohammed Zahir Shah (1914), Burhanuddin Rabbani (1940), Ahmad Shah Massoud (1953), and Hafizullah Amin (1929). After him are Alauddin Khalji (1266), Ali-Shir Nava'i (1441), Amanullah Khan (1892), Abu Dawood (817), Mahmud of Ghazni (971), and Jamāl al-Dīn al-Afghānī (1837).

Among POLITICIANS In Afghanistan

Among politicians born in Afghanistan, Mohammed Daoud Khan ranks 7Before him are Hamid Karzai (1957), Abbas the Great (1571), Mohammed Zahir Shah (1914), Burhanuddin Rabbani (1940), Ahmad Shah Massoud (1953), and Hafizullah Amin (1929). After him are Alauddin Khalji (1266), Amanullah Khan (1892), Mahmud of Ghazni (971), Mohammed Omar (1962), Babrak Karmal (1929), and Humayun (1508).