Ngo Dinh Diem

1901 - 1963

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Ngô Đình Diệm (, or ; Vietnamese: [ŋō ɗìn jîəmˀ] ; 3 January 1901 – 2 November 1963) was a South Vietnamese politician who was the final prime minister of the State of Vietnam (1954–1955) and later the first president of South Vietnam (Republic of Vietnam) from 1955 until his capture and assassination during the CIA-backed 1963 South Vietnamese coup. He was born into a prominent Catholic family with his father, Ngô Đình Khả, being a high-ranking mandarin for Emperor Thành Thái during the French colonial era. Diệm was educated at French-speaking schools and considered following his brother Ngô Đình Thục into the priesthood, but eventually chose to pursue a career in the civil-service. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ngo Dinh Diem has received more than 2,590,281 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 58 in 2019). Ngo Dinh Diem is the 555th most popular politician (up from 628th in 2019), the 2nd most popular biography from Vietnam and the 2nd most popular Vietnamese Politician.

Ngo Dinh Diem was the first president of South Vietnam, and he is most famous for his role in the Vietnam War.

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Over the past year Ngo Dinh Diem has had the most page views in the with 329,075 views, followed by Vietnamese (242,158), and Chinese (55,379). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Khmer (118.89%), West Frisian (73.42%), and Ido (66.79%)


Among politicians, Ngo Dinh Diem ranks 555 out of 19,576Before him are Elena Ceaușescu, George IV of the United Kingdom, Nader Shah, Menes, Vytautas, and Richard II of England. After him are Suharto, Emperor Gaozu of Han, Peter II of Russia, Frederick William IV of Prussia, Nebuchadnezzar I, and Oscar I of Sweden.

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Among people born in 1901, Ngo Dinh Diem ranks 12Before him are Leopold III of Belgium, Louis Armstrong, Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, Jacques Lacan, Sukarno, and Fulgencio Batista. After him are Linus Pauling, Clark Gable, Rudolf Höss, Alberto Giacometti, Princess Märtha of Sweden, and Magda Goebbels. Among people deceased in 1963, Ngo Dinh Diem ranks 10Before him are Pope John XXIII, Robert Frost, Jean Cocteau, Georges Braque, Aldous Huxley, and Robert Schuman. After him are Tristan Tzara, C. S. Lewis, Abd el-Krim, Yasujirō Ozu, Nâzım Hikmet, and Theodor Heuss.

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In Vietnam

Among people born in Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Diem ranks 2 out of 136Before him are Ho Chi Minh (1890). After him are Võ Nguyên Giáp (1911), Marguerite Duras (1914), Amanda Lear (1939), Lê Đức Thọ (1911), Thích Nhất Hạnh (1926), Thích Quảng Đức (1897), Nguyễn Phú Trọng (1944), Bảo Đại (1913), Ieng Sary (1925), and Lady Sun (192).

Among POLITICIANS In Vietnam

Among politicians born in Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Diem ranks 2Before him are Ho Chi Minh (1890). After him are Nguyễn Phú Trọng (1944), Bảo Đại (1913), Ieng Sary (1925), Lady Sun (192), Dương Văn Minh (1916), Lê Duẩn (1907), Kaysone Phomvihane (1920), Nguyễn Văn Thiệu (1923), Gia Long (1762), and Madame Nhu (1924).