Oda Nobunaga

1534 - 1582

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Oda Nobunaga (織田 信長, listen; 23 June 1534 – 21 June 1582) was a Japanese daimyo and one of the leading figures of the Sengoku period. He is regarded as the first "Great Unifier" of Japan. His reputation in war gave him the nickname of "Demon Daimyo" or "Demon King". Nobunaga was head of the very powerful Oda clan, and launched a war against other daimyos to unify Japan in the 1560s. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Oda Nobunaga has received more than 5,141,688 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). Oda Nobunaga is the 23rd most popular military personnel (down from 14th in 2019), the 9th most popular biography from Japan (down from 7th in 2019) and the most popular Japanese Military Personnel.

Oda Nobunaga is most famous for unifying Japan and ending the Sengoku period.

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Among military personnels, Oda Nobunaga ranks 23 out of 1,466Before him are Erich von Manstein, Prince Eugene of Savoy, Pyrrhus of Epirus, Ptolemy I Soter, Wilhelm Keitel, and Friedrich Paulus. After him are Cesare Borgia, Simo Häyhä, Vercingetorix, Ratko Mladić, Alfred Dreyfus, and Roland.

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Among people born in 1534, Oda Nobunaga ranks 1After him are Orlande de Lassus, Frederick II of Denmark, James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell, Isaac Luria, Myeongjong of Joseon, Joseph of Anchieta, Archduchess Eleanor of Austria, Lautaro, Guru Ram Das, Fernando de Herrera, and Robert Garnier. Among people deceased in 1582, Oda Nobunaga ranks 2Before him is Teresa of Ávila. After him are Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, 3rd Duke of Alba, Wu Cheng'en, Akechi Mitsuhide, Altan Khan, Takeda Katsuyori, Mori Ranmaru, Diego, Prince of Asturias, Zhang Juzheng, Charlotte of Bourbon, and Oda Nobutada.

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Among people born in Japan, Oda Nobunaga ranks 9 out of 5,560Before him are Hayao Miyazaki (1941), Akira Kurosawa (1910), Matsuo Bashō (1644), Akihito (1933), Emperor Meiji (1852), and Miyamoto Musashi (1584). After him are Yoko Ono (1933), Haruki Murakami (1949), Isoroku Yamamoto (1884), Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542), Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536), and Murasaki Shikibu (973).


Among military personnels born in Japan, Oda Nobunaga ranks 1After him are Isoroku Yamamoto (1884), Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542), Hattori Hanzō (1542), Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1159), Saigō Takamori (1828), Hiroo Onoda (1922), Chūichi Nagumo (1887), Date Masamune (1567), Akechi Mitsuhide (1526), Tadamichi Kuribayashi (1891), and Tōgō Heihachirō (1848).