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René Lévesque

1922 - 1987

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René Lévesque ([ʁœne leˈvaɪ̯k] (listen); August 24, 1922 – November 1, 1987) was a Québécois politician and journalist who served as the 23rd premier of Quebec from 1976 to 1985. He was the first Québécois political leader since Confederation to attempt, through a referendum, to negotiate the political independence of Quebec. Starting his career as a reporter, and radio and television host, he later became known for his eminent role in Quebec's nationalization of hydro, and as an ardent defender of Quebec sovereignty. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of René Lévesque has received more than 535,527 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia. René Lévesque is the 10,689th most popular politician (down from 9,850th in 2019), the 188th most popular biography from Canada (down from 184th in 2019) and the 16th most popular Canadian Politician.

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Among politicians, René Lévesque ranks 10,689 out of 15,577Before him are Princess Alexandra, 2nd Duchess of Fife, Chungmok of Goryeo, Leung Chun-ying, Kujō Yoritsugu, Lucia Migliaccio, and Ameny Qemau. After him are Elisabeth of Hesse, Electress Palatine, Heinrich von Brentano, Tonino Delli Colli, Gisulf II of Friuli, Kabayama Sukenori, and Svetozar Marović.

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Among people born in 1922, René Lévesque ranks 203Before him are Sinan Hasani, Virgilio Noè, Vsevolod Bobrov, Lyndon LaRouche, Hammer DeRoburt, and Emile Habibi. After him are Käbi Laretei, Francisco Aramburu, Herman Kahn, Patrick Magee, John Hick, and Steven Hill. Among people deceased in 1987, René Lévesque ranks 119Before him are Kishore Kumar, James Jesus Angleton, Johan Otto von Spreckelsen, Vicente Calderón, Sachchidananda Vatsyayan, and Bengt Strömgren. After him are Patrick Troughton, Rashid Karami, Donn F. Eisele, Einar Gerhardsen, Dmitry Lelyushenko, and Victoria Kent.

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Among people born in Canada, René Lévesque ranks 188 out of 1,350Before him are Sandra Oh (1971), Marie-Claire Blais (1939), Ann Rutherford (1917), Jean Béliveau (1931), David Johnston (1941), and Oliver Platt (1960). After him are Bret Hart (1957), Alfred Aho (1941), Ian Hacking (1936), Gabrielle Roy (1909), Louis Nirenberg (1925), and Barry Pepper (1970).


Among politicians born in Canada, René Lévesque ranks 16Before him are Paul Martin (1938), Brian Mulroney (1939), Terry Sawchuk (1929), Stephen Harper (1959), Jean Béliveau (1931), and David Johnston (1941). After him are Mary Simon (1947), Kim Campbell (1947), Louis St. Laurent (1882), John Diefenbaker (1895), Michael Ignatieff (1947), and John Abbott (1821).