Rodney King

1965 - 2012

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Rodney Glen King (April 2, 1965 – June 17, 2012) was an African American man who was a victim of police brutality. On March 3, 1991, he was beaten by LAPD officers during his arrest, after a high-speed chase, for driving while intoxicated on the I-210. An uninvolved individual, George Holliday, filmed the incident from his nearby balcony and sent the footage to local news station KTLA. The footage showed an unarmed King on the ground being beaten after initially evading arrest. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rodney King has received more than 12,313,633 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Rodney King is the 20th most popular celebrity (up from 32nd in 2019), the 789th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,446th in 2019) and the 8th most popular American Celebrity.

Rodney King is most famous for being the victim of a brutal beating by the LAPD in 1991.

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Among celebrities, Rodney King ranks 20 out of 184Before him are Anna Anderson, Empress Michiko, Mary Mallon, Monica Lewinsky, Margaret Brown, and Rosalia Lombardo. After him are Kim Kardashian, Philippe Petit, Don King, Jacques Mayol, Chandra Bahadur Dangi, and Peggy Guggenheim.

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Among people born in 1965, Rodney King ranks 7Before him are J. K. Rowling, Bashar al-Assad, Tedros Adhanom, Salman Khan, Dmitry Medvedev, and Charlie Sheen. After him are Robert Downey Jr., Björk, Gheorghe Hagi, Waris Dirie, Brandon Lee, and Shah Rukh Khan. Among people deceased in 2012, Rodney King ranks 32Before him are Jean Giraud, Stephen Covey, Tony Scott, Matilde Camus, Carlos Fuentes, and Hebe Camargo. After him are Dave Brubeck, Antoni Tàpies, Kiro Gligorov, Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria, Sun Myung Moon, and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Rodney King ranks 789 out of 15,968Before him are John Reed (1887), Steven Weinberg (1933), Matthew McConaughey (1969), Raquel Welch (1940), Steve Reich (1936), and John Fante (1909). After him are Tobin Bell (1942), Bob Beamon (1946), Edward C. Tolman (1886), John Jacob Astor IV (1864), Paul Morphy (1837), and Robert Wagner (1930).

Among CELEBRITIES In United States

Among celebrities born in United States, Rodney King ranks 8Before him are Phineas Gage (1823), Robert Wadlow (1918), Buffalo Bill (1846), Black Dahlia (1924), Monica Lewinsky (1973), and Margaret Brown (1867). After him are Kim Kardashian (1980), Don King (1931), Peggy Guggenheim (1898), Rosemary Kennedy (1918), Sarah Knauss (1880), and Kim Peek (1951).