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Roland (pronounced [ʁɔ.lɑ̃]; Old Frankish: *Hrōþiland; Medieval Latin: Hruodlandus or Rotholandus; Italian: Orlando or Rolando; died 15 August 778) was a Frankish military leader under Charlemagne who became one of the principal figures in the literary cycle known as the Matter of France. The historical Roland was military governor of the Breton March, responsible for defending Francia's frontier against the Bretons. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Roland has received more than 1,101,712 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 52 in 2019). Roland is the 40th most popular military personnel (down from 29th in 2019), the 38th most popular biography from Spain (down from 35th in 2019) and the most popular Military Personnel.

Roland is most famous for their drum machines, like the TR-808 and TR-909. They also make synthesizers and effects.

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Among military personnels, Roland ranks 40 out of 1,468Before him are Baron Munchausen, Guan Yu, Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, Tariq ibn Ziyad, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, and Ernst Röhm. After him are Prince Eugene of Savoy, Stanislav Petrov, Manfred von Richthofen, Flavius Aetius, Gerd von Rundstedt, and Alfred Dreyfus.

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Among people born in 736, Roland ranks 1 Among people deceased in 778, Roland ranks 1After him are Sufyan al-Thawri and Lupus II of Gascony.

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Among people born in Spain, Roland ranks 38 out of 2,932Before him are Ibn Arabi (1165), Julio Iglesias (1943), Federico García Lorca (1898), Philip III of Spain (1578), Montserrat Caballé (1933), and Luis Buñuel (1900). After him are Charles III of Spain (1716), Isidore of Seville (560), Pope Callixtus III (1379), Arcadius (377), Muhammad al-Idrisi (1100), and El Cid (1045).