Selim II

1524 - 1574

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Selim II (Ottoman Turkish: سليم ثانى Selīm-i sānī, Turkish: II. Selim; 30 May 1524 – 15 December 1574), also known as Selim the Blond (Turkish: Sarı Selim) or Selim the Drunk (Turkish: Sarhoş Selim), was the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1566 until his death in 1574. He was a son of Suleiman the Magnificent and his wife Hurrem Sultan. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Selim II has received more than 2,353,919 page views. His biography is available in 68 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 67 in 2019). Selim II is the 74th most popular politician (down from 55th in 2019), the 8th most popular biography from Turkey (down from 6th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Turkish Politician.

Selim II was the Ottoman Sultan from 1566 to 1574. He is most famous for his military conquests in the Mediterranean, which included Cyprus, Rhodes, and Malta.

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Among politicians, Selim II ranks 74 out of 15,710Before him are Ronald Reagan, Ivan the Terrible, Richard I of England, Nicolae Ceaușescu, Nikita Khrushchev, and Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor. After him are Napoleon III, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Theodosius I, Mary I of England, Mehmed the Conqueror, and Louis XV of France.

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Among people born in 1524, Selim II ranks 1After him are Luís de Camões, Pierre de Ronsard, Ottavio Farnese, Duke of Parma, Joseph Nasi, Diego de Landa, Charles, Cardinal of Lorraine, Louise Labé, Philip de Montmorency, Count of Horn, François Hotman, Elizabeth of Denmark, Duchess of Mecklenburg, and Thomas Erastus. Among people deceased in 1574, Selim II ranks 1After him are Giorgio Vasari, Charles IX of France, Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Renée of France, Bartolomeo Eustachi, Margaret of France, Duchess of Berry, Ebussuud Efendi, Maarten van Heemskerck, Georg Joachim Rheticus, Charles, Cardinal of Lorraine, and Guru Amar Das.

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Among people born in Turkey, Selim II ranks 8 out of 1,128Before him are Paul the Apostle (5), Herodotus (-484), Suleiman the Magnificent (1494), Saint George (280), Heraclitus (-535), and Thales of Miletus (-623). After him are Mehmed the Conqueror (1432), Osman I (1254), Selim I (1470), Diogenes (-404), Ahmed I (1590), and Saint Nicholas (270).


Among politicians born in Turkey, Selim II ranks 2Before him are Suleiman the Magnificent (1494). After him are Mehmed the Conqueror (1432), Osman I (1254), Selim I (1470), Ahmed I (1590), Murad IV (1612), Murad III (1546), Mehmed III (1566), Bayezid I (1354), Bayezid II (1447), and Abdul Hamid II (1842).