1787 - 1828

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Shaka kaSenzangakhona (c. July 1787 – 22 September 1828), also known as Shaka Zulu (Zulu pronunciation: [ˈʃaːɠa]) and Sigidi kaSenzangakhona, was the founder of the Zulu Kingdom from 1816 to 1828. He was one of the most influential monarchs of the Zulu, responsible for re-organizing the military into a formidable force via a series of wide-reaching and influential reforms. Shaka was born in the lunar month of uNtulikazi (July) in the year of 1787 near present-day Melmoth, KwaZulu-Natal Province, the son of the Zulu chief Senzangakhona. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Shaka has received more than 4,419,751 page views. His biography is available in 87 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 83 in 2019). Shaka is the 1,020th most popular politician (down from 866th in 2019), the 5th most popular biography from South Africa (down from 4th in 2019) and the most popular South African Politician.

Shaka is most famous for being the hand signal for "hang loose" or "peace."

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Among politicians, Shaka ranks 1,020 out of 15,710Before him are B. R. Ambedkar, John I of Portugal, Hamid Karzai, Yazdegerd III, Joachim Gauck, and James Madison. After him are Sebastian of Portugal, Mohammad Mosaddegh, Cleopatra Selene II, Édouard Daladier, Agrippina the Elder, and Demetrius I of Macedon.

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Among people born in 1787, Shaka ranks 3Before him are Louis Daguerre and Joseph von Fraunhofer. After him are François Guizot, Vuk Karadžić, Jan Evangelista Purkyně, Maria Ludovika of Austria-Este, Rasmus Rask, Alfred I, Prince of Windisch-Grätz, Alexander Sergeyevich Menshikov, Franz Xaver Gruber, and Guillaume Henri Dufour. Among people deceased in 1828, Shaka ranks 3Before him are Franz Schubert and Francisco Goya. After him are Maria Feodorovna, Victor of Aveyron, Franz Joseph Gall, Carl Peter Thunberg, Jean-Antoine Houdon, Alexander Ypsilantis, Kobayashi Issa, William Hyde Wollaston, and Karl August, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach.

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In South Africa

Among people born in South Africa, Shaka ranks 5 out of 312Before him are Nelson Mandela (1918), J. R. R. Tolkien (1892), J. M. Coetzee (1940), and Sarah Baartman (1788). After him are Nadine Gordimer (1923), Behati Prinsloo (1988), Elon Musk (1971), F. W. de Klerk (1936), Christiaan Barnard (1922), Desmond Tutu (1931), and Miriam Makeba (1932).

Among POLITICIANS In South Africa

Among politicians born in South Africa, Shaka ranks 1After him are F. W. de Klerk (1936), Paul Kruger (1825), Thabo Mbeki (1942), Jacob Zuma (1942), P. W. Botha (1916), Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark (1942), Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (1936), Jan Smuts (1870), Cyril Ramaphosa (1952), D. F. Malan (1874), and Abba Eban (1915).