1787 - 1828


Shaka kaSenzangakhona (c. July 1787 – 22 September 1828), also known as Shaka Zulu (Zulu pronunciation: [ˈʃaːɠa]), was the King of the Zulu Kingdom from 1816 to 1828. He was one of the most influential monarchs of the Zulu Kingdom, responsible for re-organizing the Zulu military into a formidable force via a series of wide-reaching and influential reforms. King 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 3,534,514 page views. His biography is available in 83 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 872nd most popular politician.

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Among politicians, Shaka ranks 867 out of 14,801Before him are Al-Ma'mun, Josiah, George Marshall, Justinian II, Christian I of Denmark, and Himiko. After him are Yitzhak Shamir, Farouk of Egypt, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, Sukjong of Joseon, Władysław III of Poland, and Mindaugas.

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Among people born in 1787, Shaka ranks 2Before him is Louis Daguerre. After him are Joseph von Fraunhofer, Vuk Karadžić, Jan Evangelista Purkyně, François Guizot, Maria Ludovika of Austria-Este, Rasmus Rask, Alfred I, Prince of Windisch-Grätz, Franz Xaver Gruber, Guillaume Henri Dufour, and Alexander Sergeyevich Menshikov. Among people deceased in 1828, Shaka ranks 3Before him are Franz Schubert and Francisco Goya. After him are Maria Feodorovna, Victor of Aveyron, Carl Peter Thunberg, Franz Joseph Gall, William Hyde Wollaston, Kobayashi Issa, Jean-Antoine Houdon, Alexander Ypsilantis, and Karl August, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach.

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In South Africa

Among people born in South Africa, Shaka ranks 4 out of 220Before him are Nelson Mandela (1918), J. R. R. Tolkien (1892), and J. M. Coetzee (1940). After him are Nadine Gordimer (1923), Sarah Baartman (1788), F. W. de Klerk (1936), Christiaan Barnard (1922), Desmond Tutu (1931), Miriam Makeba (1932), Elon Musk (1971), and Paul Kruger (1825).

Among POLITICIANS In South Africa

Among politicians born in South Africa, Shaka ranks 1After him are F. W. de Klerk (1936), Paul Kruger (1825), Jacob Zuma (1942), Thabo Mbeki (1942), P. W. Botha (1916), Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark (1942), Jan Smuts (1870), Cyril Ramaphosa (1952), D. F. Malan (1874), Abba Eban (1915), and Cetshwayo kaMpande (1826).

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