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1787 - 1828

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Shaka kaSenzangakhona (c. 1787 – 22 September 1828), also known as Shaka Zulu (Zulu pronunciation: [ˈʃaːɠa]) and Sigidi kaSenzangakhona, was the king of the Zulu Kingdom from 1816 to 1828. One of the most influential monarchs of the Zulu, he ordered wide-reaching reforms that re-organized the military into a formidable force. King Shaka was born in the lunar month of uNtulikazi (July) in the year of 1787 in Southern Africa near present-day Melmoth, KwaZulu-Natal Province, the son of the Zulu King Senzangakhona kaJama. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Shaka has received more than 4,960,476 page views. His biography is available in 89 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 87 in 2019). Shaka is the 1,078th most popular politician (down from 1,019th in 2019), the 7th most popular biography from South Africa (down from 5th 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 1,078 out of 15,577Before him are Yulia Tymoshenko, Klas Pontus Arnoldson, Ariq Böke, Dionysius I of Syracuse, Alfredo Stroessner, and Rashid-al-Din Hamadani. After him are Habib Bourguiba, Emperor Kōmei, Nabopolassar, Eric XIV of Sweden, David Lloyd George, and Alpha Condé.

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

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In South Africa

Among people born in South Africa, Shaka ranks 7 out of 374Before him are Nelson Mandela (1918), J. R. R. Tolkien (1892), Elon Musk (1971), Sarah Baartman (1788), Desmond Tutu (1931), and J. M. Coetzee (1940). After him are Christiaan Barnard (1922), F. W. de Klerk (1936), Nadine Gordimer (1923), Miriam Makeba (1932), Charlize Theron (1975), and Jacob Zuma (1942).

Among POLITICIANS In South Africa

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