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Wojciech Jaruzelski

1923 - 2014

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Wojciech Witold Jaruzelski (Polish: [ˈvɔjt͡ɕɛɣ ˈvitɔlt jaruˈzɛlskʲi] (listen); 6 July 1923 – 25 May 2014) was a Polish military officer, politician and de facto leader of the Polish People's Republic from 1981 until 1989. He was the First Secretary of the Polish United Workers' Party between 1981 and 1989, making him the last leader of the Polish People's Republic. Jaruzelski served as Prime Minister from 1981 to 1985, the Chairman of the Council of State from 1985 to 1989 and briefly as President of Poland from 1989 to 1990, when the office of President was restored after 37 years. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wojciech Jaruzelski has received more than 822,218 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia. Wojciech Jaruzelski is the 893rd most popular politician (up from 1,008th in 2019), the 50th most popular biography from Poland (up from 62nd in 2019) and the 10th most popular Polish Politician.

Wojciech Jaruzelski was the president of Poland from 1981 to 1989. He is most famous for his imposition of martial law in 1981, which was a response to the rise of the Solidarity movement.

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Among politicians, Wojciech Jaruzelski ranks 893 out of 15,577Before him are Anastasius I Dicorus, Diane de Poitiers, Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, Thutmose II, Antigonus I Monophthalmus, and Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk. After him are Olaf Tryggvason, Aristides, Faisal of Saudi Arabia, Mindaugas, Sneferu, and Amenhotep II.

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Among people born in 1923, Wojciech Jaruzelski ranks 13Before him are Wisława Szymborska, Heydar Aliyev, Charlton Heston, Marcel Marceau, Irma Grese, and Rocky Marciano. After him are Italo Calvino, Peter II of Yugoslavia, Carroll Shelby, György Ligeti, Richard Attenborough, and Franco Zeffirelli. Among people deceased in 2014, Wojciech Jaruzelski ranks 8Before him are Robin Williams, Ariel Sharon, Eusébio, Alfredo Di Stéfano, Eduard Shevardnadze, and Hiroo Onoda. After him are Claudio Abbado, Eli Wallach, Joe Cocker, Luis Aragonés, Shirley Temple, and Maximilian Schell.

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Among people born in Poland, Wojciech Jaruzelski ranks 50 out of 1,454Before him are Lech Kaczyński (1949), Tamara de Lempicka (1898), Ernst Cassirer (1874), Christian Wolff (1679), Maria Goeppert Mayer (1906), and Paul Ehrlich (1854). After him are Władysław III of Poland (1424), Klaus Kinski (1926), Otto Stern (1888), Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768), Eric of Pomerania (1381), and Ferdinand Lassalle (1825).


Among politicians born in Poland, Wojciech Jaruzelski ranks 10Before him are Władysław IV Vasa (1595), Leonid Kravchuk (1934), Vladislaus II of Hungary (1456), Zbigniew Brzezinski (1928), Sigismund II Augustus (1520), and Lech Kaczyński (1949). After him are Władysław III of Poland (1424), Casimir III the Great (1310), Bolesław I the Brave (967), Sigismund I the Old (1467), Casimir IV Jagiellon (1427), and John II Casimir Vasa (1609).