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 749,701 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Wojciech Jaruzelski is the 1,009th most popular politician (down from 806th in 2019), the 62nd most popular biography from Poland (down from 46th in 2019) and the 9th 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 1,009 out of 15,710Before him are Adolphe Thiers, William Howard Taft, Emperor Gaozong of Tang, Jérôme Bonaparte, Frederick III of Denmark, and Dionysius I of Syracuse. After him are James I of Aragon, Cambyses I, Jean-Bédel Bokassa, Nabonidus, B. R. Ambedkar, and John I of Portugal.

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Among people born in 1923, Wojciech Jaruzelski ranks 14Before him are Wisława Szymborska, Rocky Marciano, Heydar Aliyev, Irma Grese, Italo Calvino, and Roy Lichtenstein. After him are Nadine Gordimer, Peter II of Yugoslavia, Franco Zeffirelli, György Ligeti, Mas Oyama, and Carroll Shelby. Among people deceased in 2014, Wojciech Jaruzelski ranks 11Before him are Alfredo Di Stéfano, Eduard Shevardnadze, Claudio Abbado, Joe Cocker, Shirley Temple, and Eli Wallach. After him are Nadine Gordimer, Luis Aragonés, Hiroo Onoda, Richard Kiel, Jacques Le Goff, and Lauren Bacall.

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Among people born in Poland, Wojciech Jaruzelski ranks 62 out of 1,231Before him are Faustina Kowalska (1905), Andrzej Wajda (1926), Ferdinand Lassalle (1825), Norbert Elias (1897), Krzysztof Penderecki (1933), and Władysław III of Poland (1424). After him are Werner von Blomberg (1878), Walther Nernst (1864), Paul Ehrlich (1854), Sigismund I the Old (1467), Albert A. Michelson (1852), and Erich von Falkenhayn (1861).


Among politicians born in Poland, Wojciech Jaruzelski ranks 9Before him are Lech Wałęsa (1943), Władysław IV Vasa (1595), Vladislaus II of Hungary (1456), Sigismund II Augustus (1520), Casimir III the Great (1310), and Władysław III of Poland (1424). After him are Sigismund I the Old (1467), Bolesław I the Brave (967), Casimir IV Jagiellon (1427), Lech Kaczyński (1949), John II Casimir Vasa (1609), and Zbigniew Brzezinski (1928).