History’s Largest Funerals

by M-Rebeiro

Pope John Paul II died on April 2, 2005 and his funeral took place on April 8th. It was the single largest gathering of heads of state in history and was attended by four kings, five queens and at least 70 presidents and prime ministers.

Throughout history, certain people in positions of celebrity have attracted millions to their funeral ceremonies. Usually singers, politicians or religious leaders, the following 6 attracted the largest crowds to rank among the largest peaceful gatherings of people in history.

1) C.N Annadurai, Tamil chief minister in India [Over 15 million]

2) Abdel Nasser, Egyptian president [Over 5 million estimated]

3) Abdel Halim Hafez, Egyptian singer [Estimated 4 million]

4) Umm Kulthum, Egyptian singer [Estimated 4 million]

5) Pope John Paul II, Catholic Church leader for 26 years [Estimated 2 to 4 million]

6) Ayatollah Khomeini, supreme leader of Iran [Estimated 3 million]

In addition to these people, the televised memorials with the largest viewerships are those of Princess Diana of Wales and Michael Jackson, both with an estimation above 2.5 billion.

Read more:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_peaceful_gatherings_in_history

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_funerals

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