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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Leaders

    Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud: Born: 1924-08-01 - Died: 2015-01-23
    Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was the King of Saudi Arabia from 2005 to 2015. He took the throne when his half-brother King Fahd died. In 2013, King Abdullah was ranked as the 8th most powerful person in the world by Forbes.
    Mario Cuomo: Born: 1932-06-15 - Died: 2015-01-01
    Mario Cuomo was an American politician and three-term Governor of New York. He served from 1983 to 1994. Cuomo was a member of the Democratic Party, and rose to an even higher level of fame after his memorable keynote speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention. Cuomo’s son, Andrew Cuomo, is the 56th Governor of […]
    Ariel Sharon: Born: 1928-02-26 - Died: 2014-01-11
    Ariel Sharon was the former Prime Minister of Israel, holding the position from March 2001 to early 2006. At that time, Sharon suffered a series of strokes – the most serious of which put him in a coma – one that he remained in until his death. Before becoming Prime Minister, Sharon was considered the […]
    Nelson Mandela: Born: 1918-07-18 - Died: 2013-12-05
    Nelson Mandela, 95, was a South African most well know for helping to end the practice of apartheid in the country. He served as a lawyer for numerous political action groups until he was arrested in 1961 and convicted of sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government. He was meant to serve a lifelong prison […]
    Vo Nguyen Giap: Born: 1911-08-25 - Died: 2013-10-04
    Vo Nguyen Giap was a North Vietnamese general who is credited with being one of the driving forces behind ousting the United States from the country during the Vietnam war. He not only commanded the army in the Vietnam war, but also in the first Indochina War of the late ’40s and early ’50s. Other […]
    Johan Friso Bernhard Christiaan David van Oranje-Nassau van Amsberg: Born: 1968-09-25 - Died: 2013-08-12
    Johan Friso Bernhard Christiaan David van Oranje-Nassau van Amsberg was a member of the Dutch Royal Family, the brother of King Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand. He was buried in an avalanche near Lech, Austria in February 2012. (Image courtesy H G Cladder/Wikimedia Commons)
    Andrew Greeley: Born: 1928-02-05 - Died: 2013-05-29
    Andrew Greeley was a Catholic priest, sociologist, and novelist who also regularly contributed to the Chicago Sun-Times and the New York Times. He was known for his outspoken views on the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal, the Iraq War, and immigration.
    Hugo Chavez: Born: 1954-07-28 - Died: 2013-03-05
    Hugo Chavez was the President of Venezuela from 1999 until his death in 2013. He was the leader of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, and is known for implementing socialist reforms in his country. He was seen as one of the United States’ main adversaries, in terms of foreign policy.
    Lino Oviedo: Born: 1943-09-23 - Died: 2012-02-02
    Lino Oviedo was a controversial member of Paraguay’s National Union of Ethical Citizens and was a presidential candidate for the country. His career was marred by accusations of organizing the assassination of Vice President Luis Maria Argana, a subsequent indictment and arrest, and time served in prison. However, he was later freed and absolved of […]
    Daniel Inouye: Born: 1924-09-07 - Died: 2012-12-17
    Daniel Inouye, 88, was a United States Senator from Hawaii. He had served in the Senate since 1963 making him the second-longest serving senator in U.S. history. He also became President pro tempore in 2010 making him the highest-ranking Asian-American politician in U.S. history.
    Sun Myung Moon: Born: 1920-02-25 - Died: 2012-09-03
    Sun Myung Moon was a well-known Korean Evangelist from Korea. Sun Myung Moon is known for founding and creating The Unification Church. Sun Myung Moon founded The Unification Church in 1954, which grew in popularity and belief to 30+ centers in North Korea, and 500+ members in the United States during this time.
    Yitzhak Shamir: Born: 1915-10-15 - Died: 2012-06-30
    Yitzhak Shamir was the prime minister of Israel from 1983-1984 and from 1986-1992. He was instrumental in forming a relationship with the U.S. after Scud missiles landed on Israeli soil, despite being pressured to strike back. He was described by those who knew him as a brave, underground leader who refused to bow to an […]
    Kim Jong-il: Born: 1941-02-16 - Died: 2011-12-17
    Kim Jong-il was the supreme leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea. He was also the Chairman of the National Defense Commission of North Korea, and the Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army, the fourth-largest in the world. In April of 2009 Jong-il had North Korea’s constitution was […]
    Muammar Gaddafi: Born: 1942-06-07 - Died: 2011-10-20
    Gaddafi was the former autocratic ruler of Libya, from 1969 when he seized power in a military coup, until 2011 when his government was overthrown by a NATO-backed rebel force in a civil war.
    Fred Shuttlesworth: Born: 1922-03-18 - Died: 2011-10-05
    Fred Shuttlesworth was a civil rights activist who lead the charge against segregation and other forms of racism as a minister in Birmingham, Alabama. He was the co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rev. Ralph Abernathy from Montgomery, Rev. Joseph Lowery from Mobile, Alabama, Rev. T.J. Jemison […]
    Ted Kennedy: Born: 1932-02-22 - Died: 2009-08-25
    Kennedy was a Senator from Massachusetts and a leading member of the Democratic Party. He had been in office since November 1962, serving nine terms in the Senate. Kennedy was the youngest brother to President John F. Kennedy.
    Jack Kemp: Born: 1935-07-13 - Died: 2009-05-02
    Kemp was a former professional football player turned politician who was the Vice President nominee, in 1996, alongside Bob Dole. As a U.S. Congressman he was the primary driver of President Ronald Reagan’s supply-side economics agenda which led to large tax cuts. These cuts are largely credited with bringing on one of the most successful […]
    Vlad III the Impaler: Born: 1431-11-14 - Died: 1476-12-??
    Vlad III the Impaler also known as Vlad Vlad Ţepeş, Vlad Dracula, and Dracula was the Prince of Wallachia reigning in 1448, from 1456-1462, and 1476. His reign was a reign of terror according to many legends. He is said to have tortured and impaled thousands of men, women, and children on stakes. Many of […]
    Gaius Octavius: Born: 63 BC - Died: 14 AD
    First emperor of Rome, following Julius Caesar. Governed Rome from 27 BC to 14 AD.
    Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin: Born: 1931-02-01 - Died: 2007-04-23
    Former Russian president (1991-1999). He was the first freely elected president in Russia.
    Barca Hannibal: Born: 0000-00-00 - Died: 0000-00-00
    Famous carthaginian general who fought against Rome in the Punic wars. Crossed the alps into Italy with his army with elephants.
    Attila the Hun: Born: 406 AD - Died: 453 AD
    He was the most powerful king of the Huns. His empire stretched from Germany to the Eastern Europe. He fought the Romans, but stopped short of sacking Rome in 452.
    Alexander the Great: Born: 356 BC - Died: 323 BC
    Considered the greatest military leader of all time, guiding his Macedonian and Greek troops to conquer most of the known world.
    Joan of Arc: Born: 1412-01-06 - Died: 1431-05-30
    As a young girl she had visions from god telling her to recover France from English domination during the 100 years war. At 17 years of age she took command of the french armies obtaining many victories, leading to the coronation of Charles VII as king. Captured by the English she was convicted of heresy […]
    Geronimo: Born: 1829-06-16 - Died: 1909-02-17
    A leader of the Chiricahua Apaches, he fought against the Mexican and the U.S. army from 1858 to 1886, when he surrendered to the U.S. army. US army paratroopers, in honor of his bravery, call out his name when parachuting out of a plane.
    Saddam Hussein: Born: 1937-04-28 - Died: 2006-12-30
    He was president of Iraq from 1979 until April 2003 when he was captured by American troops. He was a ruthless dictator who ruled Iraq by terror, and fought two wars, one against Iran which finished in stalemate (1980/1988) and later, in 1990, invaded Kuwait, leading to the first Gulf War.
    Yasser Arafat: Born: 1929-08-24 - Died: 2004-11-11
    Arafat was the Palestinian leader and leader of the secular Fatah political party.
    Ho Chi Minh: Born: 1890-05-19 - Died: 1969-09-02
    A Vietnamese communist, he formed the Vietminh, a Communist organization, to fight against the Japanese in world war II. In 1945 he announced the formation of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, and continued the fight against foreign occupation, this time by the french, the prewar colonial power. Fighting continued until 1954 when the french were […]
    Adolf Hitler: Born: 1889-04-20 - Died: 1945-04-30
    He led Germany into the II world war. He was responsible for the holacaust the sistematic liquidation of 6 million jews and others.
    Genghis Khan: Born: 1162 AD - Died: 1227-08-18
    Mongolian conquering prince, who united the mongolian tribes and carved out an empire stretching from estern Europe to china. To this day he is venerated in Mongolia as the father of the country.