Profession: North Korean Founder and Dictator
Why Famous: Founded North Korea after World War II, reigning as its supreme leader from 1948 until his death in 1994.
Utilizing an unprecedented cult of personality, Kim Il-sung transformed North Korea into one of the most totalitarian states on Earth.
He was succeeded by his eldest son Kim Jong-il and later his grandson Kim Jong-un and remains worshiped in North Korea by government decree today.
- 1945-09-19 Kim Il-sung arrives in harbor of Wonsan, Korea
- 1976-08-18 Korean axe murder incident: 2 US soldiers tasked with cutting down a poplar tree blocking the view of UN observers are killed by North Koreans claiming it was planted by Kim Il-Sung in the Korean Demilitarized Zone
- 1994-07-20 Supreme Leader of North-Korea, Kim Il-sung is placed in a public Mausoleum at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun