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Kim Il-sung

North Korean Founder and Dictator Kim Il-sung

Profession: North Korean Founder and Dictator

Nationality:
North Korea
North Korean

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.

Born: April 15, 1912
Birthplace: Mangyongdae, Pyongyang, Japanese Korea

Generation: Greatest Generation
Star Sign: Aries

Died: July 8, 1994 (aged 82)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

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Events in the Life of Kim Il-sung

  • 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

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