Kim Jae-gyu

1926 - 1980

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Kim Jae-gyu (Hangul: 김재규, March 6, 1926 – May 24, 1980) was a South Korean politician, army lieutenant general and the director of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency. He assassinated South Korean President Park Chung-hee—who had been one of his closest friends—on October 26, 1979, and was subsequently executed by hanging on May 24, 1980. He remains a controversial figure with many contradictions: he is regarded by some as a patriot who ended Park's 18-year military dictatorship, and by others as a traitor who killed his long-time benefactor out of personal grievance. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Kim Jae-gyu has received more than 512,042 page views. His biography is available in 15 different languages on Wikipedia. Kim Jae-gyu is the 4,701st most popular politician, the 76th most popular biography from South Korea and the 59th most popular South Korean Politician.

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Among politicians, Kim Jae-gyu ranks 4,701 out of 15,710Before him are Peter Delyan, Georg von Hertling, Tsarevna Catherine Ivanovna of Russia, Mustafa Akıncı, Matilda of England, Duchess of Saxony, and Princess Milica of Serbia. After him are Pim Fortuyn, Ordoño I of Asturias, Charles, Cardinal of Lorraine, Philotas, Francisco de Paula Rodrigues Alves, and Raymond of Burgundy.

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Among people born in 1926, Kim Jae-gyu ranks 94Before him are Siegfried Lenz, Joachim Fest, Roger Corman, Carmen Franco, 1st Duchess of Franco, Youssef Chahine, and György Kurtág. After him are Aaron Klug, Francisco Rabal, László Papp, Ed McBain, Maria Teresa de Filippis, and Robert Fogel. Among people deceased in 1980, Kim Jae-gyu ranks 61Before him are Fabian von Schlabrendorff, Winifred Wagner, Kazimierz Kuratowski, Hugh Griffith, Mohammad Hatta, and Tex Avery. After him are Nadezhda Mandelstam, Patrick Depailler, Yigal Allon, Heinz Linge, Ernő Gerő, and Dietrich von Saucken.

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In South Korea

Among people born in South Korea, Kim Jae-gyu ranks 76 out of 774Before him are Princess Deokhye (1912), Ri Chun-hee (1943), Deokjong of Goryeo (1016), Munjong of Goryeo (1019), Charles J. Pedersen (1904), and Choe Yong-rim (1930). After him are Bong Joon-ho (1969), Soh Jaipil (1864), Yi Hwang (1501), Jeong Mong-ju (1337), Psy (1977), and Ko Un (1933).

Among POLITICIANS In South Korea

Among politicians born in South Korea, Kim Jae-gyu ranks 59Before him are Mokjong of Goryeo (980), Kim Tu-bong (1889), Ri Chun-hee (1943), Deokjong of Goryeo (1016), Munjong of Goryeo (1019), and Choe Yong-rim (1930). After him are Jeong Mong-ju (1337), Lee Jong-wook (1945), Jeongjong, 10th monarch of Goryeo (1018), Park Won-soon (1956), Sunjong of Goryeo (1047), and Yejong of Goryeo (1079).