Saddam Hussein

1937 - 2006

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Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti (; Arabic: صدام حسين عبد المجيد التكريتي, romanized: Ṣaddām Ḥusayn ʿAbd al-Majīd al-Tikrītī; 28 April 1937 – 30 December 2006) was an Iraqi politician who served as the fifth president of Iraq from 16 July 1979 until 9 April 2003. A leading member of the revolutionary Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party, and later, the Baghdad-based Ba'ath Party and its regional organization, the Iraqi Ba'ath Party—which espoused Ba'athism, a mix of Arab nationalism and Arab socialism—Saddam played a key role in the 1968 coup (later referred to as the 17 July Revolution) that brought the party to power in Iraq. As vice president under the ailing General Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr, and at a time when many groups were considered capable of overthrowing the government, Saddam created security forces through which he tightly controlled conflicts between the government and the armed forces. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Saddam Hussein has received more than 17,890,252 page views. His biography is available in 121 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 118 in 2019). Saddam Hussein is the 56th most popular politician (up from 58th in 2019), the 4th most popular biography from Iraq and the 3rd most popular Iraqi Politician.

Saddam Hussein was the president of Iraq from 1979 until 2003. He was most famous for his invasion of Kuwait in 1990, which led to the first Gulf War.

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Among politicians, Saddam Hussein ranks 56 out of 15,710Before him are Hillary Clinton, Vladimir Putin, Trajan, Hammurabi, Henry Kissinger, and Akhenaten. After him are Franz Joseph I of Austria, Mary, Queen of Scots, Nicholas II of Russia, Diocletian, Pontius Pilate, and Hurrem Sultan.

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Among people born in 1937, Saddam Hussein ranks 1After him are Anthony Hopkins, Morgan Freeman, Jack Nicholson, Harald V of Norway, Dustin Hoffman, Valentina Tereshkova, Ridley Scott, Jane Fonda, Queen Sonja of Norway, Boris Spassky, and Vanessa Redgrave. Among people deceased in 2006, Saddam Hussein ranks 1After him are Augusto Pinochet, Ferenc Puskás, Slobodan Milošević, Gerald Ford, Milton Friedman, Naguib Mahfouz, James Brown, Stanisław Lem, Saparmurat Niyazov, Heinrich Harrer, and Desmond Doss.

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Among people born in Iraq, Saddam Hussein ranks 4 out of 300Before him are Abraham (-1813), Saladin (1138), and Hammurabi (-1810). After him are Nebuchadnezzar II (-630), Sarah (-1803), Abu Hanifa (698), Ibn al-Haytham (965), Sargon of Akkad (-2300), Mani (216), Al-Kindi (801), and Ashurbanipal (-685).

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Among politicians born in Iraq, Saddam Hussein ranks 3Before him are Saladin (1138) and Hammurabi (-1810). After him are Nebuchadnezzar II (-630), Sargon of Akkad (-2300), Ashurbanipal (-685), Alexander IV of Macedon (-323), Nebuchadnezzar I (-1200), Sennacherib (-740), Sargon II (-750), Al-Ma'mun (786), and Nur ad-Din (1116).