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Saddam Hussein

1937 - 2006

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Saddam Hussein ( (listen); Arabic: صدام حسين, Iraqi Arabic [sˤɐdˈdɑːm ɜħsɪe̯n]; 28 April 1937 – 30 December 2006), known mononymously as Saddam, was an Iraqi politician and dictator 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 21,161,735 page views. His biography is available in 124 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 121 in 2019). Saddam Hussein is the 51st most popular politician (up from 56th 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 51 out of 15,577Before him are Ulysses S. Grant, Nero, Leon Trotsky, Peter the Great, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Angela Merkel. After him are Boris Yeltsin, Nebuchadnezzar II, Nikita Khrushchev, Marcus Aurelius, Fidel Castro, and Ahmed I.

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

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Among people born in Iraq, Saddam Hussein ranks 4 out of 338Before him are Abraham (-1813), Saladin (1138), and Hammurabi (-1810). After him are Nebuchadnezzar II (-630), Abu Hanifa (698), Ashurbanipal (-685), Sargon of Akkad (-2300), Sarah (-1803), Al-Kindi (801), Ibn al-Haytham (965), and Mani (216).

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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), Ashurbanipal (-685), Sargon of Akkad (-2300), Alexander IV of Macedon (-323), Sennacherib (-740), Sargon II (-750), Nebuchadnezzar I (-1200), Khosrow II (570), and Al-Ma'mun (786).