Born in 1937, Saddam Hussein participated in a 1968 coup that brought the nationalist, socialist Ba'ath Party to long-term power in Iraq. After a swift rise within during which he implements free education for all, promotes literacy for women and builds a nuclear research facility, he is officially made president in 1979. Infamous for "murdering as many as a million of his people" throughout a series of political purges and secret police operations,Saddam is also widely known as an eccentric dictator who sends Boeing 747's filled with TV's and rugs as gifts to fellow world leaders, collects expensive designer suits and smokes cuban cigars. Aside from hundreds of giant statues of his effigy built across the land and watches giving "Saddam Time", he commissions a special edition of the Quran to be written in more than seven gallons of his own blood. In 2003, Saddam is captured and tried by US military forces in the wake of the War on Terrorism. He is hung on December 30, 2006.
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