Ogedei Khan Biography
(2nd Khagan-Emperor of the Mongol Empire)
Birthday: November 30, 1186 (Sagittarius)
Born In: Khamag Mongol
Ogedei Khan was the third son of Genghis Khan and the second Khagan (‘Great Khan’) of the Mongol Empire. During Ogedei's reign, the Mongols defeated their long-time rivals from the Jin dynasty and waged war against the Southern Song. The Mongols had also launched their first campaigns against Korea around that time. He played a crucial role in the Mongol Empire's expansion that included creating a new capital at Karakorum and also establishing regional governance and taxation. Ogedei was successful in conquering eastern Europe after invading Russia, Bulgaria, Poland, and Hungary. It is believed that he was his father's favorite son since his childhood. Growing up, Ogedei had a persuasive personality and was known for his strong-willed attitude. Even though he was not as educated as his father, he was an intelligent and able ruler. He was infamously known for his drinking habit that is believed to have actually killed him. As the Mongols were conquering parts of Europe, they received the news of his death back home. It is believed that if Ogedei had not died, the Mongols would have succeeded in conquering all of Europe.