(Former President of South Korea)
Birthday: November 14, 1917 (Scorpio)
Born In: Gumi, South Korea
Park Chung-hee was a South Korean general, who assumed the presidency in a coup and served as the President of South Korea for 16 years before he was assassinated. He is considered to be one of the most successful leaders of South Korea who steered the nation towards becoming an economic superpower. His reign ushered in a period of sweeping nationwide economic development but at the expense of political freedom and civil liberties. He came from a poor family and started his work as a teacher. Later on, he joined the Manchukuo Imperial Army and served in the final stages of World War II. After South Korea became a free country, Park assumed charge as the brigadier general of the South Korean army during the war between North Korea and South Korea that lasted for three years. On becoming the general, he engineered a coup leading to the toppling of the Second Republic. After temporarily governing South Korea as a junta leader, he was elected as the first president of the Third Republic. Kim Jae Kyu, chief of Korean Central Intelligence Agency and Park Chung-hee's close companion, assassinated him, following years of authoritarian rule by the Park Chung-hee.