July 18, 1918
Nelson Mandela was South Africa's first black president, renowned for his anti-apartheid activism and successful democratic election.
August 13, 1926
Fidel Castro was the Cuban revolutionary and politician who served as its leader from 1959-2008, becoming a famous icon of communist rule.
October 7, 1952
Vladimir Putin is a Russian politician and former intelligence officer who has held office since 1999; he is famed for his lengthy presidency.
October 13, 1925
Margaret Thatcher was a British politician and Prime Minister (1979-1990) who made history as the first woman leader of a major British political party.
December 25, 1971
Justin Trudeau is the 23rd prime minister of Canada and leader of the Liberal Party since 2013. He became famous for his progressive politics.