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Kim Dae Jung

Born: 1925 AD
Currently alive, at 90 years of age.
Nationality: Korean
Categories: Head of State, Political Leader

1925 – Kim Dae Jung, born on the 3rd of December in Haui-do, Jeollanam-do, an island off the South Korean Coast. He is a former South Korean president.

1954 – Entered politics, opposing the policies of Syngman Rhee.

1957 – A Roman Catholic, he has been called the "Nelson Mandela" of Asia.

1961 – Elected as a representative for the National Assembly.

1973 – He was kidnapped from a hotel in Tokyo by KCIA agents in response to his criticism of President Park’s yushin program.

1998 – 2003 – He was the President (succeeding Kim Young-sam.

2000 – He participated in the first North-South presidential summit with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-il, which later led to his winning the Nobel Peace Prize.