Saddam Hussein was born April 28th, 1937. He was born in a place called Tikrit District, in Iraq.
At the age of 9 months Saddam became an orphan, he was raised by his Uncle, Khairallah Talfah, an anti colonialist, who led an unsuccessful coup and bid for independence in 1941. (Axelrod, Dictators and Tyrants, p.145)
Saddam has been the president of Iraq since 1979. He was a strong believer in terrorism, and he supported it as well. He is chairman of the Revolutionary Common Council of the Baath Party, which sets the government policies. Using Iraq's huge petroleum resources , Hussein supervised a successful development program in the 1970's. This was hulted by a war between Iraq and Iran from 1980 until 1988, when a cease-fire was declared. Hussein now was known for his ruthless actions. For example in the 1980's he used chemical weapons against Kurdish people of Iraq, who were seeking self government. ( Le Gall, World Book Encyclopedi...