World leaders when I was born

February 1974, these 21 people were running the show. Listed by time in office, shortest to longest.
  1. 1.
    Edward Heath
    United Kingdom. This guy called for a general election hours after I was born... 5 days later, he was out.
  2. 2.
    Georges Pompidou
    France. Died in office a month after I was born. Cancer.
  3. 3.
    Golda Meir
    Israel. In office for just 3 more months after I came around.
  4. 4.
    Richard Nixon
    United States. 5 1/2 months later, he resigned.
  5. 5.
    Kakuei Tanaka
    Japan. Nixon wasn't the only world leader to resign the year I was born. Tanaka resigned in December 1974.
  6. 6.
    Luis Echeverría
    Mexico. President until November 1976. He created the states of Baja California Sur and Quintana Roo, the 2 most fun states in Mexico. I honeymooned in one of them. Sammy Hagar hangs out in the other.
  7. 7.
    Mao Zedong
    China. Became Chairman in 1945, made it until 1976 when I was 2.
  8. 8.
    Dan Walker
    Illinois. Not a world leader, but I was born in Illinois. 1 of 4 Illinois Governors in a single generation to be convicted and jailed. Neat!
  9. 9.
    Indira Gandhi
    India. Fun fact: No relation to Mahatma Gandhi. Prime Minister until 1977. Then again from 80-84.
  10. 10.
    Nikolai Podgorny
    Soviet Union. Chairman of the Presidium of the Soviet Union. That's a mouthful. Succeeded by Brezhnev 3 years later. I know a Podgorny who was born while he was in office. I don't think she's a Communist though.
  11. 11.
    Pope Paul VI
    Pope until 1978. I'm not a Catholic, but he's still a world leader. Plus, look at that outfit.
  12. 12.
    Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
    Iran. The Shah from 1941, until he was overthrown in 1979. This dude has style.
  13. 13.
    Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr
    Iraq. This guy was running the show until Saddam Hussein came into power in 1979.
  14. 14.
    Anwar Sadat
    Egypt. Sadat was assassinated in 1981.
  15. 15.
    Kurt Waldheim
    United Nations. Secretary General until 1981. A bit controversial considering he was a Nazi during WWII. 😬
  16. 16.
    Pierre Trudeau
    Canada. Prime Minister until I was 10... Now his son is running the country.
  17. 17.
    Hirohito
    Japan. Emperor from 1926 until 1989. Lots of things happened in that period to say the least.
  18. 18.
    Fidel Castro
    Cuba. Leader of Cuba from 1961 up to 2008. A guy named Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado was actually Cuban President up to 1976 but Communist leadership structure is confusing. That's why I'm not listing Germany.
  19. 19.
    Muammar Gaddafi
    Libya. Long title of Brotherly Leader and Guide of the Revolution of Libya until from 1969 to 2011. Got a little ugly at the end.
  20. 20.
    Bhumibol Adulyadej
    Thailand. Winner for overall longevity, from 1946 until his death last month, October 2016. 70 years. Hang in there, Queen Elizabeth.
  21. 21.
    Elizabeth II
    United Kingdom & The Commonwealth. Since 1952 to now, the only head state that has not changed in my lifetime.