Kim Il-sung

President of North Korea
Born Apr 15, 1912
Hometown Pyongyang
Died Jul 8, 1994
Death Place Pyongyang
Political Party Workers’ Party of...
Nationality North Korean
Other Names Kim Ilsong, Gim I...

Kim Il-sung was the ruler of North Korea, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, from its establishment in 1948 until his death in 1994. He held the posts of Prime Minister from 1948 to 1972 and President from 1972 to his death. He was also the leader of the Workers' Party of Korea from 1949 to 1994 (titled as chairman from 1949 to 1966 and as general secretary after 1966).… Read More

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1912 Birth Kim is reported by some to have been born in the small village of Mangyungbong (then called Namni) on 15 April 1912. … Read More
1920 8 Years Old According to the official version, Kim’s family participated in anti-Japanese activities and in 1920 they fled to Manchuria. … Read More


1926 14 Years Old 1 More Event
In October 1926, Kim founded the Down-With-Imperialism Union.
1929 17 Years Old The police discovered the group three weeks after it was formed in 1929, and jailed Kim for several months.
1931 19 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1931, Kim joined the Communist Party of China—the Communist Party of Korea had been founded in 1925, but had been thrown out of the Comintern in the early 1930s for being too nationalist. He joined various anti-Japanese guerrilla groups in northern China. Feelings against the Japanese ran high in Manchuria, but as of May 1930 Manchuria was not occupied by the Japanese. On 30 May 1930 a spontaneous violent uprising in eastern Manchuria arose in which peasants attacked some local villages in the name of resisting "Japanese aggression". … Read More


1935 23 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1935, Kim became a member of the Northeast Anti-Japanese United Army, a guerrilla group led by the Communist Party of China. … Read More
1937 25 Years Old Kim was appointed commander of the 6th division in 1937, at the age of 24, controlling a few hundred men in a group that came to be known as "Kim Il-sung’s division". … Read More
1940 28 Years Old Kim was appointed commander of the 2nd operational region for the 1st Army, but by the end of 1940, he was the only 1st Army leader still alive. … Read More


1945 33 Years Old 1 More Event
Kim arrived in the Korean port of Wonsan on 19 September 1945.
1946 - 1947 2 More Events
1948 36 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He held the posts of Prime Minister from 1948 to 1972 and President from 1972 to his death. … Read More
1949 37 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1949, the Workers Party of North Korea merged with its southern counterpart to become the Workers Party of Korea (WPK) with Kim as party chairman.


1952 40 Years Old Kim married Kim Sung-ae in 1952, and it is believed he had three children with her: Kim Yŏng-il (not to be confused with the former Premier of North Korea of the same name), Kim Kyŏng-il and Kim Pyong-il. … Read More
1956 44 Years Old …  In 1956, anti-Kim elements encouraged by de-Stalinization in the Soviet Union emerged within the Party to criticize Kim and demand reforms. … Read More


1972 60 Years Old A new constitution was proclaimed in December 1972, under which Kim became President of North Korea.
1980 68 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1980, he had decided that his son Kim Jong-il would succeed him, and increasingly delegated the running of the government to him. … Read More
1991 79 Years Old To ensure a full succession of leadership to his son and designated successor Kim Jong-il, Kim turned over his chairmanship of North Korea's National Defense Commission—the body mainly responsible for control of the armed forces as well as the supreme commandership of the country's now million-man strong military force, the Korean People's Army—to his son in 1991 and 1993. … Read More
His son Kim Jong-il became his formal successor at the 6th WPK Congress, and succeeded him in 1994. … Read More
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