Nov. 17 (Saturday)

5th Leader of the Soviet Union
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Full Name: Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev
Born: Dec. 19, 1906 in Kamenskoye, Yekaterinoslav Governorate, Russian Empire
Died: Nov. 10, 1982 in Zarechye, Soviet Union
Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev was the leader of the Soviet Union from 1964 until his death in 1982, a period of growing Soviet influence that helped cement his status as the most popular Russian leader of the 20th century