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Full Name: Rafael Leónidas Trujillo
Born: Oct. 24, 1891 in San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic
Died: May. 30, 1961 in Ciudad Trujillo (now Santo Domingo), Dominican Republic
Rafael Leónidas Trujillo was a brutal dictator supported by the United States who ruled the Dominican Republican from 1930 until his assassination in 1961, an era known as the Trujillo Era, considered one of the bloodiest chapters in the history of the Americas