Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

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Birthday
19, 1881
Birthplace
Thessaloniki, Greece
Death Date
Nov 10, 1938 (57)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
19, 1881
Birthplace
Thessaloniki, Greece
Death Date
Nov 10, 1938 (57)

About

First president of Turkey from 1923 to 1938 who was a winning strategist in the war for Turkey's independence and helped found the Republic of Turkey in its aftermath. He transformed Turkey into a secular democratic nation-state, established new schools, and gave women equal civil rights.

Before Fame

He served in the Turkish army and fought in the Italo-Turkish War in 1911.

Trivia

His second name, Kemal, means 'Perfection of Maturity" and his surname "Ataturk" means "Father of the Turks".

Family Life

He adopted thirteen children and married his wife Latife Ussaki in 1923.

Associated With

During Adolf Hitler's control of the Rhineland, Ataturk was able to gain control over waterways known as the Straits.

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