These children grew up to be people who changed the world enormously. The question must be asked, are villains and heroes born or made? Did fate have a role in the lives of these children? Did they know they were destined for fame and infamy? What events in their young lives influenced what was to come?
Fidel Castro, pictured at 14, was a Cuban communist revolutionary and politician who governed the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008. All That Is Interesting Hermann Göring, pictured at 14, was a German political and military leader as well as one of the most powerful figures in the Nazi Party. He achieved the rank of Reichsmarschall, the highest position in the German armed forces. He was second in line to replace Hitler. All that Is Interesting Hugo Chavez (right) was a Venezuelan politician and revolutionary who served as the President of Venezuela from 1999 to 2013. All That Is Interesting Josef Mengele was a German Schutzstaffel (SS) officer and physician in Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. Mengele was a member of the team of doctors responsible for the selection of victims to be killed in the gas chambers and for performing deadly human experiments on prisoners. All That Is Interesting Nicolae Ceausescu was a Romanian Communist politician. He was general secretary of the Romanian Communist Party from 1965 to 1989, and hence the second and last Communist leader of Romania. All That Is Interesting Richard Nixon, pictured at 14, was the 37th President of the United States from 1969 until 1974, when he resigned from office, the only U.S. president to do so. He had previously served as the 36th Vice President of the United States from 1953-1961. All That Is Interesting Francisco Franco, right, was a Spanish general who ruled over Spain as a military dictator from 1939 until his death in 1975. All That Is Interesting Joseph Stalin, pictured at 13, was a Georgian-born Soviet revolutionary and political leader. Governing the Soviet Union as its dictator from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953, he served as General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1952 and as Premier of the Soviet Union from 1941 to 1953. All That Is Interesting Kim Jong-un is the Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) and has been the Supreme Leader of North Korea since 2011. All That Is Interesting Saddam Hussein was President of Iraq from 16 July 1979 until 9 April 2003. In 2003, a coalition led by the U.S. invaded Iraq to depose Saddam, in which U.S. President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair accused him of possessing weapons of mass destruction and having ties to al-Qaeda. All That Is Interesting Benito Mussolini, pictured age 14, was an Italian politician, journalist, and leader of the National Fascist Party (Partito Nazionale Fascista; PNF), ruling the country as Prime Minister from 1922 to 1943—constitutionally until 1925, when he dropped all pretense of democracy and set up a legal dictatorship. All That Is Interesting Adolf Hitler was a German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei; NSDAP), Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer (Leader) of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. All That Is Interesting Vladimir Putin, here 7 or 8, is a Russian statesman and the current President of Russia since 7 May 2012, previously holding the position from 2000 until 2008. All That Is Interesting Osama Bin Laden was the founder of al-Qaeda, the organization that was responsible for the September 11 attacks on the United States, along with numerous other mass-casualty attacks worldwide. All That Is Interesting Bashar Al-Assad is the 19th and current President of Syria, holding the office since 17 July 2000. He is also commander-in-chief of the Syrian Armed Forces, General Secretary of the ruling Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party and Regional Secretary of the party’s branch in Syria. All That Is Interesting