Known to his people variously as The Supreme Leader, the Dear Leader, Our Father, the General, Lodestar of the 21st Century or Eternal President, Kim Jong-il has been credited with a mind-boggling series of achievements.
* Even before his birth, the future leader of North Korea was triggering miracles. Official biographers say his birth in a cabin on the slopes of Baekdu Mountain in February 1942 was foretold by a swallow and heralded by a double rainbow. When he was born, a new star appeared in the night sky.
* The first time he picked up a golf club, in 1994, Kim reportedly shot a 38-under par round on North Korea's only golf course, including 11 holes-in-one. He then decided to retire from the sport for ever.
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N.Korean Regime Intensifies 'Reign of Terror' -- Chosun ilbo
North Korea prepares for annual flowery tribute to its 'Dear Leader' -- The Telegraph
N.Korea Revamps Party Rules to Easy Hereditary Succession -- Chosun Ilbo
Power Shift Detailed in North Korean Party Charter -- Voice of America
Kim Jong-il's Oldest Son Slams Hawks in the N.Korean Regime -- Chosun Ilbo
Kim Jong-il 'opposed succession' -- The Independent
Furry Hat Offers Clues to Progress of N.Korean Succession -- Chosun Ilbo
North Korea: where a hat is not just a hat -- Christian Science Monitor
Analysis: North Korea's bizarre personality cult and why it has worked – so far -- The Telegraph
My Comment: Thank God I do not live there.