Icons of the 1980s

Ferdinand Edralin Marcos
September 11, 1917
'80s Claim to Fame:
Dictator of the Philippines

Ferdinand Marcos rose from humble beginnings, through the Philippine Congress, to become president of the Philippines in 1965. He was re-elected in 1969. In 1972, battling civil strife from Muslim and communist insergents, he suspended the constitution, declared martial law, and became a dictator.

Marcos allowed elections in 1986. He claimed victory over Corazon Aquino but was forced out of office by a popular uprising. He was eventually forced to leave the county and he and his wife fled to Hawaii. .

See also:
Imelda Marcos, Corazon Aquino

Related links:
Imelda , Philippines