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Rafael Trujillo

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The Resume

    (October 24, 1891-May 30, 1961)
    Born in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic
    President of the Dominican Republic (1930-38,1940-52)
    Even after leaving the presidency, held absolute power over the country until his death
    Assassinated in an ambush

Why he might be annoying:

    He divorced his pregnant wife to marry his mistress.
    Government officials were required to 'donate' ten percent of their salaries to his political party.
    He ordered the massacre of tens of thousands of Haitians living in his country.
    Behind his back, he was called 'Chapitas' ('Bottlecaps') for the excessive number of medals he wore.
    He had the capital renamed Cuidad Trujillo, named the highest mountain Pico Trujillo and ordered churches to post the slogan 'God in Heaven, Trujillo on Earth.'
    He tried to assassinate Venezuelan President Ronulo Betancourt with a car bomb.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He was praised for efficiently rebuilding the capital after a destructive hurricane (1930).
    During the years before World War II, he accepted Jewish refugees from Europe and exiles from the Spanish Civil War.
    The CIA provided his opponents some of the weapons used in the assassination.
    When he was ambushed, he got out of his limo to exchange gunfire with his assassins.

Credit: C. Fishel

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Year In Review:

    For 2021, as of last week, Out of 2 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 16 Votes: 93.75% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 24 Votes: 62.50% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 36 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 28 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 9 Votes: 55.56% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 14 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 12 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 28 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 19 Votes: 52.63% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 13 Votes: 69.23% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 49 Votes: 83.67% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 125 Votes: 68.80% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 69 Votes: 71.01% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 51 Votes: 78.43% Annoying