Facts about the Libyan dictator who was killed Thursday.
5 things to know about Moammar Gadhafi:
1. Gadhafi was born June 7, 1942 in Sirte, Libya, which was then Italian Libya.
2. He had eight children by two wives and was said to have adopted two other children.
3. Gadhafi seized power on Sept. 1, 1969, in a bloodless coup, deposing King Idris when he was out of the country. Gadhafi was a junior military officer at the time, and he soon anointed himself colonel and eventually the “king of kings.”
4. Gadhafi’s rule came to an end earlier this year after an uprising in Libya (considered part of the Arab Spring), and the subsequent NATO-rebel campaign. Gadhafi’s 42-year reign made him the longest-ruling Arab leader.
5. Gadhafi and Libya became a target for the U.S. in the 1980s after Gadhafi had turned to sponsoring terrorism. President Ronald Reagan famously called Gadhafi the “mad dog of the Middle East,” and he had ties to a bombing in West Berlin and the Lockerbie bombing, among other terrorist acts.
Sources: CNN, New York Times, other media reports