Josip Broz "Tito"

Born 7 May, 1892: Kumrovec, Croatia, Austro-Hungarian Empire. Josip Broz started out learning a trade as a skilled machinist. He was drafted into the Austro-Hungarian Army shortly before WW I and in fighting against the  Imperial Russian Army was both promoted, becoming at one point the youngest Sergeant-Major in the Austro-Hungarian Army, and cited for bravery. But he was captured before the medal could be awarded and ended up in a Prisoner of War camp deep in Russia. When Imperial Russia fell apart, Josip Broz joined the Bolsheviks and before returning to his homeland, now in the nation of Yugoslavia, had become a Communist Agent. He earned Stalin's trust and after another long visit to the Soviet Union, in 1936, was sent back to Yugoslavia to carry out Stalin's great purge as it related to the Yugoslav Communist Party.
In 1937, by Josef Stalin's order, Josip Broz was appointed the General-Secretary of the Yugoslav Communist Party. After the Axis Powers occupied Yugoslavia in 1941, Josip Broz made himself the military chief of the Communist, anti-Fascist resistance. It was during the war that Josip Broz started using the name "Tito".
At the end of the War, Tito was universally acknowledged as the Allied, and particularly Stalin's, approved leader of the restored Yugoslavia. However the post-war Tito soon proved to be too independent for Stalin's liking and in 1948 the split became public. Yugoslavia was expelled from the Cominform, "Titoists" in other Socialist countries were purged and Stalin tried to have Tito assassinated several times.
But Tito was not ready to embrace Western Democracy and a free market economy either and so Yugoslavia under Tito became the prototype of the country "non-aligned" with either of the power blocs, the 'West' and the 'East'.  Along with, India's Jawaharlal Nehru, Indonesia's Sukarno, Egypt's Gamel Adbel Nasser and Ghana's Kwame Nkrumah, he founded the Non-Aligned Bloc. And in 1961, Josip Broz Tito became the first Secretary-General of the Non-Aligned Movement.
After Stalin's death and now recognizing the stature Tito was gaining in the world, the Soviet Union offered to normalize relations with Yugoslavia, but initially Tito rejected the offer. However in 1955, the new leaders of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev and Nikolai Bulganin visited Yugoslavia and apologized to Tito for Stalin's actions. In 1956, Tito paid a return visit to the Soviet Union and visited there several more times. When he was in Riga, Tito was put up in the Benjamin House.
Josip Broz Tito died in a hospital in Ljubljana on 4 May 1980 and his State Funeral was attended by the largest number of National Delegations in history to that date.