Mikhail Gorbachev

On March 11, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB002003" title="Mikhail S Gorbachev" href="/topic/entertainment/mikhail-s-gorbachev-PECLB002003.topic">Mikhail Gorbachev</a> was elected general secretary of the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORGOV0000117" title="Communist Party of China" href="/topic/politics-government/government/communist-party-of-china-ORGOV0000117.topic">Communist Party</a> of the Soviet Union, a post he would have for six years. This period also saw him become the empire's executive president, win the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="8006070" title="Nobel Prize Awards" href="/topic/arts-culture/nobel-prize-awards-8006070.topic">Nobel Peace Prize</a> and, just as important, depicted as a puppet in <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB0004953" title="Genesis (music group)" href="/topic/entertainment/music/genesis-%28music-group%29-PECLB0004953.topic">Genesis</a>' "Land of Confusion" video.

( AFP/Getty Images / November 21, 1985 )

On March 11, Mikhail Gorbachev was elected general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, a post he would have for six years. This period also saw him become the empire's executive president, win the Nobel Peace Prize and, just as important, depicted as a puppet in Genesis' "Land of Confusion" video.

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