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Gamal Abdel Nasser Hussein was born in 1918 in Alexandria. In 1938, Nasser graduated school and joined the Egyptian Army fighting against the British. In 1948, however, Nasser was wounded in action. In the next four years, he killed King Farouk, who ruled over Egypt at the time. Then a man named Naguib became prime minister of Egypt until Nasser killed him as well and named himself ruler of Egypt.
The Egyptians enjoyed having Nasser as their king, and loved the changes he made to their country, such as making Egypt a socialist Arab state.
Nasser was president when Britain, Israel and France led a joint attack against Egypt. He also helped fight with Yemen on behalf of the anti-royalists.
In 1967, Israel led an attack on Egypt. Egypt was defeated, and Nasser resigned and Zakaria Mohieddin was his successor.
Nasser died of a heart attack on September 28, 1970.