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Noted an On this day in history,

For December 25, 1991.

In 1991, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev went on television to announce his resignation as the eighth and final leader of a communist superpower that had already gone out of existence.

Yes.  It was such the case where his job had become irrelevant, and then he quit.  But I’m stuck on the number : he was number 8.

Okay.  Go down the list.

#1:  Vladimir Lenin.
#2: Josef Stalin
#3:  Nikita Khruschev
#4: Leonid Brezhnev
#5: Um?
#6: Er?
#7: Uh?
#8: Mikhail Gorbachev

Sure.  The temporal and instantly unsure nature of # 5 through #8 tells you the nature of the Soviet Union, to those with eyes to see.  Leadership style most associated with that of President William Henry Harrison.  Maybe they were reformers.  Maybe they were stalwarts.  Maybe they lead from behind, maybe they made their presence known.  Maybe they were big picture, maybe they were detail oriented.  But mostly they were just dead pretty quickly.

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