But, first, you've got to see this black & white video, circa 1960s! See the hustle-and-bustle of the streets of Port-au-Prince and the kinds of cars driven back then! Hear Papa Doc tell how he won his election fairly!
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On This Day: April 22nd
1971: Haitian dictator dies
Haiti's ruler, Francois 'Papa Doc' Duvalier, has die
d after 14 years in power.
President Duvalier, who declared himself 'president for life' in 1964, died at the presidential palace in Port-au-Prince.
He is believed to have been seriously ill for some time - his ailments included prostate cancer, heart trouble and diabetes.
During his time as Haiti's absolute ruler Mr Duvalier, 64, survived at least six assassination attempts.
A doctor by profession, Francois Duvalier was lawfully elected as president in 1956.
He then set about consolidating his power by means of force and playing on the superstitious nature of many Haitians.
He destroyed the power of the Roman Catholic Church by expelling its archbishop in 1969 and encouraging the pagan cult of voodoo.
His safety was ensured by his personal militia, the feared Tontons Macoutes - Haitian slang for "bogeymen".
President Duvalier made sure the Tontons Macoutes vastly outnumbered the Haitian army, reducing the
chance of a successful coup.
He was as superstitious as many of those he ruled and, in later years, would only venture outside the presidential palace on the 22nd of each month.
He believed that on the 22nd he was guarded by his voodoo spirits and organised many significant events of his life for that date.
He was delighted when US President John F Kennedy, on whom he had placed a curse, was assassinated on 22 November 1963 - a fact which enhanced the reputation of his alleged voodoo powers.
President Duvalier is believed to have left orders for his death to be announced on the 22nd although it is thought he may have died several days ago.
He is expected to be succeeded by his son Jean-Claude, known as "Baby Doc".
The 20-year-old student was publicly declared his father's heir last year.