- NAME: Omar Torrijos
- OCCUPATION: General, Political Leader
- BIRTH DATE: February 13, 1929
- DEATH DATE: July 31, 1981
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Santiago de Veragua, Panama
- PLACE OF DEATH: near Penonomé, Panama
- Full Name: Omar Efraín Torrijos Herrera
- AKA: Omar Efraín Torrijos
- AKA: Omar Torrijos
- AKA: Omar Torrijos Herrera
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Omar Torrijos was born on February 13, 1929, in Santiago de Veragua, Panama. He joined the National Guard of Panama and rose to brigadier general. In 1968, he helped overthrow President Arnulfo Arias and Torrijos emerged as a dictator-like leader, a position he held until 1978. In 1977, he signed a treaty with the U.S. to bring the Panama Canal back under Panamanian control. He died in 1981 near Penonomé, Panama.
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