Napoleon Bonaparte, (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) later known as Napoleon I, was a French military and political leader who had a significant impact on the history of Europe. He was a general during the French Revolution, the ruler of France as First Consul of the French Republic and Emperor of the First French Empire.
His lofty aspirations of ridding Monarchs from the European landscape was spoiled when he proclaimed himself Emperor, thus embracing the power he had sought to destroy. (Not to mention appointing his brother King of Italy...So it goes. Even Beethoven, who had dedicated a concerto and the Eroica Symphony to Napoleon, took that away.)
Birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte
Interesting fact: If he would have been born a year earlier, Napoleon would have been Italian. (Italy had control over Corsica up until 1768)