Muammar al-Qaddafi seized control of the Libyan government in 1969 and ruled as an authoritarian dictator for more than 40 years before he was overthrown in 2011. (...) In addition to his destructive rule at home, Qaddafi was despised by much of the international community. His government was implicated in the financing of many anti-Western groups around the world, including some terror plots. (...) After more than four decades in power, Qaddafi's downfall happened in less than a year. (...) By the end of February 2011, the opposition had gained control over much of the country, and the rebels formed a governing body called the National Transitional Council. (...) On October 20, 2011, Libyan officials announced that Muammar al-Qaddafi had died near his hometown of Sirte (...) As news of the former dictator's death spread, Libyans poured into the streets, celebrating the what many hailed as the culmination of their revolution.