Year of the Dragon: 10 historical figures born under the Chinese zodiac

US civil rights leader Martin Luther King, displays his Nobel Peace Prize medal on 10 Dec. 1964 in Oslo, Norway. King, born in 1929 just within the Year of the Dragon, was an ambitious champion of the civil rights movement before his assassination in 1968, with the Dragon's energy and passion.</p>

US civil rights leader Martin Luther King, displays his Nobel Peace Prize medal on 10 Dec. 1964 in Oslo, Norway. King, born in 1929 just within the Year of the Dragon, was an ambitious champion of the civil rights movement before his assassination in 1968, with the Dragon's energy and passion.

With the year of the Rabbit scampering down its hole and the year of the Dragon rearing its head this weekend, we thought to take time to look at some past and present Dragons through out history.

Known for their passion, intelligence, ambition and energy, people born in the Year of the Dragon — 1988, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012 — are also said to conceited, hot headed, sharp-tongued and fierce tempered if provoked.

One unusual pattern that popped out while making our list was the number of politically volatile subjects; many known for taking, and dishing out, heat while in office, and others for their assassination in the pursuit of their ambitions.