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Pope John Paul II elected.

On October 16th, 1978, Cardinal Karol Jozef Wojtyla became Pope John Paul II. The election of a Polish Pope had ramifications both for the Polish dictatorship in Poland and for the Soviet leaders in The Kremlin; General Secretary Leonid Breshnev and Prime Minister Aleksei Kosygin.