(Chico Harlan )

“Let's add lustre to Kim Jong-Il's undying revolutionary exploits,” the headline read.

North Korea's state-run news agency, KCNA, marked the occasion a different way — by running scrolling images on its front page of the Dear Leader looking at things, as he often did, along with commemorative pins, coins and badges bearing the visage of his face.

The site also posted videos of celebratory synchronized swimmers, children’s marching bands, and figure skaters. See more of the celebrations below:

View Photo Gallery: The North Korean leader, who died in December, would have been 70 on Thursday.

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