Today in Latin American History
200,000 Protestors Demanded Hugo Chavez Step Down in 2002
Photo: Hugo Chavez
The protests resulted in 19 being killed, and the Minister of Defense Gral. Lucas Rincon announced Hugo Chávez resignation on national TV.
President Chávez was ousted from office for 47 hours, being restored by a combination of military loyalists and massive public support for his government. Chávez was initially detained by members of the military and Pedro Carmona, who was declared as the interim president.
Chávez had asserted numerous times that U.S. government officials knew about plans for a coup, approved of them and assumed they would be successful.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Mexican Francisco González Bocanegra who wrote the National Anthem’s lyrics died in 1861
- Today in LatAm history, Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera who is regarded as an important Latin American composer was born in 1916
- Today in LatAm history, Venezuelan baseball player Kelvim Escobar who pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays was born in 1976
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio who is a Victoria’s Secret Angel was born in 1981
- Today in LatAm history, Mexican actress Dolores del Río who was the first Mexican actress with International appeal died in 1983