Today in Latin American History
A Coup d’Etat in Chile Headed by Gen. Augusto Pinochet Took Place in 1973
Photo: Bombing of La Moneda
Today in Latin American history, a coup d’etat in Chile headed by General Augusto Pinochet took place in 1973.
Following an extended period of social and political unrest between the conservative-dominated Congress of Chile and the elected socialist President Salvador Allende, Allende was overthrown in a coup d’état.
The U.S.-backed junta was composed of the heads of the Air Force, Navy, Carabineros (police force) and the Army, though Augusto Pinochet eventually arose to supreme power within a year after the coup, formally assuming the presidency in late 1974.
Pinochet remained in power until 1990.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Santiago, Chile was destroyed by indigenous warriors, led by Michimalonco in 1541
- Today in LatAm history, Spanish surrender at Tampico was the final consummation of Mexican independence in 1829
- Today in LatAm history, the State of Buenos Aires seceded from the Argentine Federal government in 1852
- Today in LatAm history, former President of Argentina Domingo Faustino Sarmiento who was in office 1868-74 died in 1888
- Today in LatAm history, Argentine rugby player Hugo Porta who played for the National team & Banco Nacion Rugby was born in 1951
- Today in LatAm history, former President of Chile Salvador Allende committed suicide after Pinochet’s coup in 1973
- Today in LatAm history, Chilean footballer David Pizarro who played for the National team & Fiorentina was born in 1979
- Today in LatAm history, voters approved a new Constitution of Chile during the Pinochet regime in 1980