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Today in Latin American History

A Coup d’Etat in Chile Headed by Gen. Augusto Pinochet Took Place in 1973

A Coup d’Etat in Chile Headed by Gen. Augusto Pinochet Took Place in 1973

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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.

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