Today in Latin American History
Chilean President Augusto Pinochet was Defeated in a Re-Election Attempt in 1988
Photo: Augusto Pinochet
Today in Latin American history, Chilean President Augusto Pinochet was defeated in his re-election attempt in 1988.
The election was a national referendum held to determine whether de facto leader Augusto Pinochet should extend his rule for another eight years.
The “No” side won with 55.99% of the vote, ending Pinochet’s 16½ years in power.
Pinochet complied, so the ensuing Constitutional process led to presidential and legislative elections the following year.
Pinochet took power on September 11, 1973 until March 11, 1990.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Mexican composer & conductor of classical music Silvestre Revueltas died in 1940
- Today in LatAm history, former President of Argentina Eduardo Duhalde who was in office 2002-03 was born in 1941
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian footballer Careca who played for the National team & S.S.C. Napoli was born in 1960
- Today in LatAm history, Argentine footballer Mauricio Pellegrino who played for & managed Valenciac CF was born in 1971
- Today in LatAm history, a terrorist attack against a Military Regiment in Argentina took place during Operation Primicia in 1975
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian director Humberto Mauro who was influential in early Brazilian cinema died in 1983