Today in Latin American History
Chilean President Montero Resigned & the Socialist Republic of Chile Came to Power in 1932
Photo: Juan Esteban Montero
Today in Latin American history, President Juan Esteban Montero resigned & the Socialist Republic of Chile came to power in 1932.
Colonel Marmaduke Grove staged a coup d’état by taking over the Air Force base of El Bosque, in Santiago, and demanding the resignation of President Montero.
Montero refused to call on the army to put down the coup, and instead chose to resign.
That same night, the victorious revolutionaries organized a Government Junta composed of retired General Arturo Puga, Eugenio Matte and Carlos Davila, with colonel Grove as their minister of Defense. After this episode, Montero retired completely from politics, and went back to private practice and business.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, former President of Peru Fernando Belaúnde Terry who was in office 1963–68 and 1980-85 died in 2002