Full Name: Hipólito Yrigoyen
Profession: Argentine President
Why Famous: Twice President of Argentina (1916-22, 1928-30), his activism became the prime impetus behind the attainment of universal (male) suffrage in Argentina in 1912.
Known as “the father of the poor,” Yrigoyen presided over a rise in the standard of living of Argentina's working class together with the passage of a number of progressive social reforms, including improvements in factory conditions, regulation of working hours, compulsory pensions, and the introduction of a universally accessible public education system.
On September 6, 1930, Yrigoyen was deposed in a military coup led by General José Félix Uriburu. It was the first military coup since the adoption of the Argentine constitution.
- 1930-09-06 Democratically elected Argentine president Hipólito Yrigoyen is deposed in a military coup.