Salvador Allende

Marxist and President of Chile Salvador Allende Full Name: Salvador Allende [Salvador Guillermo Allende Gossens]


Profession: Marxist and President of Chile
Why Famous: Physician and politician, Allende was inaugurated in 1970 as Chile's first socialist president and sought to restructure Chilean society along socialist lines while maintaining a democratic form of government.

He committed suspected suicide in 1973 after his government was overthrown in a military coup led by general and future dictator Augusto Pinochet.

Born: July 26, 1908
Birthplace: Valparaíso, Chile
Star Sign: Leo

Died: September 11, 1973 (aged 65)
Cause of Death: Widely believed to have committed suicide by shooting himself during the military takeover of power in Chile although rumors he was assassinated by the military persist.

Historical Events in the Life of Salvador Allende

  • 1970-09-04 Marxist Salvador Allende wins a narrow plurality of votes in Chile's presidential election
  • 1970-10-24 Marxist Salvador Allende elected President of Chile by the Chilean Congress
  • 1970-11-03 Marxist Salvador Allende inaugurated as President of Chile
  • 1972-06-17 Chilean President Salvador Allende forms a new socialist government
  • 1973-09-11 Chilean President Salvador Allende is deposed in a military coup led by general Augusto Pinochet

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