This Day in History

Sept. 11, 1973: Salvador Allende Killed

Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Imperialism, Latinx, US Foreign Policy, World History/Global Studies

On Sept. 11, 1973 a U.S.-backed coup in Chile led by General Augusto Pinochet ousted and killed Chile’s democratically elected president, Salvador Allende. What followed was a brutal, 17 year dictatorship by Pinochet.

Salvador Allende.

Listen to author Ariel Dorfman describe those events in a Democracy Now! interview and an interview with an Allende advisor.

Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Santiago, Chile.

For more 9/11 anniversaries, watch “A Fateful Day: 9/11 Also Marks Important Anniversaries in India, Guatemala, Haiti and Attica, NY” on Democracy Now!