This Day in History

Sept. 11, 1973: U.S.-Backed Coup in Chile

Time Periods: 1961
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 led to the death of 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!