This Day in History

Oct. 24, 1970: Salvador Allende Became President of Chile

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

On Oct. 24, 1970, Salvador Allende became president of Chile, despite attempts by the United States government to prevent his election.

Salvador Allende | Zinn Education Project

By James N. Wallace, U.S. News & World Report Magazine/Library of Congress.

Allende immediately began to nationalize large-scale industries (notably U.S. copper mining and banking), expand access to health care and education, offer free milk for children, redistribute large land holdings, raise the minimum wage, support public work projects and public arts, and promote widespread voter participation.

Once elected, the CIA sponsored a kidnap attempt. Within three years, the CIA funded a coup that led to Allende’s death and the brutal dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet.

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