Revolution and reaction in Latin America


1910 The Mexican Revolution is the first major social revolution of the 20th century.

1952 The National Revolutionary Movement (MNR) takes power in Bolivia.

1954 A military junta is installed in Guatemala in a coup organized by the CIA.


September 11, 1973 Salvador Allende, president of Chile, dies during a coup led by army chief Augusto Pinochet.

1981 The US suspends aid to Nicaragua and supports fighters known as Contras, in an attempt to overthrow the left-wing Sandinistas.

On April 15, 1961, a force of Cuban exiles began an invasion of Cuba to try to topple Fidel Castro’s left-wing ...

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