Augusto Pinochet

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Birthday
25, 1915
Birthplace
Valparaiso, Chile
Death Date
Dec 10, 2006 (91)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
25, 1915
Birthplace
Valparaiso, Chile
Death Date
Dec 10, 2006 (91)

About

Leader of the military junta that overthrew Chile's government in 1973 and came to govern the nation with an iron fist until 1990. He moved the Chilean economy towards the free market and privatized hundred of state-controlled industries.

Before Fame

He ran a communist-eradication program in Chile, leading the army on massive crackdowns on political offenders real and imagined.

Trivia

He was arrested in 1998 in England on human rights charges, and the case stirred worldwide controversy, though Pinochet was already in frail health.

Family Life

He had two sons and three daughters with his wife Maria Lucía Hiriart Rodríguez.

Associated With

In 2003 then-Secretary of State Colin Powell called the American support for Pinochet a moment in American history he is not proud of.