- NAME: Salvador Allende
- OCCUPATION: World Leader
- BIRTH DATE: July 26, 1908
- DEATH DATE: September 11, 1973
- Did You Know?: Salvador Allende took his life with a gun given to him by Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
- EDUCATION: University of Chile
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Valparaíso, Chile
- PLACE OF DEATH: Santiago, Chile
- Full Name: Salvador Isabelino del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús Allende Gossens
- AKA: Salvador Allende Gossens
- AKA: Salvador Allende
- AKA: Salvador Isabelino del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús Allende Gossens
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Salvador Allende became Chile's first socialist president in 1970 before committing suicide during a 1973 military coup.
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During the siege, a large number of civilians were killed or wounded and many were imprisoned.
There were conflicting reports regarding whether Allende committed suicide or was killed by soldiers storming the palace after it was attacked by the Chilean Air Force. Allegations that the CIA instigated the coup are unfounded, though later the CIA acknowledged its support of the political opposition and advance knowledge of the coup. In 2011, Allende's body was exhumed,
and a scientific autopsy confirmed he had died by suicide.
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