from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Allende Gossens, Salvador 1908-1973. Chilean politician who as president (1970-1973) was considered the first democratically elected Marxist head of government. He was killed in a coup d'état.
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Hence the frequency of un-Spanish names in Chilean public affairs, starting with the liberator O'Higgins: Frei, Tomic, Perez Zujovic in the DC, Allende Gossens, Toha among the Socialists, Chonchol in MAPU, Teitelboim in the CP, Schneider and Viaux in the army.
After the parliamentary elections of March 1957 the "Congress of Unit" was carried to power, formed from the Popular Socialist Party directed by Rául Ampuero and the Socialist Party of Chile of Salvador, directed by Allende Gossens.
A teacher, and eventually university professor of history and geography, she met Salvador Allende Gossens while they were both involved in a campaign to help the victims of a major earthquake in southern Chile in January 1939 which left around
- of a long and proud tradition of constitutional rule that had been the norm throughout most of the 140 years prior to 1973, when a right-wing military coup overthrew the democratically elected but militantly Marxist government of President Salvador Allende Gossens.
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