Today in 1973, General Augusto Pinochet, aided by the US government through its Central Intelligence Agency, staged a brutal coup de etat against the elected socialist head of state, Salvador Allende. Allende committed suicide.
''This is the last time I shall be able to speak to you ... I shall not resign ... I will repay with my life the loyalty of the people ... I say to you: I am certain that the seeds we have sown in the conscience of thousands and thousands of Chileans cannot be completely eradicated ... neither crime nor force are strong enough to hold back the process of social change. History belongs to us, because it is made by the people'