1918 – Born on July 17th in Barberena, in the department of Santa Rosa. Guatemalan general and politician.
– A colonel in the army, he was elected in an electoral process generally considered "non-transparent" on a platform promising a crackdown on law-and-order issues; his vice president was Eduardo Cáceres Lehnoff.
1970 – He ran for president with the ultraconservative National Liberation Movement and, once elected, expanded government efforts to bring armed rebels under control while also persecuting student radicals, workers’ groups, and political opponents.
– He became the president of Guatemala on July 1st.
1974 – He also served as the ambassador to Nicaragua.
2003 – Died on December 6th at the age of 85 in Guatemala City.