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Barco Vargas, Virgilio

Born: 1921 AD
Died: 1997 AD

1921 – Virgilio Barco Vargas was born 17th of September in Cúcuta, Norte de Santander Department, in north-eastern Colombia.

1940 – Vargas exile in the United States because of violence between liberals and conservatives.

1943 – He entered politics when he became a liberal party city council member in the town of Durania.

1945-1946 – Virgilio Barco Vargas served as acting Colombian communications minister.

1954 – Barco returned to Colombia to help negotiate the peace process.

1958-1961 – He served as Colombian public works minister.

1958 – Barco became a member of the Senate, the upper house of Congress.

         – Vargas graduated of Civil Engineer from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

1961 – He served as Ambassador to Britain.

1963-1964 – He served as Colombian agriculture minister.

1964 – Barco was elected mayor of Colombia’s capital, Bogotá.

1964 – Virgilio Barco Vargas became the Colombian finance minister.

1974 – He became a director of the World Bank.

1977 – Barco then briefly served as ambassador to the United States.

1986 – Barco was elected president of Colombia.

1990-1992 – Barco served again as Ambassador to Britain.

1997 – Virgilio Barco Vargas died in Bogotá in May 20, 1997.