Rojas Pinilla, Gustavo
Born: Mar 12, 1900 AD
Died: 1975 AD, at 74 years of age.
1900 - Born on March 12th in Tunja, Colombia. A professional soldier and dictator of Colombia whose corrupt and authoritarian regime converted his nationwide popularity into united national hostility.
1920 - Graduated from the Colombian Military Academy.
1924-1933 - Rojas Pinilla earned a civil engineering degree in the United States while on inactive military status.
1948 - He also played a role in suppressing the riots that followed the assassination of the left-wing leader Jorge Eliécer Gaitán in April.
1951-1952 - He then rose rapidly in the army to the rank of lieutenant general, represented Colombia at several international conferences, and was a member of the Inter-American Defense Board.
1953 - After the brutal and authoritarian regime of President Laureano Gómez, the Colombian people welcomed the seizure of power by Rojas Pinilla.
1957 - Appointed a military junta to rule in his place, he left for the United States in May.
1958-1959 - When he returned to Colombia in October, he was impeached, and in April he lost his civil rights.
1962 - He re-entered politics and won 2.5 percent of the votes for president.
1967-1970 - A Colombian court ruled that he could not be deprived of his civil rights, and he ran again for president.
1975 - Died on January 17th in Bogota.
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