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On this day June 20, 1973

Snipers fired into a crowd of Peronists near the Ezeiza Airport in Buenos Aires, killing at least 13 people and injuring 365 others.ezeiza

The massacre took place on June 20, 1973 near the Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Peronist masses, including many young people, had gathered there to acclaim Juan Perón’s definitive return from an 18-year exile in Spain.

The police counted three and a half million people. In his plane, Perón was accompanied by El Tío (“Uncle”) president Héctor Cámpora, representantive of the Peronists’ left wing, who had come to power on May 25, 1973, amid popular euphoria and a period of political turmoil. Héctor Cámpora was opposed to the Peronist right wing, declaring during his first speech that “the spilled blood will not be negotiated”. Read More…

On this day May 2, 1982

HMS Conqueror launched three torpedoes and sank ARA General Belgrano, the only ship ever to have been sunk by a nuclear-powered submarine.

The Belgrano sinking after being struck by torpedoes

The Belgrano sinking

The ARA General Belgrano was an Argentine Navy cruiser sunk in a controversial incident during the Falklands War with the loss of 323 lives.

Losses from the Belgrano totalled just over half of Argentine deaths in the Falklands conflict.

She is the only ship ever to have been sunk by a nuclear-powered submarine and only the second sunk by any type of submarine since World War II. The Royal Navy submarine used three Mk 8 mod 4 torpedoes. Read More…

Nuclear Security Summit

President Barack Obama open the 47-nation Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.  The president says he wants new commitments to secure weapons-grade plutonium and uranium to prevent nuclear terrorism.

With concerns about the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea a major backdrop to the conference, this is the biggest U.S.-sponsored gathering of world leaders in more than 60 years.

The New START treaty was signed on April 8, 2010 in Prague by U.S. President Obama and Russian President Medvedev and Iran will hold the Tehran International Conference on Disarmament and Non- Proliferation, 2010, announced on April 4, 2010 and to be held April 17–18, 2010.

The Summit is the largest gathering of heads of state called by a United States president since the 1945 United Nations Conference on International Organization. Delegations from forty-six governments plus the United States are attending, thirty-eight of which are represented by heads of state or government. Read More…

On this day February 24, 1946

Colonel Juan Perón, founder of the political movement that became known as Peronism, was elected to his first term as President of Argentina.

Juan Perón

Juan Perón

Peronism is an Argentine political movement based on the ideas and programs associated with former President Juan Perón and his second wife Eva Perón,

Perón’s admiration for Mussolini is well documented. Many scholars categorize Peronism as a fascist ideology. Carlos Fayt believes that Peronism was just “an Argentine implementation of Italian fascism“.

Hayes reaches the conclusion that “the Peronist movement produced a form of fascism that was distinctively Latin American”. The personality cult of Eva Perón, in particular, was fondly conserved, while at the contrary strongly despised by the “national bourgeoisie”.

On this day December 19, 2001

Riots erupt in Buenos Aires after Domingo Cavallo’s corralito measures restrict the withdrawal of cash from bank deposits.

The riots were a predominantly middle-class uprising against the government of President Fernando de la Rúa, who had failed to contain the economic crisis that was going through its third year of recession. Read More…

On this day August 18, 1848

Camila O’Gorman and Ladislao Gutierrez are executed on the orders of Argentine dictator Juan Manuel de Rosas.

Camila O'Gorman

Camila O'Gorman

Her execution during the last stages of pregnancy caused an international uproar and contributed to the political demise of Argentine dictator Juan Manuel de Rosas.

In 1847 Camila and Fr. Gutiérrez eloped on horseback and found refuge in Corrientes Province, which was then under the control of a Leftist warlord hostile to the regime of Juan Manuel de Rosas.

As the scandal broke, the supporters of Rosas suggested that she had been kidnapped. Rosas’ exiled political opponents, including future President Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, declared that Rosas’ tyranny was responsible for the moral corruption of Argentine womanhood. Read More…

Swine flu deaths reported in Argentina

The first deaths from Swine flu in Argentina have been reported. To-date there have been a total of four deaths tied to the disease. The first was a baby girl aged three-months. According to a report from the government’s health ministry, she died in a Buenos Aires hospital, having been there since earlier in June.

Stained microscope picture of Swine flu

Stained microscope picture of Swine flu

The Argentinian health ministry announced an additional 89 cases confirmed on Monday, bringing the total in the country to 733. As winter begins in the southern hemisphere, health officials believe that the virus will spread in the area.

The second person to die from the virus in Argentina was a 28-year-old man who had been receiving care after a bone marrow transplant. “He was a very severely immune-depressed patient. When a person gets a transplant, you have to depress his defense system, and so he is more vulnerable to agents that can cause illnesses,” said health official Claudio Zin. Read More…