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this day in the yesteryear: Brazil Becomes a Republic (1889)


Brazil Becomes a Republic (1889)

In 1889, discontented Brazilian militarists staged a coup and exiled Emperor Pedro II. Marshal Deodoro da Fonseca, leader of the revolutionaries, led the provisional government that established the republic and became president. Although Brazil was flourishing financially thanks to coffee and wild rubber exports, its political situation remained uneasy. Faced with growing opposition, Fonseca dissolved Congress in 1891 and was forced to resign. What was Brazil’s official name during this period? More… Discuss

This Day in the Yesteryear: FORCED RESIGNATION PROMPTS BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT TO TAKE HIS OWN LIFE (1954)


Forced Resignation Prompts Brazilian President to Take His Own Life (1954)

President Getúlio Vargas led Brazil for 18 years, holding power from 1930 to 1945 and 1951 to 1954. Though defeated in the presidential election of 1930, he led a successful revolt that gained him the presidency. Vargas then set up the totalitarian Estado Novo—”New State”—but was overthrown in a coup d’état in 1945. He regained the presidency six years later but committed suicide under threat of impeachment as his popularity dwindled. What were the last words in his suicide noteMore… Discuss