George Washington is elected America's first president, the Symbionese Liberation Army kidnaps Patty Hearst, Fleetwood Mac releases "Rumours," and Facebook is launched, all on this day.
1992: Hugo Chávez leads the Revolutionary Bolivarian Movement-200 in an unsuccessful coup d'état against Venezuelan President Carlos Andrés Pérez. Chavez was imprisoned for the coup attempt. When he was released after two years, he founded a social democratic political party, the Fifth Republic Movement, and was elected president of Venezuela in 1998, a position he held until his death on March 5, 2013.
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