Orlando Letelier

1932 - 1976

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Marcos Orlando Letelier del Solar (13 April 1932 – 21 September 1976) was a Chilean economist, politician and diplomat during the presidency of Salvador Allende. A refugee from the military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet, Letelier accepted several academic positions in Washington, D.C. following his exile from Chile. In 1976, agents of Dirección de Inteligencia Nacional (DINA), the Pinochet regime's secret police, assassinated Letelier in Washington via the use of a car bomb. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Orlando Letelier has received more than 301,850 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Orlando Letelier is the 7,264th most popular politician (up from 7,763rd in 2019), the 31st most popular biography from Chile (up from 36th in 2019) and the 12th most popular Chilean Politician.

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Among politicians, Orlando Letelier ranks 7,264 out of 15,710Before him are Ramón de Cardona, Khentkaus I, Mitja Ribičič, Chaka of Bulgaria, Alcetas I of Macedon, and Norodom Ranariddh. After him are Khamudi, Dervan, Goharshad Begum, Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este, Catherine of Bohemia, and Helena Lekapene.

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Among people born in 1932, Orlando Letelier ranks 143Before him are Marisa Pavan, Félix Malloum, Joseph Zen, Bob Pettit, Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, and Eero Aarnio. After him are John Hillerman, Joel Grey, Jerzy Hoffman, Ieng Thirith, Spyros Kyprianou, and Zózimo. Among people deceased in 1976, Orlando Letelier ranks 79Before him are Alexander Lippisch, Freddie King, Adolph Zukor, Gregor Piatigorsky, Hans von Obstfelder, and Paul Robeson. After him are Paul Morand, Wilder Penfield, Paul Strand, Howlin' Wolf, Zhang Wentian, and Tommy Bolin.

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Among people born in Chile, Orlando Letelier ranks 31 out of 225Before him are Raúl Ruiz (1941), Humberto Maturana (1928), Jorge Medina (1926), Roberto Matta (1911), Nicanor Parra (1914), and Jorge Alessandri (1896). After him are Arturo Vidal (1987), Francisco Varela (1946), Gabriel González Videla (1898), Antonio Skármeta (1940), Sergio Badilla Castillo (1947), and Patricio Guzmán (1941).


Among politicians born in Chile, Orlando Letelier ranks 12Before him are Patricio Aylwin (1918), Eduardo Frei Montalva (1911), Ricardo Lagos (1938), Luis Corvalán (1916), Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle (1942), and Jorge Alessandri (1896). After him are Gabriel González Videla (1898), Carlos Ibáñez del Campo (1877), Arturo Alessandri (1868), José Manuel Balmaceda (1840), Pedro Aguirre Cerda (1879), and José Miguel Carrera (1785).