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Pablo Neruda
(Chilean poet)
Pablo Neruda
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Birthdate: July 12, 1904
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Parral, Chile
Died: September 23, 1973

Chilean poet-diplomat and politician, Pablo Neruda, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. He was a versatile writer and his works include surrealist poems, historical epics, political manifestos, and love poems. He is considered the national poet of Chile. As a politician, he served a term as a senator for the Chilean Communist Party and held several diplomatic positions.

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Pedro Pascal
(Actor)
Pedro Pascal
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Birthdate: April 2, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Alexis Sanchez
(Chilean Professional Football Forward)
Alexis Sanchez
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Birthdate: December 19, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tocopilla, Chile

Chilean professional footballer Alexis Sanchez currently plays for Serie A club Inter Milan and the Chile national team. He plays as a forward. He is Chile’s all-time leading goalscorer and helped Chile win the the 2015 Copa América tournament, marking one of the greatest achievements of his career.

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 4 
Arturo Vidal
(Chilean Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Arturo Vidal
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Birthdate: May 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Joaquín, Chile
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Salvador Allende
(28th President of Chile)
Salvador Allende
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Birthdate: June 26, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile
Died: September 11, 1973
Salvador Allende was a physician who later became the Chilean president, this becoming the first Marxist president of a Latin American nation. His policies included nationalization and collectivization. He committed suicide after delivering a farewell speech over radio, to escape General Augusto Pinochet’s coup to oust him from the government.
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Iván Zamorano
(Chilean Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Striker)
Iván Zamorano
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Birthdate: January 18, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Santiago Cabrera
(Chilean-British Actor )
Santiago Cabrera
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Birthdate: May 5, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Alejandro Jodorowsky
(Chilean-Born French Film Director and Screenwriter)
Alejandro Jodorowsky
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Birthdate: February 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tocopilla, Chile

Chilean-French filmmaker and artist, Alejandro Jodorowsky, is best known for his avant-garde films. A multifaceted personality, he is also a novelist, poet, musician, composer, and spiritual guru. His films are filled with surreal images and mysticism. A much-revered figure in international cinema, he is the recipient of the Jack Smith Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF).

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Claudio Bravo
(Chilean Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Goalkeeper)
Claudio Bravo
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Birthdate: April 13, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Viluco, Chile
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 10 
Manuel Pellegrini
(Chilean Professional Football Manager and Former Football Centre-Back)
Manuel Pellegrini
12
Birthdate: September 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile
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Horatio Sanz
(Chilean-born American Comedian and Actor)
Horatio Sanz
5
Birthdate: June 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 12 
José de San Martín
(Military Leader, Politician)
José de San Martín
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Birthdate: February 25, 1778
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yapeyú
Died: August 17, 1850

José de San Martín was an Argentine general who played an important role in the Spanish American wars of independence. San Martín is considered a national hero of Peru and Argentina. The Order of the Liberator General San Martín, the highest honor conferred by the government of Argentina, was created in his honor.

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Nicolás Massú
(Chilean Former Professional Tennis Player)
Nicolás Massú
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Birthdate: October 10, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Viña del Mar, Chile
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Gary Medel
(Chilean Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Centre-Back and a Defensive Midfielder)
Gary Medel
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Birthdate: August 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Sebastian Pinera
(Former Chilean President)
Sebastian Pinera
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Birthdate: December 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Santiago

Chilean president Sebastian Pinera not only boasts of a Harvard doctoral degree but is also a successful businessman, having introduced credit cards to the Chilean public through his company Bancard. His Fundación Futuro works for causes such as energy and water conservation. He is married to his neighbor Cecilia Morel.

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Claudio Arrau
(Pianist)
Claudio Arrau
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Birthdate: February 6, 1903
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chillán, Chile
Died: June 9, 1991
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Roberto Bolaño
(Chilean Writer Best Known for His Award-Winning Novel 'The Savage Detectives')
Roberto Bolaño
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Birthdate: April 28, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile
Died: July 15, 2003

A vagabond who roamed around countries such as Chile, Mexico, and France, author Roberto Bolaño eventually settled in Spain, where he spent his days working odd jobs, such as garbage collection and dishwashing, and wrote at night. He is remembered for his Rómulo Gallegos Prize-winning novel The Savage Detectives.

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Marcelo Salas
(Chilean Former Footballer Who Played as a Striker)
Marcelo Salas
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Birthdate: December 24, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Temuco, Chile
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Orlando Letelier
(Chilean Politician, Economist, and Diplomat)
Orlando Letelier
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Birthdate: April 13, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Temuco
Died: September 21, 1976

Orlando Letelier was a Chilean politician, economist, and diplomat. After his arrest due to his participation in the 1973 Chilean coup d'état, Letelier was exiled from Chile. In 1975, Letelier left for Washington D.C., where he achieved popularity as an economist and teacher. Orlando Letelier was murdered in 1976 by agents of the Dirección de Inteligencia Nacional.

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Mauricio Isla
(Chilean Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Right-Back and Midfielder)
Mauricio Isla
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Birthdate: June 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buin, Chile Buin, Chile
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Fernando González
(Chilean Former Professional Tennis Player)
Fernando González
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Birthdate: July 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Marcelo Ríos
(Chilean Former World No. 1 Tennis Player)
Marcelo Ríos
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Birthdate: December 26, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Sammis Reyes
(Basketball player, American football player)
Sammis Reyes
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Birthdate: October 19, 1995
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Talcahuano, Biobío, Chile
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Mark González
(Chilean Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Midfielder)
Mark González
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Birthdate: July 10, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Durban, South Africa

Mark González is a Chilean retired football player who was chosen to play three Copa América tournaments during his career. He also represented his national team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Renowned for his speed, Mark González helped his national team win their second Copa América Centenario in 2016.

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Elías Figueroa
(Chilean Former Footballer)
Elías Figueroa
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Birthdate: October 25, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Valparaíso, Chile
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Lautaro
(Mapuche War Leader Who Led the Indigenous Chile Resistance Against the Spanish)
Lautaro
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Birthdate: 1534 AD
Birthplace: Treguaco, Chile
Died: April 29, 1557

Lautaro was a Mapuche war leader best remembered for spearheading the indigenous resistance against the conquest of Chile by the Spanish. He led the warriors of Mapuche to a series of triumphs against the Spanish. He was killed at the Battle of Mataquito in his early 20s. Lautaro is credited with developing tactics that were used even after his death.

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Roberto Matta
(Surrealist Painter)
Roberto Matta
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Birthdate: November 11, 1911
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Santiago
Died: November 23, 2002

Legendary Chilean painter Roberto Matta is remembered as a significant figure of the abstract expressionist and surrealist art of the 20th century. The Praemium Imperiale-winning artist had initially studied architecture in Santiago and had then worked for Le Corbusier in Paris. His inscape works were influenced by Freud’s psychoanalysis.

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David Pizarro
(Chilean Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Midfielder)
David Pizarro
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Birthdate: September 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Valparaíso, Chile
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle
(31st President of Chile (1994 - 2000))
Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle
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Birthdate: June 24, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santiago

Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle served as the President of Chile from 1994 to 2000. Under his presidency, poverty in Chile decreased and improvements were made in education and health sectors. An important politician, Frei also served as the President of the Senate of Chile from 2006 to 2008.

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Ariel Dorfman
(Celebrated Argentine-Chilean-American Author and Human Rights Activist)
Ariel Dorfman
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Birthdate: June 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buenos Aires

Argentine-born Chilean-American author Ariel Dorfman has not just served President Salvador Allende as his cultural advisor but has also taught at the University of Chile. During Augusto Pinochet’s rule, he was exiled to the US. His best-known written work is his play Death and the Maiden. He now teaches at Duke University.

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Augusto Pinochet
(Former President of Chile)
Augusto Pinochet
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Birthdate: November 25, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Valparaíso
Died: December 10, 2006
Augusto Pinochet was the president of the Chilean Military Junta from 1973 to 1981. He ousted the elected government of President Salvador Allende through a U.S.-supported coup and became the Chilean President in December 1974. Following this, he persecuted all political opponents and leftists and also advocated for Operation Condor
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Andrés Bello
(An Exemplary Figure in the History of Spanish American Culture Noted for His Work as a Naturalist)
Andrés Bello
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Birthdate: November 29, 1781
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Caracas
Died: October 15, 1865

Regarded as the intellectual father of South America, Venezuelan-Chilean poet Andrés Bello one taught revolutionary leader Simón Bolívar and also inspired the struggle for Venezuelan independence. He established the University of Chile and also penned masterpieces such as Las Silvas Americanas. As a legislator, he inspired the Chilean Civil Code.

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Adan Jodorowsky
(Musician)
Adan Jodorowsky
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Birthdate: October 29, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France

Adan Jodorowsky is a French-Mexican actor, musician, and director. Apart from his work as a musician, Jodorowsky has earned fame as a director, winning critical appreciation and prestigious awards for his 2012 film The Voice Thief. In 2014, the movie was selected by Diane Pernet to compete at the world's first festival about fashion films, ASVOFF.

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Diego Portales
(Former Vice President of Chile (1831 - 1833))
Diego Portales
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Birthdate: June 16, 1793
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile
Died: June 6, 1837

Chilean statesman Diego Portales was one of the most important political figures of the 19th century and is remembered for creating the Constitution of 1833. As a minister of foreign affairs and war, he started a war with the Peru-Bolivia alliance to counter trade competition but was eventually assassinated by rebellious forces.

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Caupolicán
(A Mapuche War Leader Who Died Defending His Land Against Spanish Invaders)
Caupolicán
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Birthplace: Palmaiquen, Chile
Died: 1558 AD

A 16th-century war leader of the Mapuche tribe of Chile, Caupolicán led the resistance against Spanish invaders. Equipped with a disorganized army of tribesmen, he was defeated, imprisoned by Capt. Alonso de Reinoso, and eventually executed. His heroics have been immortalized in the epic poem La Araucana.

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Don Francisco
(Chilean TV Host)
Don Francisco
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Birthdate: December 28, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Talca, Chile
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Roberto Vander
(Dutch-Chilean Singer and Actor)
Roberto Vander
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Birthdate: September 20, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Laren, North Holland, Netherlands
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Cristian Garín
(Chilean Professional Tennis Player)
Cristian Garín
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Birthdate: May 30, 1996
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Arica, Chile
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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DJ Méndez
(Chilean-Swedish DJ, Singer, and Music Producer)
DJ Méndez
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Birthdate: July 21, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Valparaíso, Chile
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Nicolas Jaar
(Chilean-American Recording Artist and Composer)
Nicolas Jaar
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Birthdate: January 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
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Patricio Aylwin
(Chilean Politician, Lawyer, Author, and Professor)
Patricio Aylwin
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Birthdate: November 26, 1918
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Viña del Mar, Chile
Died: April 19, 2016

Patricio Aylwin was a Chilean politician who served as the President of Chile from 1990 to 1994. Aylwin did much to reduce inequality and poverty. Under his presidency, the number of people living in poverty in Chile decreased significantly. He also served as the President of the Senate of Chile from 12 January 1971 to 22 May 1972.  

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Arturo Alessandri Palma
(Former President of Chile Who Served for 3-Terms Between 1920 and 1938)
Arturo Alessandri Palma
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Birthdate: December 20, 1869
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Longavi, Chile
Died: August 24, 1950

Seasoned Chilean politician and reformer Arturo Alessandri Palma served as President of Chile thrice. A member of the Liberal Party of Chile, Palma earlier served as Minister of Finance and as Minister of the Interior. Following his presidency, Palma continued with his political journey and served as Senator of the Republic of Chile and as President of the Senate of Chile.     

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Antonio Skármeta
(Chilean Novelist Whose Novel 'Burning Patience' Inspired the Oscar-Winning Movie 'The Postman')
Antonio Skármeta
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Birthdate: November 7, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Antofagasta, Chile

Chilean novelist and screenwriter Antonio Skármeta is known for his iconic novel Burning Patience, which inspired the Academy Award-winning movie The Postman. Besides writing, he has also taught literature and has served as the Chilean ambassador to Germany. His literary works earned him the Chilean National Prize for Literature.

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Víctor Jara
(Chilean Teacher and Theater Director Who Was Tortured and Killed by Dictator Augusto Pinochet’s Men)
Víctor Jara
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Birthdate: September 28, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Ignacio, Chile
Died: September 16, 1973

Legendary Chilean folk singer Víctor Jara was eventually gearing up for a career as a priest and later studied theater, eventually switching to music. He pioneered the nueva canción genre of music in the middle of extreme political turmoil. He was tortured and shot dead during dictator Augusto Pinochet’s reign.

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Nicolás Jarry
(Chilean Professional Tennis Player)
Nicolás Jarry
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Birthdate: October 11, 1995
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
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Klaus Junge
(Chilean-German Chess Master)
Klaus Junge
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Birthdate: January 1, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Concepción, Chile
Died: April 17, 1945
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Ricardo Lagos
(Former President of Chile (2000 – 2006))
Ricardo Lagos
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Birthdate: March 2, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santiago

Ricardo Lagos is a Chilean lawyer and politician who served as the President of Chile from 2000 to 2006. He openly denounced Dictator Augusto Pinochet on live television in 1988. He also served as the Minister of Education from 1990 to 1992.

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Miguel Serrano
(Chilean Diplomat, Occultist and Nazi Sympathizer Who Wrote Extensively on Esoteric Hitlerism)
Miguel Serrano
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Birthdate: September 10, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Santiago
Died: February 28, 2009

Chilean diplomat and Nazi sympathizer Miguel Serrano was also an occultist who practiced kundalini yoga and studied Hinduism. He later became one of the most prominent authors of esoteric Hitlerism, claiming that the Aryan race had originated from extra-terrestrial entities. He was also the Chilean ambassador to countries such as Yugoslavia and India.

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Alberto Guerrero
(Composer)
Alberto Guerrero
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Birthdate: February 6, 1886
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: La Serena, Chile
Died: December 7, 1959

Mostly a self-taught pianist, Alberto Guerrero was a legendary Chilean composer who is also remembered as the mentor of Canadian classical pianist Glenn Gould. In Search of Alberto Guerrero, penned by his student John Beckwith, was his first detailed biography, as Guerrero himself left little written record about himself.

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Diego Barros Arana
(Professor)
Diego Barros Arana
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Birthdate: August 16, 1830
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chile
Died: November 4, 1907