|Birth: ||Jun. 30, 1921, Honduras|
|Death: ||May 16, 2010|
President of Honduras. Born in the town of Danli, he served as president of Honduras from 1963 to 1971, and again from 1972 to 1975. He rose to power following a military coup that ousted President Ramon Villeda Morales in 1963, and a second military coup that toppled the democratically elected presidency of Ramon Ernesto Cruz in 1972. He received his formal education at the American School of Tegucigalpa, and was trained as a pilot in the Honduran military. From 1942 to 1945 he continued his education and training in the United States, studying mechanical aviation in Arizona. In 1969 he led the nation in a five day war against El Salvador, resulting from violence following a World Cup qualifying soccer match. The conflict which became known as "Soccer War," resulted in the deaths and beatings of several thousand rival soccer fans, eventually escalating into an armed military conflict between the two Central-American nations. In 1975, Arellano was himself ousted from political power by a military coup, charged with accepting a multi-million dollar bribe from the U.S. based United Fruit Company, in exchange for reduced export tax considerations. Following his removal from political power, he worked as a businessman with interests in banking and the Honduran Airline Tan-Sahsa. He died in the nation's capital from pancreatic cancer. (bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.)
Created by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.
Record added: May 18, 2010
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