On October 9, 1967 Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara was executed in Bolivia. He was commonly known as “El Che,” or simply, “Che.” Besides being a Marxist revolutionary, Che Guevara was also an author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, physician, and military theorist. He played a major role in the Cuban Revolution, and subsequently has become a pop culture symbol of rebellion.
Guevara was captured in Bolivia, with the help of a Cuban exile turned CIA operative named Felix Rodriguez. During his capture, Guevara was questioned regarding the location of his troops, to which he refused to talk. His execution was ordered by Bolivian President Rene Barrientos, who believed an execution was deemed fitting in order to prevent Guevara from escaping, as well as avoiding a public trial. Guevara was then shot 10 times by Mario Teran, a 31-year-old sergeant in the Bolivian army. Teran volunteered to execute Guevara due to a personal grudge held against him — three comrades of his had been killed earlier during a firefight with Guevara’s guerrilla troops. Guevara is buried in Santa Clara, Cuba.