26 July

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Death of Eva Perón

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María Eva Duarte de Perón died on this day in 1952, aged just 33.

Born poor and illegitimate, Eva rose from B-movie actress to First Lady of Argentina as the second wife of President Juan Perón. Known locally as Evita, she became a cult figure and helped women gain the right to vote in Argentina. When she died, her body was mummified, buried, later exhumed, and moved several times, also passing a spell in Juan's dining room. It is now back in Buenos Aires in a very secure tomb, so nervous are the authorities that it will be stolen by adoring fans. Today, we're drinking to this legendary women with an Evita.

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