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The day Brazil attacked a German passenger ship in Rio de Janeiro

By Jorge de Souza

On October 24, 1930, an armed political movement that went down in Brazilian history as the "Revolution of 30" ended an old form of government in which only Paulistas (from São Paulo state) and Mineros (from Minas Gerais state) alternated at the head of the country, the so-called "Republic of Café com Leite."

The movement also deposed President Washington Luís, prevented his successor Júlio Prestes from taking office, and handed the nation's leadership to Getúlio Vargas days later.

It was, in short, a coup d'état.

And a very turbulent . . .

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