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This Day in the Arts: June 10

1926:

Antoni Gaudí, a Catalán architect, dies after being run over by a tram three days earlier; he is buried in his unfinished masterpiece La Sagrada Família.

1990:

In a run-off election, writer Mario Vargas Llosa loses his bid for the presidency of Peru to Alberto Fujimori. The award-winning author often critiques the hierarchy of social class and race present in Peru and Latin America. During the campaign, his opponents read racy passages of his works over the radio in an apparent attempt to shock voters.


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