On October 8, 1967, Marxist revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara was executed by government forces in La Higuera, Bolivia. Although most associated with the successful Cuban Revolution of 1959, Guevara was dedicated to radical social and political reform throughout Latin America and Africa.

Following his death, Guevara became an international symbol of revolution and rebellion, and has been the subject of books, songs, films—and millions of t-shirts.

Cuban revolution
Noun

(1959) revolt that led to the overthrow of the dictator Fulgencio Batista in Cuba.

execute
Verb

to put to death by order of the law or in a well-planned manner.

government
Noun

system or order of a nation, state, or other political unit.

Latin America
Noun

South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico.

rebellion
Noun

organized resistance to an authority.

reform
noun, verb

change or improvement of a policy or process.

revolutionary
Adjective

new or innovative.

symbol
Noun

something used to represent something else.