1. Juan Perón was born into a wealthy ranching family in 1895. BBC - h2g2 - The Years of Billy Joel's 'We Didn't Start The Fire ...
2. Peron joined the military and at one point traveled to Italy to study fascism.
In 1943, as a colonel, he played an important part in the military coup against the civilian government of Ramón Castillo.
3. In the military-led government, Peron became Secretary of Labour and Welfare.
In this job, Peron worked to lessen the power of the left-wing parties.
4. When Peron became president in 1946, he worked hard to keep the support of the 'syndicates'.
Peron took over key British and American-owed companies in Argentina.
In 1947 he began the first 'five-year plan' to boost newly nationalized industries.
In 1955, the military toppled Peron.