Buenos Aires had never seen anything like it. The day Juan Domingo Perón became their legal President, a million Argentines unleashed their last reserve of enthusiasm.
Hours before the ceremony, Perón's descamisados (shirtless ones) had packed in behind the double row of steel-helmeted, bayonet-bearing soldiers who lined the 14-block Avenida de Mayo from the stone-columned Chamber of Deputies to the pink-plastered Casa Rosada. Some had camped there the night before. One Perón idolater had dragged a great, 100-lb. wooden cross from seaside Mar del Plata 300 miles away.
Hides & Oil. At the stroke of midday, resplendent in the blue, gold encrusted dress...