Brief but costly war with El Salvador over heavy immigration and disputed border.
Colonel Juan Alberto Melgar Castro take power.
Melgar ousted in coup led by General Policarpo Paz Garcia.
1 Galician: habitational name from any of the places in Galicia named Varela, from a diminutive of vara ‘rod’, ‘stick’.2 Greek (Varelas): from Greek varela ‘barrel’, from Italian barella ‘barrel’. Accented on the final syllable, varelás is a metonymic occupational name for a cooper; with the accent on the middle syllable, varélas is a nickname for a large fat man.