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Mexican Luchador Karloff Lagarde aka the “King of the Welterweight” was Born in 1928

Today in Latin American history, Mexican Luchador Karloff Lagarde known as "king of the Welterweight" was born in 1928. He was known by this title due to him holding the Mexican National Welterweight Championship four times and the NWA World Welterweight Championship three times in his career. continue reading »

The “Robin Hood of El Dorado” was Killed in 1853

Today in Latin American history, Joaquin Murieta, the famous bandit known as "Robin Hood of El Dorado," was killed in 1853. Murieta, who was also known as the "The Chilean Bandit" or "Mexican Robin Hood," was a famous figure in California during the California Gold Rush of the 1850s. continue reading »

Venezuelan Commander Simón Bolívar was Born in 1783

Today in Latin American history, Venezuelan commander Simón Bolívar who was key to Latin America's breakaway from Spain was born in 1783. During his lifetime, he led Venezuela, Colombia (including Panama at the time), Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia to independence, and helped lay the foundations for democratic ideology in much of Latin America. continue reading »

Cuban Baseball Player Luis Aloma was Born in 1923

Today in Latin American history, Cuban baseball player Luis Aloma who pitched for the Chicago White Sox was born in 1923. Aloma, who was nicknamed "Witto," was a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Chicago White Sox from 1950 through 1953. continue reading »

The Coronation the First Emperor of Mexico Took Place in 1822

Today in Latin American history, the coronation of Agustín de Iturbide, the first Emperor of Mexico, took place in 1822. continue reading »

Mexican Revolutionary Francisco “Pancho” Villa was Assassinated in 1923

Today in Latin American history, prominent Mexican Revolutionary general Francisco "Pancho" Villa was assassinated in 1923. continue reading »

Sandinista Rebels Overthrew the Nicaraguan Government in 1979

Today in Latin American history, the Sandinista rebels overthrew the government of the Somoza family in Nicaragua in 1979. Following their seizure of power, the Sandinistas established a revolutionary government in its place that ruled Nicaragua from 1979 to 1990. continue reading »

268 Guatemalan Peasants Were Killed at Plan de Sánchez Massacre in 1982

Today in Latin American history, 268 campesinos (peasants) were slain in the Plan de Sánchez massacre in Guatemala in 1982. Mostly women and children, and almost exclusively ethnic Achi Maya were abused and murdered by members of the armed forces and their paramilitary allies. continue reading »

Bolivian Pedro Domingo Murillo Declared Independence in 1809

Today in Latin American history, Bolivian Pedro Domingo Murillo declared independence & formed the first independent government in 1809. continue reading »

Dominican Founding Fathers Juan Pablo Duarte Died in 1876

Today in Latin American history, Juan Pablo Duarte who was one of the Founding Fathers of the Dominican Republic died in 1876. continue reading »

Venezuelan Revolutionary Francisco de Miranda Died in 1816

Today in Latin American history, Venezuelan revolutionary Francisco de Miranda died in 1816. Although his own plans for the independence of the Spanish American colonies failed, he is regarded as a forerunner of Simón Bolívar, who during the Spanish American wars of independence successfully liberated a vast portion of South America. continue reading »

Mexican General Jose Maria Yanez Stopped the French Invasion of Guaymas in 1854

Today in Latin American history, Mexican General Jose Maria Yanez stopped the French invasion of Guaymas in 1854. continue reading »

Chilean Poet Pablo Neruda was Born in 1904

Today in Latin American history, Chilean poet Pablo Neruda who won the Nobel Laureate was born in 1904. Once referred to as "the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language" by Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez, Neruda wrote in a variety of styles. continue reading »

Boeing 737 Crashed in Ecuador Killing 119 in 1983

Today in Latin American history, a Boeing 737 crashed into hilly terrain in Cuenca, Ecuador killing 119 in 1983. Operated by the Ecuadorian national airline TAME, which was flying on a domestic route from Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito to Mariscal Lamar Airport in Cuenca. continue reading »

Colombian Actress Sofia Vergara was Born in 1972

Today in Latin American history, Colombian actress Sofia Vergara who stars on Modern Family was born in 1972. Vergara began acting in the late 1990s and got her start in Hollywood in the early 2000s. continue reading »

Argentina Declared Independence From Spain in 1816

Today in Latin American history, Argentina declared independence from Spain in 1816. The Congress of Tucumán declared the independence of the United Provinces of South America, which is still today one of the legal names of the Argentine Republic. continue reading »

An 8.7 Earthquake Struck Chile Later Causing a Tsunami in 1730

Today in Latin American history, Valparaiso, Chile was hit by an 8.7 earthquake and later tsunami killing 300 in 1730. The earthquake caused severe damage from La Serena to Chillan, while the tsunami affected more than 1,000 km (621.37 mi) of Chile's coastline. continue reading »

Che Guevara Set Out on a Trip Throughout LatAm in 1953

Today in Latin American history, Ernesto "Che" Guevara set out on a trip through Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, and Costa Rica in 1953. He eventually settled for a while in Guatemala, at the time experimenting with significant land reform under President Jacobo Arbenz. continue reading »

Mexican Painter Frida Kahlo was Born in 1907

Today in Latin American history, Mexican painter Frida Kahlo who was known for her self-portraits was born in 1907. Kahlo began painting after she was severely injured in a bus accident, she became one of Mexico's greatest artists. continue reading »

Venezuela Declared Independence from Spain in 1811

Today in Latin American history, Venezuela declared independence from Spain in 1811. Venezuelans made the decision to break away from the Spanish Crown in order to establish a new nation based on the premises of equality of individuals, abolition of censorship and dedication to freedom of expression. continue reading »