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Aeroméxico Flight 498 Collided with a Plane in California Killing 82 in 1986

Today in Latin American history, Aeroméxico Flight 498 collided with a plane in California killing 82 in 1986. continue reading »

Dominican-American Olympic Athlete Felix Sanchez was Born in 1977

Today in Latin American history, Dominican-American athlete Felix Sanchez who won 2 golds Olympic medals was born in 1977. Sanchez chose to represent the Dominican Republic internationally, and made his competition debut for that nation in the Pan American games in 1999. continue reading »

Portugal Recognized the Independence of Brazil in 1825

Today in Latin American history, Portugal finally recognized the Independence of Brazil in 1825. Although Brazil declared independence on September 7, 1822, Portugal did not recognize it until three years later. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Actor Luis Guzman was Born in 1956

Today in Latin American history, Puerto Rican actor Luis Guzmán who has played over 100 different roles was born in 1956. continue reading »

US fought Mexican Carrancistas in Only WWI Battle on American Soil in 1918

Today in LatAm history, US fought Mexican Carrancistas & German advisors in only WWI battle fought on US soil in 1918. continue reading »

Mexican Superstar Thalía was Born in 1971

Today in Latin American history, Mexican singer Thalía who is one of the best-selling latin musicians of all time was born in 1971. Born Ariadna Thalía Sodi Miranda, she is recognized as the most successful female solo Mexican artist internationally by media conglomerates such as Univision Communications, Televisa and TV Azteca. continue reading »

Uruguay Declared its Independence from Brazil & Spain in 1825

Today in Latin American history, Uruguay declared its independence from Brazil & Spain in 1825. continue reading »

Brazilian Author Paulo Coelho was Born in 1947

Today in Latin American history, Brazilian author Paulo Coelho who wrote "The Alchemist" was born in 1947. Coelho has published 30 books. Three of them – "The Pilgrimage," "The Valkyries" and "Aleph" – are autobiographical, while the majority of the rest are fictional, although rooted in his life experiences. continue reading »

Raul Seixas aka the “Father of Brazilian Rock” Died in 1989

Today in Latin American history, Brazilian singer Raul Seixas known as the "Father of Brazilian Rock" died in 1989. Seixas had recorded over 21 albums during his 26-year career. continue reading »

Exiled Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky Was Attacked with an Ice Axe in Mexico in 1940

Today in Latin American history, in Mexico City exiled Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky was wounded with an ice axe in 1940. continue reading »

Former FBI’s Most Wanted fugitive Emigdio Preciado, Jr. was Born in 1969

Today in Latin American history, Hispanic fugitive Emigdio Preciado, Jr. who was on FBI's Most Wanted list was born in 1969. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Baseball Player Roberto Clemente was Born in 1934

Today in Latin American history, Puerto Rican baseball player Roberto Clemente who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates was born in 1934. He played 18 seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1955 through 1972. continue reading »

First Public Performance of the Dominican National Anthem Occurred in 1883

Today in Latin American history, the first public performance of the Dominican Republic's national anthem took place in 1883. continue reading »

Paraguayan Battalion Made up of Children was Massacred by the Brazilian Army in 1869

Today in Latin American history, a Paraguayan battalion made up of children was massacred by the Brazilian Army in 1869. The Battle of Acosta Ñu or Campo Grande, during the Paraguayan War, ended with 2000 dead Paraguayans and 1200 captured. continue reading »

The Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar Used By the Mayans Began in 3114 BC

Today in Latin American history, the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, used by the Mayans began in 3114 BC. The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar is a non-repeating calendar used by several Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures, most notably the Maya. continue reading »

Cuban Boxer Mario Kindelán Who Won 2 Olympic Gold Medals was Born in 1971

Today in Latin American history, Cuban boxer Mario Kindelán who won gold in the 2000 & 2004 Olympics was born in 1971. He competed in the lightweight category. His most recent victory was at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, defeating Amir Khan in the final, and retaining his gold medal from four years earlier. continue reading »

Colombian Singer Juanes was Born in 1972

Today in Latin American history, Colombian singer Juanes who has won 17 Latin Grammys was born in 1972. Originally a member of the heavy metal band Ekhymosis, his solo albums have sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. continue reading »

Mexican Revolutionary Emiliano Zapata was Born in 1879

Today in Latin American history, Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata was born in 1879. He formed and commanded the Liberation Army of the South, an important revolutionary brigade, and his followers were known as Zapatistas. continue reading »

Esquipulas II Accord was Signed Ending Political Strife in Central America in 1987

Today in Latin American history, the Esquipulas II Accord was signed ending political strife in Central America in 1987. During 1986 and 1987, the "Esquipulas Process" was established, in which the Central American heads of state agreed on economic cooperation and a framework for peaceful conflict resolution. continue reading »

Bolivia Gained Independence from Spain in 1825

Today in Latin American history, Bolivia gained independence from Spain in 1825. During most of the Spanish colonial period, this territory was known as Upper Peru and was under the administration of the Viceroyalty of Peru, which included most of Spain's South American colonies. continue reading »