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Conquistadors founded Salta, Argentina in 1582

Today in Latin American history, Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma founded the settlement of Salta, Argentina in 1582. continue reading »

Fidel Castro Visited the U.S. in 1959

Today in Latin American history, Fidel Castro visited the United States in 1959. Four months after leading a successful revolution in Cuba, Fidel Castro visits the United States. The visit was marked by tensions between Castro and the American government. continue reading »

Brazilian UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva was Born in 1975

Today in Latin American history, Brazilian mixed martial artist Anderson Silva who is the current UFC Middleweight Champion was born in 1975. continue reading »

Mexican Boxer Lupe Pintor was Born in 1955

Today in Latin American history, Mexican boxer Lupe Pintor who was a world champion was born in 1955. Nicknamed El Indio De Cuajimalpa (The Indian From Cuajimalpa), he started boxing professionally in 1974. continue reading »

Cuban Actor Andy García was Born in 1956

Today in Latin American history, Cuban actor Andy García who was nominated for an Oscar was born in 1956. García was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Vincent Mancini in The Godfather Part III. continue reading »

200,000 Protestors Demanded Hugo Chavez Step Down in 2002

Today in Latin American history, over two hundred thousand people marched in Caracas towards the Presidential Palace of Miraflores, to demand the resignation of president Hugo Chávez in 2002. continue reading »

Bolivian National Revolution Overthrew the Government in 1952

Today in Latin American history, Hugo Ballivian's government was overthrown by the Bolivian National Revolution, starting a period of agrarian reform, universal suffrage and the nationalization of tin mines in 1952. continue reading »

Chicano Movement Activist Oscar Zeta Acosta was Born in 1935

Today in Latin American history, American attorney, politician, and Chicano Movement activist Oscar Zeta Acosta was born in 1935. continue reading »

Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison in 2009

Today in Latin American history, former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was sentenced to 25 years in prison for ordering killings and kidnappings by security forces in 2009. continue reading »

Mexican Authorities Uncovered Mass Graves Containing 193 Bodies in 2011

Today in Latin American history, in San Fernando, Tamaulipas, Mexico, over 193 bodies were exhumed from several mass graves made by Los Zetas in 2011. continue reading »

Peruvian President Fujimori Dissolved Congress in 1992

Today in Latin American history, Alberto Fujimori, President of Peru, dissolved the Peruvian congress by military force in 1992. continue reading »

Brazilian Soccer Player Emerson was Born in 1976

Today in Latin American history, Brazilian footballer Emerson, born Emerson Ferreira da Rosa, who played for the National team & A.S. Roma was born in 1976. continue reading »

Settlers in Mexican Texas Gather for the Convention of 1833

Today in Latin American history, the Convention of 1833, a political gathering of settlers in Mexican Texas to help draft a series of petitions to the Mexican government, began in San Felipe de Austin in 1833. continue reading »

Brazilian Bossa Nova Singer Astrud Gilberto was Born in 1940

Today in Latin American history, Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto who is best known for her bossa nova style was born in 1940. The success of Gilberto’s vocal work on the song “The Girl From Ipanema” quickly turned her into a jazz star, and soon she started recording solo. continue reading »

U.S. Forces Took Veracruz During the Mexican-American War in 1847

Today in Latin American history, United States forces led by General Winfield Scott took Veracruz after a siege during the Mexican-American War in 1847. continue reading »

Brazilian Police Killed High School Student Protesting for Cheaper Student Meals in 1968

Today in Latin American history, Brazilian high school student Edson Luís de Lima Souto was shot by the police in a protest for cheaper meals at a restaurant for low-income students in 1968. continue reading »

U.S. Began Broadcasting the Anti-Castro Propaganda Network TV Martí to Cuba in 1990

Today in Latin American history, the United States began broadcasting TV Martí, an anti-Castro propaganda network, to Cuba in 1990. continue reading »

A 7.7 Earthquake Destroyed Caracas, Venezuela in 1812

Today in Latin American history, a 7.7 earthquake destroyed Caracas, Venezuela killing more than 15,000 people in 1812. continue reading »

Costa Rican Footballer Álvaro Saborío was Born in 1982

Today in Latin American history, Costa Rican footballer Álvaro Saborío who plays for the National team & Real Salt Lake was born in 1982. continue reading »

Archbishop Óscar Romero Was Assassinated During Mass in 1980

Today in Latin American history, Archbishop Óscar Romero is killed while celebrating Mass in San Salvador in 1980. The assassination occurred one day after a sermon in which he had called on Salvadoran soldiers, as Christians, to obey God's higher order and to stop carrying out the government's repression and violations of basic human rights. continue reading »