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Panama Separated from Spain and Joined Gran Colombia in 1821

Today in Latin American history, Panama gained independence from Spain and joined Gran Colombia in 1821. continue reading »

Avianca Flight 203 Exploded Mid-flight Over Colombia in 1989

Today in Latin American history, Avianca Flight 203, exploded in mid-air over Colombia, 107 people were killed on board as well as 3 on the ground in 1989. continue reading »

Argentine Activist, Nobel Prize Winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel Was Born in 1931

Today in Latin American history, Argentine activist Adolfo Pérez Esquivel who won the Nobel Peace Prize was born in 1931. He is known for his stance against violence. continue reading »

Chilean Dictator Augusto Pinochet Was Born in 1915

Today in Latin American history, Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was born in 1915. Pinochet was an army general and dictator of Chile from 1973 until transferring power to a democratically elected president in 1990. continue reading »

Brazil’s Father of Football Charles William Miller Born in 1874

Today in Latin American history, Brazilian Charles William Miller who introduced Brazil to the sport of football (soccer) was born in 1874. He is known as the father of Brazilian football. continue reading »

President Reagan Gave CIA Authority to Establish the Contras in 1981

Today in Latin American history, President Ronald Reagan signs off on a top secret document which gave the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) the power to recruit and support Nicaraguan rebels to conduct covert actions against the leftist Sandinista regime in Nicaragua. continue reading »

Juan Carlos Declared King of Spain After Franco’s Death in 1975

Today in Latin American history, Juan Carlos is declared King of Spain following the death of Francisco Franco in 1975. Francisco Franco led an uprising and took control of Spain after the Spanish Civil War in 1939. He presided over a military dictatorship until his death. continue reading »

Security Council Members Began Shredding Documents Linked to Iran-Contra Affair in 1986

Today in Latin American history, National Security Council member Oliver North and his secretary began shredding documents implicating them in the sale of weapons to Iran and channeling the proceeds to help fund the Contra rebels in Nicaragua in 1986. continue reading »

The Mexican Revolution Began in 1910

Today in Latin American history, reformist writer and politician Francisco I. Madero denounced Mexican President Porfirio Díaz, calling for a revolution to overthrow the government of Mexico in 1910. continue reading »

Pelé‘s Scored 1,000th Goal in 1969

Today in Latin American history, Brazilian soccer star Pelé scored his 1,000th goal in Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium in 1969. Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pelé would go on to score 1,282 goals in a career that lasted 21 years and 3 World Cup wins. continue reading »

Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza Debayle was Killed in Paraguay in 1980

Today in Latin American history, former President of Nicaragua Anastasio Somoza Debayle was killed in Paraguay in 1980. After being overthrown in a 1979 insurrection led by the FSLN, he fled Nicaragua in exile and power was ceded to the Junta of National Reconstruction. continue reading »

Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, & Costa Rica Declared Independence in 1821

Today in Latin American history, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, & Costa Rica declared independence in 1821. Known as the Captaincy General of Guatemala, the Captaincy was an administrative division in Spanish America which covered much of Central America, a Popular Assembly was called by the City Council which included deputies from the provinces and the citizenry of Guatemala declared independence and the Deed of Declaration of Independence was signed and proclaimed. continue reading »

U.S. General Winfield Scott Captured Mexico City in 1847

Today in Latin American history, U.S. General Winfield Scott entered Mexico City & raised flag over Hall of Montezuma in 1847. This colluded a devastating advance that began with an amphibious landing at Vera Cruz six months earlier. continue reading »

6 Teenage Mexican Cadets Died Defending Chapultepec Castle in 1847

Today in Latin American history, six teenage Mexican cadets known as Niños Héroes died defending Chapultepec Castle in 1847. continue reading »

Hurricane Donna Caused Over 100 Deaths in Puerto Rico in 1960

Today in Latin American history, Hurricane Donna caused over 100 deaths in Puerto Rico before passing through the U.S. in 1960. Donna wrecked havoc on Puerto Rico and a portion of the Bahamas before turning northeast toward Cuba and the Florida Keys. continue reading »

A Coup d’Etat in Chile Headed by Gen. Augusto Pinochet Took Place in 1973

Today in LatAm history, a coup d'etat in Chile headed by General Augusto Pinochet took place in 1973. Following an extended period of social and political unrest between the conservative-dominated Congress of Chile and the elected socialist President Salvador Allende, Allende was overthrown in a coup d’état. continue reading »

Simón Bolívar was Named President of Peru in 1823

Today in Latin American history, Simón Bolívar was named President of Peru in 1823. continue reading »

Cuban Fencer Ramón Fonst Who Won LatAm’s First Olympic Medal Died in 1959

Today in Latin American history, Cuban fencer Ramón Fonst who won 4 Olympic gold medals died in 1959. Fonst participated in fencing at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris for Cuba and won the gold medal in the épée, defeating French fencer Louis Perrée in the final. continue reading »

Battle of El Molino del Rey During the Mexican-American War Took Place in 1847

Today in Latin American history, the Battle of El Molino del Rey during the Mexican-American War took place in 1847. One of the bloodiest engagements, it was fought between Mexican forces under General Antonio Léon against an American force under General Winfield Scott at a hill called El Molino del Rey near Mexico City. continue reading »

Dom Pedro I Declared Brazil Independent From Portugal in 1822

Today in Latin American history, Dom Pedro I declared Brazil independent from Portugal in 1822. Pedro declared the independence of Brazil and, after waging a successful war against his father's kingdom, was acclaimed on October 12th as Pedro I, the first Emperor of Brazil. continue reading »