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The Organization of American States was Established in 1948

Today in Latin American history, the Organization of American States (OAS) was established in Bogotá, Colombia in 1948. The United States and 20 Latin American nations signed the charter establishing the OAS. continue reading »

Venezuelan Baseball Player Luis Aparicio was Born in 1934

Today in Latin American history, Venezuelan baseball player Luis Aparicio who played for the Chicago White Sox was born in 1934. Aparicio played as a shortstop in Major League Baseball (MLB) for 18 seasons from 1956 through 1973. continue reading »

Thor Heyerdahl and His Crew Traveled from Peru to Polynesia in 1947

Today in Latin American history, Thor Heyerdahl and five crew mates set out from Peru on the Kon-Tiki to prove that Peruvian natives could have settled Polynesia in 1947. continue reading »

The Carabineros de Chile were Created in 1927

Today in Latin American history, Carabineros de Chile, Chilean national police force and gendarmery, were created in 1927. The origins of the Carabiniers can be traced back to night watchmen such as the Dragones de la Reina (Queen's Dragoons) (created in 1758 and later renamed the Dragoons of Chile in 1812) and other organizations that fulfilled functions such as the watch and local policing. continue reading »

Mexican Saint Rafael Guizar Valencia was Born in 1878

Today in Latin American history, Mexican bishop Rafael Guízar Valencia was born in 1878. Guízar Valencia was a Catholic bishop who cared for the wounded, sick, and dying in Mexico's 1910-20 Revolution. continue reading »

LatAm’s First Elected Female President Nicaragua’s Violeta Chamorro Took Office in 1990

Today in Latin American history, Violeta Chamorro took office as the President of Nicaragua, the first woman to hold the position in 1990. continue reading »

Civil War Broke Out in the Dominican Republic in 1965

Today in Latin American history, civil war broke out in the Dominican Republic when Colonel Francisco Caamaño, overthrew the triumvirate that had been in power since the coup d'état against Juan Bosch in 1965. continue reading »

Venezuelan Writer Teresa de la Parra Died in 1936

Today in Latin American history, Venezuelan writer Teresa de la Parra died in 1936. She rebelled against the limited expectations for women of her class by long hours of reading and writing. continue reading »

Explosion in Guadalajara Killed 250, Left 15,000 Homeless in 1992

Today in Latin American history, in an explosion in Guadalajara, Mexico, 206 people were killed, nearly 500 injured and 15,000 left homeless in 1992. continue reading »

Bolivian Supreme Court Sentence Former Dictator to Jail in 1993

Today in Latin American history, the Supreme Court in La Paz, Bolivia, sentenced former dictator Luis Garcia Meza to 30 years in jail without parole for murder, theft, fraud and violating the constitution in 1993. continue reading »

JFK Discusses the Failure of the Bay of Pigs in 1961

Today in Latin American history, failure of the Bay of Pigs Invasion of US-backed Cuban exiles against Cuba was uncovered in 1961. continue reading »

Fidel Castro Resigned as First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba in 2011

Today in Latin American history, Fidel Castro resigned from the Communist Party of Cuba's central committee after 45 years of holding the title in 2011. continue reading »

CIA Trained Cuban Exiles Landed at the Bay of Pigs in 1961

Today in Latin American history, a group of CIA financed and trained Cuban exiles landed at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro in 1961. continue reading »

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 »