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22 Were Killed After Trying to Raise the Panamanian Flag on the U.S.-controlled Panama in 1964

Today in Latin American history, 22 Panamanians were killed in a fight that broke out between Panamanians in Panama City and U.S. citizens living in the Canal Zone in 1964. continue reading »

Venezuelan Fashion Designer Carolina Herrera was Born in 1939

Today in Latin American history, Venezuelan fashion designer Carolina Herrera was born in 1939. Herrera started her fashion line in 1981 after uprooting her family and moving to New York City. continue reading »

First Democratically Elected Governor of Puerto Rico Took Office in 1949

Today in Latin American history, Luis Muñoz Marín became the first democratically elected Governor of Puerto Rico in 1949. continue reading »

Fidel Castro Overthrew Cuban Dictator Batista in 1959

Today in Latin American history, Fulgencio Batista, dictator of Cuba, was overthrown by Fidel Castro's forces during the Cuban Revolution in 1959. continue reading »

The U.S. Hands Control of the Panama Canal to Panama in 1999

Today in Latin American history, the United States Government hands control of the Panama Canal to Panama in 1999. continue reading »

Madrid Barajas International Airport was Bombed in 2006

Today in Latin American history, Madrid Barajas International Airport was bombed in 2006. The explosion took place in the carpark building next to the new terminal. An anonymous caller stated that Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) claimed responsibility for the bombing. continue reading »

36-Year Long Guatemalan Civil War Ended in 1996

Today in Latin American history, Guatemala and leaders of Guatemalan National Revolutionary Union sign a peace accord ending a 36-year civil war in 1996. continue reading »

Argentine Novelist Manuel Puig was Born in 1932

Today in Latin American history, Argentine writer Manuel Puig whose novels have been turned into films and plays was born in 1932. continue reading »

Spain Became a Democracy After 40 Years of Dictatorship in 1978

Today in Latin American history, Spain became a democracy after 40 years of dictatorship in 1978. Following the Spanish constitution's approval in a national referendum, King Juan Carlos ratified Spain's first democratic constitution in nearly five decades. continue reading »

Chilean Rebels Defeat the Spanish at the Battle of Tucapel in 1553

Today in Latin American history, Mapuche rebels under Lautaro defeated the Spanish conquistadors and executed the governor of Chile, Pedro de Valdivia at the Battle of Tucapel in 1553. continue reading »

Latin Superstar Ricky Martin was Born in 1971

Today in Latin American history, Puerto Rican superstar Ricky Martin who has won multiple music awards was born in 1971. continue reading »

A 6.2 Earthquake Struck Nicaragua in 1972

Today in Latin American history, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes the Nicaraguan capital of Managua killing more than 10,000 in 1972. continue reading »

Spanish Singer Alejandro Sanz Was Born in 1968

Today in Latin American history, Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz who has had commercial success around the world was born in 1968. Sanz has won a total of fifteen Latin Grammy Awards and three Grammy Awards. He has won the Latin Grammy for Album of the Year three times, more than any other artist. continue reading »

“The Liberator” Simón Bolívar Died in 1830

Today in Latin American history, Venezuelan military leader Simón Bolívar who is known as "The Liberator" throughout Latin America died in 1830. continue reading »

Mexican Controlled Nacogdoches, Texas is Declared the Republic of Fredonia in 1826

Today in Latin American history, Benjamin W. Edwards rides into Mexican controlled Nacogdoches, Texas and declares himself ruler of the Republic of Fredonia in 1826. continue reading »

Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer was Born in 1907

Today in Latin American history, Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer who designed many buildings in Brasília was born in 1907. Niemeyer was key in the development of modern architecture. He also collaborated with other architects on the United Nation's Headquarters in New York City. continue reading »

Flash Flood Strikes Vargas, Venezuela in 1999

Today in Latin American history, torrential rains caused flash floods in Vargas, Venezuela, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths, the destruction of thousands of homes, and the complete collapse of the state's infrastructure in 1999. continue reading »

Mexican Actress Lupe Vélez Died in 1944

Today in Latin American history, Mexican actress Lupe Vélez who was known as the "Mexican Spitfire" died in 1944. Vélez began her career in Mexico as a dancer, before moving to the U.S. where she worked in vaudeville. Vélez was one of the first Mexican actresses to succeed in Hollywood. continue reading »

An 8.2 Earthquake and Tsunami Attacks Colombia and Ecuador in 1979

Today in Latin American history, an 8.2 earthquake and tsunami kill nearly 600 people in Colombia and Ecuador in 1979. The epicenter was just offshore from the border between Ecuador and Colombia, near the port city of Tumaco. continue reading »

Che Guevara Spoke at the UN in 1964

Today in Latin American history, Che Guevara spoke at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City in 1964. continue reading »