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Mexican General Jose Maria Yanez Stopped the French Invasion of Guaymas in 1854

Today in Latin American history, Mexican General Jose Maria Yanez stopped the French invasion of Guaymas in 1854. continue reading »

Chilean Poet Pablo Neruda was Born in 1904

Today in Latin American history, Chilean poet Pablo Neruda who won the Nobel Laureate was born in 1904. Once referred to as "the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language" by Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez, Neruda wrote in a variety of styles. continue reading »

Boeing 737 Crashed in Ecuador Killing 119 in 1983

Today in Latin American history, a Boeing 737 crashed into hilly terrain in Cuenca, Ecuador killing 119 in 1983. Operated by the Ecuadorian national airline TAME, which was flying on a domestic route from Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito to Mariscal Lamar Airport in Cuenca. continue reading »

Colombian Actress Sofia Vergara was Born in 1972

Today in Latin American history, Colombian actress Sofia Vergara who stars on Modern Family was born in 1972. Vergara began acting in the late 1990s and got her start in Hollywood in the early 2000s. continue reading »

Argentina Declared Independence From Spain in 1816

Today in Latin American history, Argentina declared independence from Spain in 1816. The Congress of Tucumán declared the independence of the United Provinces of South America, which is still today one of the legal names of the Argentine Republic. continue reading »

An 8.7 Earthquake Struck Chile Later Causing a Tsunami in 1730

Today in Latin American history, Valparaiso, Chile was hit by an 8.7 earthquake and later tsunami killing 300 in 1730. The earthquake caused severe damage from La Serena to Chillan, while the tsunami affected more than 1,000 km (621.37 mi) of Chile's coastline. continue reading »

Che Guevara Set Out on a Trip Throughout LatAm in 1953

Today in Latin American history, Ernesto "Che" Guevara set out on a trip through Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, and Costa Rica in 1953. He eventually settled for a while in Guatemala, at the time experimenting with significant land reform under President Jacobo Arbenz. continue reading »

Mexican Painter Frida Kahlo was Born in 1907

Today in Latin American history, Mexican painter Frida Kahlo who was known for her self-portraits was born in 1907. Kahlo began painting after she was severely injured in a bus accident, she became one of Mexico's greatest artists. continue reading »

Venezuela Declared Independence from Spain in 1811

Today in Latin American history, Venezuela declared independence from Spain in 1811. Venezuelans made the decision to break away from the Spanish Crown in order to establish a new nation based on the premises of equality of individuals, abolition of censorship and dedication to freedom of expression. continue reading »

Argentine-Spanish Footballer Alfredo Di Stéfano was Born in 1926

Today in Latin American history, Argentine-Spanish footballer Alfredo Di Stéfano who played for Real Madrid was born in 1926. Di Stéfano won the European Champions' Cup five seasons in a row in the 1950s. continue reading »

The Constitution of Puerto Rico was Approved by the U.S. Congress in 1952

Today in Latin American history, the Constitution of Puerto Rico was approved by the Congress of the United States in 1952. The United States government authorized Puerto Rico to draft its own constitution. continue reading »

Vicente Fox was Elected President of Mexico in 2000

Today in Latin American history, Vicente Fox was elected President of México in 2000. Fox was elected President of Mexico in the 2000 presidential election, a historically significant election that made him the first president elected from an opposition party since Francisco I. continue reading »

Former President of Argentina Juan Perón Died in 1974

Today in Latin American history, former President of Argentina Juan Perón died in 1974. Perón became president of Argentina after the 1943 coup that overthrew the ineffective civilian government. continue reading »

Hernán Cortés, Spanish Conquistadors Fought Their Way Out of Tenochtitlan in 1520

Today in Latin American history, Spanish conquistadors led by Hernán Cortés fought their way out of Tenochtitlan, Mexico in 1520. continue reading »

Brazilian Football Allstar Júnior was Born in 1954

Today in Latin American history, Brazilian football allstar Júnior who played on the National team was born in 1954. He was known for his technique and teamwork as well as his versatility, playing at left back and on the left of midfield for Brazil due to his two footedness whilst often playing midfielder at club level. continue reading »

Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was Ousted Over Plans to Rewrite the Constitution in 2009

Today in Latin American history, Honduran president Manuel Zelaya Rosales was ousted over plans to rewrite the constitution in 2009. continue reading »

Mexican Serial Killer Ángel Maturino Reséndiz aka “The Railway Killer” was Killed in 2006

Today in LatAm history, Mexican serial killer Ángel Maturino Reséndiz known as "The Railway Killer" was killed in 2006. He was responsible for as many as 15 murders across the United States and Mexico during the 1990s. continue reading »

Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro was Assassinated in Peru in 1541

Today in Latin American history, Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro was assassinated in Lima, Peru in 1541. In 1509, Pizarro sailed from Spain to the New World and served as the mayor and magistrate of Panama City from 1519 to 1523. continue reading »

Spanish Architect Antoni Gaudí was Born in 1852

Today in Latin American history, Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí was born in 1852. Between 1984 and 2005, seven of his works were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. continue reading »

Argentine footballer Lionel Messi was Born in 1987

Today in Latin American history, Argentine footballer Lionel Messi who plays for the National team & FC Barcelona was born in 1987. Messi has been regarded as the best footballer in the world and as one of the greatest players in history. continue reading »