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Exiled Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky Was Attacked with an Ice Axe in Mexico in 1940

Today in Latin American history, in Mexico City exiled Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky was wounded with an ice axe in 1940. continue reading »

Former FBI’s Most Wanted fugitive Emigdio Preciado, Jr. was Born in 1969

Today in Latin American history, Hispanic fugitive Emigdio Preciado, Jr. who was on FBI's Most Wanted list was born in 1969. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Baseball Player Roberto Clemente was Born in 1934

Today in Latin American history, Puerto Rican baseball player Roberto Clemente who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates was born in 1934. He played 18 seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1955 through 1972. continue reading »

First Public Performance of the Dominican National Anthem Occurred in 1883

Today in Latin American history, the first public performance of the Dominican Republic's national anthem took place in 1883. continue reading »

Paraguayan Battalion Made up of Children was Massacred by the Brazilian Army in 1869

Today in Latin American history, a Paraguayan battalion made up of children was massacred by the Brazilian Army in 1869. The Battle of Acosta Ñu or Campo Grande, during the Paraguayan War, ended with 2000 dead Paraguayans and 1200 captured. continue reading »

Panama Canal Opens to Traffic in 1914

Today in Latin American history, the Panama Canal opens to traffic with the transit of the cargo ship SS Ancon in 1914. The building of the canal was completed in 1914, 401 years after Panama was first crossed by Vasco Núñez de Balboa. continue reading »

Venezuelan Terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez aka “Carlos the Jackal” was Captured in 1994

Today in Latin American history, Venezuelan terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez also known as "Carlos the Jackal" was captured in 1994. While on the run in Sudan, the French and US intelligence agencies offered a number of deals to the Sudanese authorities. continue reading »

Aztec Capital of Tenochtitlán Fell to Hernán Cortés in 1521

Today in Latin American history, the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán (present-day Mexico City) fell to conquistador Hernán Cortés in 1521. Though numerous battles were fought between the Aztecs and the Spanish army, it was the siege of Tenochtitlan that was the final, decisive battle that led to the downfall of the Aztec civilization and marked the end of the first phase of the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire. continue reading »

The Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar Used By the Mayans Began in 3114 BC

Today in Latin American history, the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, used by the Mayans began in 3114 BC. The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar is a non-repeating calendar used by several Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures, most notably the Maya. continue reading »

Cuban Boxer Mario Kindelán Who Won 2 Olympic Gold Medals was Born in 1971

Today in Latin American history, Cuban boxer Mario Kindelán who won gold in the 2000 & 2004 Olympics was born in 1971. He competed in the lightweight category. His most recent victory was at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, defeating Amir Khan in the final, and retaining his gold medal from four years earlier. continue reading »

Colombian Singer Juanes was Born in 1972

Today in Latin American history, Colombian singer Juanes who has won 17 Latin Grammys was born in 1972. Originally a member of the heavy metal band Ekhymosis, his solo albums have sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. continue reading »

Mexican Revolutionary Emiliano Zapata was Born in 1879

Today in Latin American history, Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata was born in 1879. He formed and commanded the Liberation Army of the South, an important revolutionary brigade, and his followers were known as Zapatistas. continue reading »

Esquipulas II Accord was Signed Ending Political Strife in Central America in 1987

Today in Latin American history, the Esquipulas II Accord was signed ending political strife in Central America in 1987. During 1986 and 1987, the "Esquipulas Process" was established, in which the Central American heads of state agreed on economic cooperation and a framework for peaceful conflict resolution. continue reading »

Bolivia Gained Independence from Spain in 1825

Today in Latin American history, Bolivia gained independence from Spain in 1825. During most of the Spanish colonial period, this territory was known as Upper Peru and was under the administration of the Viceroyalty of Peru, which included most of Spain's South American colonies. continue reading »

33 Chilean miners Were Trapped After a Cave-in in 2010

Today in Latin American history, 33 Chilean miners were trapped 2,300 ft below the ground after a cave-in in Copiapó in 2010. The buried men, who became known as "Los 33" ("The 33"), were trapped 2,300 feet underground and about 3 miles from the mine's entrance via spiraling underground service ramps. continue reading »

8.0 Earthquake Hit Dominican Republic Killed 100, Left 20,000 Homeless in 1946

Today in Latin American history, an 8.0 earthquake hit northern Dominican Republic where 100 were killed, 20,000 were left homeless in 1946. The mainshock measured 8.1 on the surface wave magnitude scale and an aftershock occurred four days later. continue reading »

Christopher Columbus Left Spain, Later Discovering the New World in 1492

Today in Latin American history, Christopher Columbus left Spain in search of Asia instead he discovered the New World in 1492. Columbus departed from Spain with three ships: the Santa María ex-Gallega ("Galician"), the Pinta ("Painted") and the Santa Clara, nicknamed the Niña (lit. "Girl"). continue reading »

The La Negrita statue of Mary was found in Costa Rica in 1635

Today in Latin American history, the La Negrita statue of Mary was found in Costa Rica in 1635. The Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels was consecrated to the Virgin of Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles, a small representation of the Virgin Mary carrying the infant Jesus, said to have been discovered by a peasant girl in Cartago. continue reading »

Supermarket Fire Killed 396, Injured 500 in Paraguay in 2004

Today in Latin American history, a supermarket fire killed 396 people and injured 500 in Asunción, Paraguay in 2004. The three-story Ycuá Bolaños V supermarket and commercial complex, which included a restaurant, offices, and an underground parking garage, caught fire, causing two explosions on the first floor. continue reading »

Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro Gave Power Temporarily to Raúl Castro in 2006

Today in Latin American history, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro handed over power temporarily to brother Raúl Castro in 2006. Raúl Castro was designated as the President of the Council of State in a temporary transfer of power due to Fidel Castro's illness. continue reading »