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Brazilian Marines Unsuccessfully Attacked the an Argentina Naval Base in 1827

Today in Latin American history, Brazilian marines unsuccessfully attacked the temporary naval base of Carmen de Patagones, Argentina during the Cisplatine War in 1827. continue reading »

Real Madrid Football Club was Founded in 1902

Today in Latin American history, the Real Madrid football club was founded in 1902. Founded as the Madrid Football Club, the club has traditionally worn a white home uniform since its beginnings. continue reading »

Iconic Photograph of Che Guevara was Taken in 1960

Today in Latin American history, Cuban photographer Alberto Korda took his iconic photograph of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara in 1960. Known as "Guerrillero Heroico" (Heroic Guerrilla Fighter), the photograph was taken in Havana, Cuba. continue reading »

Cortes Arrived in Mexico in Search of the Aztec Civilization in 1519

Today in Latin American history, Hernan Cortes arrived in Mexico in search of the Aztec civilization and their wealth in 1519. Cortes led an expedition that caused the fall of the Aztec Empire and brought large portions of mainland Mexico under the rule of the King of Castile in the early 16th century continue reading »

First Hispanic Miss USA Laura Harring was Born in 1964

Today in Latin American history, Mexican-born American actress Laura Harring who was the first Hispanic women to win Miss USA was born in 1964. continue reading »

Puerto Ricans Were Granted U.S. Citizenship in 1917

Today in Latin American history, the enactment of the Jones-Shafroth Act granted Puerto Ricans United States citizenship in 1917. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Nationalists Attacked the U.S. Capitol Building in 1954

Today in Latin American history, Puerto Rican nationalists attacked the United States Capitol building, injuring five Representatives in 1954. continue reading »

Aztec King Cuauhtémoc was Executed by Cortés’s forces in 1525

Today in Latin American history, the Aztec king Cuauhtémoc was executed by Hernán Cortés's forces in 1525. Hernán Cortés was marching on Tenochtitlán and Cuauhtémoc defended the city through a four-month siege. continue reading »

Dominican Republic Gained Independence from Haiti in 1844

Today in Latin American history, the Dominican Republic gained independence from Haiti in 1844. The whole island of Hispaniola had been under Haitian rule for 22 years when Haiti occupied the newly independent state of Haití Español in 1822. continue reading »

Sandinistas Acknowledged Defeat in Nicaraguan Elections in 1990

Today in Latin American history, Sandinistas acknowledged defeat in Nicaraguan elections in 1990. A year after agreeing to free elections, Nicaragua's leftist Sandinista government loses at the polls. The elections brought an end to more than a decade of U.S. efforts to unseat the Sandinista government. continue reading »

Argentine Commander Don José de San Martín was Born in 1778

Today in LatAm history, Argentine military commander Don José de San Martín who was the first President of Peru was born in 1778. Don José de San Martín was an Argentine soldier, statesman, and national hero who helped lead the revolutions against Spanish rule in Argentina (1812), Chile (1818), and Peru (1821). continue reading »

Peron was Elected President in Argentina in 1946

Today in Latin American history, Juan Domingo Peron was elected President in Argentina in 1946. He was elected to serve as President of Argentina on three occasions (1946, 1951 and 1973). continue reading »

Cuba Leased Guantanamo Bay to the U.S. in 1903

Today in Latin American history, Cuba leased Guantanamo Bay to the United States "in perpetuity" in 1903. The 45-square-mile site was originally used as a coaling station for U.S. Navy ships. continue reading »

The Battle of Buena Vista Took Place in 1847

Today in Latin American history, the Battle of Buena Vista occurred when 5,000 American troops defeated 15,000 Mexicans in 1847. The Battle of Buena Vista was the most dramatic fight of the U.S.-Mexican War. continue reading »

Mexican Actor Roberto “Chespirito” Gómez Bolaños was Born in 1929

Today in Latin American history, Mexican actor Roberto "Chespirito" Gómez Bolaños was born in 1929. Gómez Bolaños is a Mexican writer and actor, known around the world for his characters “El Chavo del 8” and “El Chapulín Colorado,” among others. continue reading »

The Parícutin Volcano Began to Form in 1943

Today in Latin American history, the Parícutin volcano began to form in Parícutin, Mexico in 1943. The volcano began as a fissure in a cornfield owned by a P'urhépecha farmer, Dionisio Pulido. He and his wife witnessed the initial eruption of ash and stones first-hand. continue reading »

South America’s Most Violent Volcanic Eruption Occurred in 1600

Today in Latin American history, the Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina exploded in the most violent eruption in the recorded history of South America in 1600. continue reading »

First Governor of Puerto Rico Luis Muñoz Marín was Born in 1898

Today in Latin American history, the first Governor of Puerto Rico Luis Muñoz Marín who was seen as "Father of Modern Puerto Rico" and the "The Architect of the Commonwealth" was born in 1898. continue reading »

UN Brokered Ceasefire Between Peru, Ecuador in 1995

Today in Latin American history, the Cenepa War between Peru and Ecuador ended on a cease-fire brokered by the UN in 1995. The war was a brief and localized military conflict between Ecuador and Peru, fought over control of a disputed area on the border between the two countries. continue reading »

Fidel Castro Became Premier of Cuba in 1959

Today in Latin American history, Fidel Castro became Premier of Cuba after dictator Fulgencio Batista was overthrown on January 1 in 1959. continue reading »