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The Allende Meteorite Fell Near Chihuahua in 1969

Today in Latin American history, the Allende meteorite fell near Pueblito de Allende, Chihuahua, Mexico in 1969. The Allende meteorite is the largest carbonaceous chondrite ever found on Earth. continue reading »

U.S. Banned All Cuban Imports and Exports in 1962

Today in Latin American history, the United States banned all Cuban imports and exports in 1962. In response to the Cuban alignment with the Soviet Union during the Cold War, President John F. Kennedy extended measures by Executive Order. continue reading »

The Treaty of Paris was Ratified by the U.S. Senate in 1899

Today in Latin American history, the Treaty of Paris, a peace treaty between the United States and Spain, was ratified by the United States Senate in 1899. continue reading »

Mexico Adopted the Current Constitution in 1917

Today in Latin American history, the current constitution of Mexico was adopted, establishing a federal republic with powers separated into independent executive, legislative, and judicial branches in 1917. continue reading »

7.5 Earthquake Killed more than 22,000 in Guatemala and Honduras in 1976

Today in Latin American history, a 7.5 earthquake killed more than 22,000 in Guatemala and Honduras in 1976. The earthquake struck during the early morning (at 3:01 am, local time) when most people were asleep. This contributed to the high death toll of 23,000. continue reading »

Ritchie Valens was Killed on “The Day the Music Died” in 1959

Today in Latin American history, a plane crashed near Clear Lake, Iowa killing Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, and pilot Roger Peterson in an incident that became known as "The Day the Music Died" in 1959. continue reading »

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was Signed in 1848

Today in Latin American history, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed ending the Mexican-American War in 1848. The war ended in favor of the United States of America. continue reading »

The Joelma Building Fire Killed 189, Injured 293 in Sao Paulo in 1974

Today in Latin American history, a fire in the 25-story Joelma Building in Sao Paulo, Brazil killed 189 and injured 293 in 1974. At 8:50am on 1 February 1974, an air conditioning unit on the twelfth floor overheated, starting a fire. continue reading »

President Clinton Authorized $20 Billion Loan to Mexico in 1995

Today in Latin American history, President Bill Clinton authorized a $20 billion loan to Mexico to stabilize its economy in 1995. continue reading »

A Fire Destroyed Two-thirds of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico in 1841

Today in Latin American history, a fire destroyed two-thirds of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico in 1841. The fire burned 300 out of the 500 existing housing units in town. continue reading »

Brazilian Martial Artist Hélio Gracie Died in 2009

Today in Latin American history, Brazilian martial artist Hélio Gracie who was the 1st sports hero in Brazil died in 2009. continue reading »

U.S. Ended the Search for Mexican Revolutionary Pancho Villa in 1917

Today in Latin American history, U.S. ended the search for Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa after 11 months in 1917. continue reading »

Honduran Constitutional Crisis Ended in 2010

Today in Latin American history, the 2009 Honduran constitutional crisis ended when Porfirio Lobo Sosa becomes the new President of Honduras in 2010. continue reading »

First European Stepped Foot on Brazil in 1500

Today in Latin American history, Vicente Yáñez Pinzón became the first European to set foot on Brazil in 1500. The Spanish explorer, who had commanded the Nina during Christopher Columbus' first expedition to the New World, reached the northeastern coast of Brazil during a voyage under his command. continue reading »

Pope John Paul II Demands Release of Cuban Political Prisoners in 1998

Today in Latin American history, during a historic visit to Cuba, Pope John Paul II demanded the release of political prisoners and political reforms while condemning US attempts to isolate the country in 1998. continue reading »

An 8.3 Earthquake Struck Chile Killing 28,000 in 1939

Today in Latin American history, the deadliest earthquake in Chilean history struck Chillán in 1939. The 8.3 earthquake killed an estimated 28,000 people, more than half of the city of Chillán was destroyed. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Actress and Dancer Chita Rivera was Born in 1933

Today in Latin American history, Puerto Rican actress and dancer Chita Rivera was born in 1933. Rivera is the first Hispanic woman and the only Latino American to receive a Kennedy Center Honors award. She also was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. continue reading »

Bolivia’s First Indigenous President Evo Morales Takes Office in 2006

Today in Latin American history, Evo Morales was inaugurated as President of Bolivia, becoming the country's first indigenous president in 2006. continue reading »

Ecuadorians Launched a Coup d’Etat in 2000

Today in Latin American history, a coup d'etat in Ecuador deposed President Jamil Mahuad in 2000. After the Ecuadorian Congress is seized by indigenous organizations, Col. Lucio Gutierrez, Carlos Solorzano and Antonio Vargas depose President Jamil Mahuad. continue reading »

Chile Defeated an Alliance Between Peru and Bolivia in the Battle of Yungay in 1839

Today in Latin American history, Chile defeated an alliance between Peru and Bolivia in the Battle of Yungay in 1839. The alliance formed Chilean Army led by Chilean General in Chief Manuel Bulnes and force of Peruvians opposed to Santa Cruz, decisively defeated the Confederate Army commanded by Santa Cruz after six hours of combat in the battlefield of Yungay, in northern Peru, 200 km north of Lima. continue reading »