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The Champs’ “Tequila” Was the #1 Song on the U.S. Pop Charts in 1958

Today in Latin American history, The Champs' "Tequila" was the #1 song on the U.S. pop charts in 1958. Written on the spot and recorded as an afterthought in Los Angeles, the song—"Tequila" —hit #1 on the Billboard pop chart on March 17, 1958. It was the Champs' one, and only, pop hit. continue reading »

U.S. Regiments Cross Border to Capture Pancho Villa in 1916

Today in Latin American history, the 7th and 10th US cavalry regiments under John J. Pershing crossed the US-Mexico border to join the hunt for Pancho Villa in 1916. continue reading »

Brazilian Military Dictatorship Ended in 1985

Today in Latin American history, the Brazilian military dictatorship ended in 1985. The authoritarian regime ruled Brazil from March 31, 1964 to March 15, 1985. continue reading »

US Ratified the Failed Treaty Granting Rights to Build Panama Canal in 1903

Today in Latin American history, the Hay-Herran Treaty, granting the United States the right to build the Panama Canal, was ratified by the United States Senate in 1903. continue reading »

Cuban Student Revolutionaries Attack the Presidential Palace in 1957

Today in Latin American history, Cuban student revolutionaries stormed the presidential palace in Havana in a failed attempt on the life of President Fulgencio Batista in 1957. continue reading »

Spanish Troops Defeated 60,000 Mapuche at the Battle of Penco in 1550

Today in Latin American history, several hundred Spanish and indigenous troops under the command of Pedro de Valdivia defeated an army of 60,000 Mapuche at the Battle of Penco during the Arauco War in present-day Chile in 1550. continue reading »

Chile Swore In First Democratically Elected President Since 1970 in 1990

Today in Latin American history, Patricio Aylwin was sworn in as the first democratically elected President of Chile since 1970 in 1990. Following the Augusto Pinochet regime that was in power since 1973, Aylwin was elected in the first democratic elections on December 14, 1989. continue reading »

Fulgencio Batista Appointed Himself as the “Provisional President” in 1952

Today in Latin American history, Fulgencio Batista led a successful coup in Cuba and appointed himself as the "provisional president" in 1952. continue reading »

Pancho Villa Raided Columbus, New Mexico in 1916

Today in Latin American history, Pancho Villa led nearly 500 Mexican raiders in an attack against Columbus, New Mexico in 1916. continue reading »

Spanish Explorers First Saw Ruins of Ancient Mayan City in 1576

Today in Latin American history, Spanish explorer Diego García de Palacio first saw the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Copán in 1576. By 900 AD only a tenth of the population was still present in the valley. continue reading »

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 »