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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 »

Imperial Princess of Brazil Isabel was Born in 1846

Today in Latin American history, Imperial Princess of Brazil Isabel was born in 1846. During her father's absences abroad, Isabel acted as regent. In her third and final regency, she actively promoted and ultimately signed a law, named Lei Áurea or the Golden Law, emancipating all slaves in Brazil. continue reading »

Mexican Luchador Karloff Lagarde aka the “King of the Welterweight” was Born in 1928

Today in Latin American history, Mexican Luchador Karloff Lagarde known as "king of the Welterweight" was born in 1928. He was known by this title due to him holding the Mexican National Welterweight Championship four times and the NWA World Welterweight Championship three times in his career. continue reading »

Revered Argentine First Lady Eva “Evita” Perón Died in 1952

Today in LatAm history, revered Argentine First Lady Eva "Evita" Perón died in 1952. The second wife of President Juan Perón, Evita is credited with speaking on behalf of labor rights, fought for women's suffrage, and ran the nation's first large-scale female political party, the Female Peronist Party. continue reading »

The “Robin Hood of El Dorado” was Killed in 1853

Today in Latin American history, Joaquin Murieta, the famous bandit known as "Robin Hood of El Dorado," was killed in 1853. Murieta, who was also known as the "The Chilean Bandit" or "Mexican Robin Hood," was a famous figure in California during the California Gold Rush of the 1850s. continue reading »

Venezuelan Commander Simón Bolívar was Born in 1783

Today in Latin American history, Venezuelan commander Simón Bolívar who was key to Latin America's breakaway from Spain was born in 1783. During his lifetime, he led Venezuela, Colombia (including Panama at the time), Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia to independence, and helped lay the foundations for democratic ideology in much of Latin America. continue reading »

Cuban Baseball Player Luis Aloma was Born in 1923

Today in Latin American history, Cuban baseball player Luis Aloma who pitched for the Chicago White Sox was born in 1923. Aloma, who was nicknamed "Witto," was a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Chicago White Sox from 1950 through 1953. continue reading »

The Coronation the First Emperor of Mexico Took Place in 1822

Today in Latin American history, the coronation of Agustín de Iturbide, the first Emperor of Mexico, took place in 1822. continue reading »

Mexican Revolutionary Francisco “Pancho” Villa was Assassinated in 1923

Today in Latin American history, prominent Mexican Revolutionary general Francisco "Pancho" Villa was assassinated in 1923. continue reading »

Sandinista Rebels Overthrew the Nicaraguan Government in 1979

Today in Latin American history, the Sandinista rebels overthrew the government of the Somoza family in Nicaragua in 1979. Following their seizure of power, the Sandinistas established a revolutionary government in its place that ruled Nicaragua from 1979 to 1990. continue reading »

268 Guatemalan Peasants Were Killed at Plan de Sánchez Massacre in 1982

Today in Latin American history, 268 campesinos (peasants) were slain in the Plan de Sánchez massacre in Guatemala in 1982. Mostly women and children, and almost exclusively ethnic Achi Maya were abused and murdered by members of the armed forces and their paramilitary allies. continue reading »

Nicaraguan President General Anastasio Somoza Debayle Resigned in 1979

Today in Latin American history, Nicaraguan President General Anastasio Somoza Debayle resigned and fled to Miami, Florida in 1979. continue reading »

Bolivian Pedro Domingo Murillo Declared Independence in 1809

Today in Latin American history, Bolivian Pedro Domingo Murillo declared independence & formed the first independent government in 1809. continue reading »

Dominican Founding Fathers Juan Pablo Duarte Died in 1876

Today in Latin American history, Juan Pablo Duarte who was one of the Founding Fathers of the Dominican Republic died in 1876. continue reading »