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Spanish Troops Executed Fr. Miguel Hidalgo in 1811

Today in Latin American history, Spanish troops executed Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the leader of the Mexican insurgency in 1811. Hidalgo was turned over to the bishop of Durango, Francisco Gabriel de Olivares, for an official defrocking and excommunication on July 27, 1811. 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 »

José de San Martín Declared the Independence of Peru From Spain in 1821

Today in Latin American history, José de San Martín declared the independence of Peru from Spain in 1821. José de San Martín said, "... From this moment on, Peru is free and independent, by the general will of the people and the justice of its cause that God defends. Long live the homeland! Long live freedom! Long live our independence!" 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 »

Colombian Drug Lord Pablo Escobar Escaped Prison in 1992

Today in Latin American history, Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar escaped prison fearing extradition to the United States in 1992. When the Colombian government discovered that Escobar was continuing his criminal activities within La Catedral prison, it attempted to move Escobar to another jail. 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 »

Venezuelan Revolutionary Francisco de Miranda Died in 1816

Today in Latin American history, Venezuelan revolutionary Francisco de Miranda died in 1816. Although his own plans for the independence of the Spanish American colonies failed, he is regarded as a forerunner of Simón Bolívar, who during the Spanish American wars of independence successfully liberated a vast portion of South America. continue reading »

Mexican General Jose Maria Yanez Stopped the French Invasion of Guaymas in 1854

Today in Latin American history, Mexican General Jose Maria Yanez stopped the French invasion of Guaymas in 1854. continue reading »

Chilean Poet Pablo Neruda was Born in 1904

Today in Latin American history, Chilean poet Pablo Neruda who won the Nobel Laureate was born in 1904. Once referred to as "the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language" by Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez, Neruda wrote in a variety of styles. continue reading »

Boeing 737 Crashed in Ecuador Killing 119 in 1983

Today in Latin American history, a Boeing 737 crashed into hilly terrain in Cuenca, Ecuador killing 119 in 1983. Operated by the Ecuadorian national airline TAME, which was flying on a domestic route from Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito to Mariscal Lamar Airport in Cuenca. continue reading »