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King Juan Carlos I of Spain was Born in 1938

Today in Latin American history, King Juan Carlos I of Spain was born in 1938. On 22 November 1975, two days after General Francisco Franco's death, Juan Carlos was designated King according to the law of succession promulgated by Franco. continue reading »

Singer Sandro Known as the “Argentine Elvis” Died in 2010

Today in Latin American history, Argentine songwriter Sandro died in 2010. Roberto Sanchez, the Argentine singer known as "Sandro" and who drew comparisons to Elvis Presley was the first Latino artist to sell out Madison Square Garden in New York. continue reading »

U.S. Severed Diplomatic Relations with Cuba in 1961

Today in Latin American history, the United States severed diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1961. The U.S. chose to close the American Embassy in Havana in light of Fidel Castro's uprising. continue reading »

First Democratically Elected Governor of Puerto Rico Took Office in 1949

Today in Latin American history, Luis Muñoz Marín became the first democratically elected Governor of Puerto Rico in 1949. continue reading »

Fidel Castro Overthrew Cuban Dictator Batista in 1959

Today in Latin American history, Fulgencio Batista, dictator of Cuba, was overthrown by Fidel Castro's forces during the Cuban Revolution in 1959. continue reading »

The U.S. Hands Control of the Panama Canal to Panama in 1999

Today in Latin American history, the United States Government hands control of the Panama Canal to Panama in 1999. continue reading »

Madrid Barajas International Airport was Bombed in 2006

Today in Latin American history, Madrid Barajas International Airport was bombed in 2006. The explosion took place in the carpark building next to the new terminal. An anonymous caller stated that Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) claimed responsibility for the bombing. continue reading »

36-Year Long Guatemalan Civil War Ended in 1996

Today in Latin American history, Guatemala and leaders of Guatemalan National Revolutionary Union sign a peace accord ending a 36-year civil war in 1996. continue reading »

Argentine Novelist Manuel Puig was Born in 1932

Today in Latin American history, Argentine writer Manuel Puig whose novels have been turned into films and plays was born in 1932. continue reading »

Spain Became a Democracy After 40 Years of Dictatorship in 1978

Today in Latin American history, Spain became a democracy after 40 years of dictatorship in 1978. Following the Spanish constitution's approval in a national referendum, King Juan Carlos ratified Spain's first democratic constitution in nearly five decades. continue reading »

Cuban Writer Alejo Carpentier was Born in 1904

Today in Latin American history, Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier who is considered one of the best novelists of the 20th century was born in 1904. continue reading »

Chilean Rebels Defeat the Spanish at the Battle of Tucapel in 1553

Today in Latin American history, Mapuche rebels under Lautaro defeated the Spanish conquistadors and executed the governor of Chile, Pedro de Valdivia at the Battle of Tucapel in 1553. continue reading »

Latin Superstar Ricky Martin was Born in 1971

Today in Latin American history, Puerto Rican superstar Ricky Martin who has won multiple music awards was born in 1971. continue reading »

A 6.2 Earthquake Struck Nicaragua in 1972

Today in Latin American history, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes the Nicaraguan capital of Managua killing more than 10,000 in 1972. continue reading »

Archives of Terror Describing the Horrible Fates of Many Latin Americans Were Found in 1992

Today in Latin American history, the Archives of Terror which revealed the truths of Operation Condor were discovered in 1992. The archives were discovered by a lawyer and a judge in a Paraguayan police station continue reading »

Chilean Army Massacred 2,000 Protesting Miners in 1907

Today in Latin American history, the Chilean Army committed a massacre of at least 2,000 striking saltpeter miners in Iquique, Chile in 1907. continue reading »

Picasso Painting Stolen from Sao Paulo Museum in 2007

Today in Latin American history, Picasso's painting "Portrait of Suzanne Bloch" was stolen from the São Paulo Museum of Art, along with Portinari's "O Lavrador de Café" in 2007. continue reading »

Riots Erupted Over Economic Crisis in Argentina in 2001

Today in Latin American history, riots erupted in Buenos Aires over the economic crisis in Argentina in 2001. The riots were an uprising against the government of President Fernando de la Rúa, who had failed to contain the economic crisis that was going through its third year of recession. continue reading »

Spanish Singer Alejandro Sanz Was Born in 1968

Today in Latin American history, Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz who has had commercial success around the world was born in 1968. Sanz has won a total of fifteen Latin Grammy Awards and three Grammy Awards. He has won the Latin Grammy for Album of the Year three times, more than any other artist. continue reading »

“The Liberator” Simón Bolívar Died in 1830

Today in Latin American history, Venezuelan military leader Simón Bolívar who is known as "The Liberator" throughout Latin America died in 1830. continue reading »