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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 »

Mexican Controlled Nacogdoches, Texas is Declared the Republic of Fredonia in 1826

Today in Latin American history, Benjamin W. Edwards rides into Mexican controlled Nacogdoches, Texas and declares himself ruler of the Republic of Fredonia in 1826. continue reading »

Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer was Born in 1907

Today in Latin American history, Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer who designed many buildings in Brasília was born in 1907. Niemeyer was key in the development of modern architecture. He also collaborated with other architects on the United Nation's Headquarters in New York City. continue reading »

Flash Flood Strikes Vargas, Venezuela in 1999

Today in Latin American history, torrential rains caused flash floods in Vargas, Venezuela, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths, the destruction of thousands of homes, and the complete collapse of the state's infrastructure in 1999. continue reading »

Mexican Actress Lupe Vélez Died in 1944

Today in Latin American history, Mexican actress Lupe Vélez who was known as the "Mexican Spitfire" died in 1944. Vélez began her career in Mexico as a dancer, before moving to the U.S. where she worked in vaudeville. Vélez was one of the first Mexican actresses to succeed in Hollywood. continue reading »

An 8.2 Earthquake and Tsunami Attacks Colombia and Ecuador in 1979

Today in Latin American history, an 8.2 earthquake and tsunami kill nearly 600 people in Colombia and Ecuador in 1979. The epicenter was just offshore from the border between Ecuador and Colombia, near the port city of Tumaco. continue reading »

Che Guevara Spoke at the UN in 1964

Today in Latin American history, Che Guevara spoke at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City in 1964. continue reading »

Democracy was Restored in Argentina in 1983

Today in Latin American history, democracy was restored in Argentina when President Raúl Alfonsín took office in 1983. Alfonsín, who won the general elections on October 30, 1983, was the first democratically elected president of Argentina following the military government known as the National Reorganization Process continue reading »

The Virgin of Guadalupe First Appeared to Mexican Juan Diego in 1531

Today in Latin American history, the Virgin of Guadalupe first appeared to Juan Diego at Tepeyac, Mexico City in 1531. The peasant Juan Diego saw on the slopes of the Hill of Tepeyac a vision of a girl of fifteen or sixteen years of age, surrounded by light. continue reading »

Bossa Nova Legend Who Composed “The Girl from Ipanema” Died in 1994

Today in Latin American history, Brazilian composer and arranger Antônio Carlos Jobim who composed "The Girl from Ipanema" died in 1994. continue reading »

Air Marshals Kill Costa Rican Who Allegedly Claimed to Have A Bomb on a Plane in 2005

Today in Latin American history, Costa Rican Rigoberto Alpizar, a passenger on American Airlines Flight 924 who allegedly claimed to have a bomb, was shot and killed by a team of U.S. federal air marshals at Miami International Airport in 2005. continue reading »

The Banana Massacre Occurred in Colombia in 1928

Today in Latin American history, the government of Colombia sent military forces to suppress a month-long strike by United Fruit Company workers, resulting in an unknown number of deaths in 1928. continue reading »

Christopher Columbus Sets Foot on Island of Hispaniola in 1492

Today in Latin American history, Christopher Columbus became the first European to set foot on the island of Hispaniola, now Haiti and the Dominican Republic in 1492. continue reading »

Spanish Dictator Francisco Franco Was Born in 1892

Today in Latin American history, dictator of Spain Francisco Franco who came to power after the Spanish civil war was born in 1892. Franco had authoritarian control of the country from 1939 to his death in November 1975. continue reading »

Peruvian Revolutionary Presidente Gonzalo was Born in 1934

Today in Latin American history, Peruvian revolutionary Abimael Guzmán, aka Presidente Gonzalo, who was the leader of the guerrilla group Shining Path was born in 1934. continue reading »

Fidel Castro Declared Cuba Would Adopt Communism in 1961

Today in Latin American history, in a nationally broadcast speech, Cuban leader Fidel Castro declared that he was a Marxist-Leninist and that Cuba was going to adopt Communism in 1961. continue reading »