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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 »

Colombian Actress Sofia Vergara was Born in 1972

Today in Latin American history, Colombian actress Sofia Vergara who stars on Modern Family was born in 1972. Vergara began acting in the late 1990s and got her start in Hollywood in the early 2000s. continue reading »

Argentina Declared Independence From Spain in 1816

Today in Latin American history, Argentina declared independence from Spain in 1816. The Congress of Tucumán declared the independence of the United Provinces of South America, which is still today one of the legal names of the Argentine Republic. continue reading »

An 8.7 Earthquake Struck Chile Later Causing a Tsunami in 1730

Today in Latin American history, Valparaiso, Chile was hit by an 8.7 earthquake and later tsunami killing 300 in 1730. The earthquake caused severe damage from La Serena to Chillan, while the tsunami affected more than 1,000 km (621.37 mi) of Chile's coastline. continue reading »

Che Guevara Set Out on a Trip Throughout LatAm in 1953

Today in Latin American history, Ernesto "Che" Guevara set out on a trip through Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, and Costa Rica in 1953. He eventually settled for a while in Guatemala, at the time experimenting with significant land reform under President Jacobo Arbenz. continue reading »

Mexican Painter Frida Kahlo was Born in 1907

Today in Latin American history, Mexican painter Frida Kahlo who was known for her self-portraits was born in 1907. Kahlo began painting after she was severely injured in a bus accident, she became one of Mexico's greatest artists. continue reading »

Venezuela Declared Independence from Spain in 1811

Today in Latin American history, Venezuela declared independence from Spain in 1811. Venezuelans made the decision to break away from the Spanish Crown in order to establish a new nation based on the premises of equality of individuals, abolition of censorship and dedication to freedom of expression. continue reading »

Argentine-Spanish Footballer Alfredo Di Stéfano was Born in 1926

Today in Latin American history, Argentine-Spanish footballer Alfredo Di Stéfano who played for Real Madrid was born in 1926. Di Stéfano won the European Champions' Cup five seasons in a row in the 1950s. continue reading »

The Constitution of Puerto Rico was Approved by the U.S. Congress in 1952

Today in Latin American history, the Constitution of Puerto Rico was approved by the Congress of the United States in 1952. The United States government authorized Puerto Rico to draft its own constitution. continue reading »

Vicente Fox was Elected President of Mexico in 2000

Today in Latin American history, Vicente Fox was elected President of México in 2000. Fox was elected President of Mexico in the 2000 presidential election, a historically significant election that made him the first president elected from an opposition party since Francisco I. continue reading »

Former President of Argentina Juan Perón Died in 1974

Today in Latin American history, former President of Argentina Juan Perón died in 1974. Perón became president of Argentina after the 1943 coup that overthrew the ineffective civilian government. continue reading »

Hernán Cortés, Spanish Conquistadors Fought Their Way Out of Tenochtitlan in 1520

Today in Latin American history, Spanish conquistadors led by Hernán Cortés fought their way out of Tenochtitlan, Mexico in 1520. continue reading »

Brazilian Football Allstar Júnior was Born in 1954

Today in Latin American history, Brazilian football allstar Júnior who played on the National team was born in 1954. He was known for his technique and teamwork as well as his versatility, playing at left back and on the left of midfield for Brazil due to his two footedness whilst often playing midfielder at club level. continue reading »