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U.S. Ended the Search for Mexican Revolutionary Pancho Villa in 1917

Today in Latin American history, U.S. ended the search for Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa after 11 months in 1917. continue reading »

Honduran Constitutional Crisis Ended in 2010

Today in Latin American history, the 2009 Honduran constitutional crisis ended when Porfirio Lobo Sosa becomes the new President of Honduras in 2010. continue reading »

First European Stepped Foot on Brazil in 1500

Today in Latin American history, Vicente Yáñez Pinzón became the first European to set foot on Brazil in 1500. The Spanish explorer, who had commanded the Nina during Christopher Columbus' first expedition to the New World, reached the northeastern coast of Brazil during a voyage under his command. continue reading »

Pope John Paul II Demands Release of Cuban Political Prisoners in 1998

Today in Latin American history, during a historic visit to Cuba, Pope John Paul II demanded the release of political prisoners and political reforms while condemning US attempts to isolate the country in 1998. continue reading »

An 8.3 Earthquake Struck Chile Killing 28,000 in 1939

Today in Latin American history, the deadliest earthquake in Chilean history struck Chillán in 1939. The 8.3 earthquake killed an estimated 28,000 people, more than half of the city of Chillán was destroyed. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Actress and Dancer Chita Rivera was Born in 1933

Today in Latin American history, Puerto Rican actress and dancer Chita Rivera was born in 1933. Rivera is the first Hispanic woman and the only Latino American to receive a Kennedy Center Honors award. She also was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. continue reading »

Bolivia’s First Indigenous President Evo Morales Takes Office in 2006

Today in Latin American history, Evo Morales was inaugurated as President of Bolivia, becoming the country's first indigenous president in 2006. continue reading »

Ecuadorians Launched a Coup d’Etat in 2000

Today in Latin American history, a coup d'etat in Ecuador deposed President Jamil Mahuad in 2000. After the Ecuadorian Congress is seized by indigenous organizations, Col. Lucio Gutierrez, Carlos Solorzano and Antonio Vargas depose President Jamil Mahuad. continue reading »

Chile Defeated an Alliance Between Peru and Bolivia in the Battle of Yungay in 1839

Today in Latin American history, Chile defeated an alliance between Peru and Bolivia in the Battle of Yungay in 1839. The alliance formed Chilean Army led by Chilean General in Chief Manuel Bulnes and force of Peruvians opposed to Santa Cruz, decisively defeated the Confederate Army commanded by Santa Cruz after six hours of combat in the battlefield of Yungay, in northern Peru, 200 km north of Lima. continue reading »

LatAm Troops Crossed the Andes to Liberate Chile, Peru in 1817

Today in Latin American history, an army of 5,423 soldiers, led by General José de San Martín, crossed the Andes from Argentina to liberate Chile and then Peru in 1817. continue reading »

Spanish Conquistador Founded Lima, Peru in 1535

Today in Latin American history, Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro founded Lima, the capital of Peru in 1535. continue reading »

Spanish Troops Defeat the Mexicans at the Battle of Calderón Bridge in 1811

Today in Latin American history, a heavily outnumbered Spanish force of 6,000 troops defeats nearly 100,000 Mexican revolutionaries at the Battle of Calderón Bridge in 1811. continue reading »

First Edition of Don Quixote is Published in 1605

Today in Latin American history, the first edition of "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha" (Book 1 of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes was published in Madrid, Spain in 1605. continue reading »

Christopher Columbus Set Sail for Spain From the New World in 1493

Today in Latin American history, Christopher Columbus set sail for Spain from Hispaniola, ending his first voyage to the New World in 1493. continue reading »

Mexican Actor Ricardo Montalbán Died in 2009

Today in Latin American history, Mexican Actor Ricardo Montalbán who played over 160 roles died in 2009. Montalbán career spanning seven decades, he is most recognized for his role as Mr. Roarke in Fantasy Island. continue reading »

The Treaty of Cahuenga Ended the Mexican–American War in 1847

Today in Latin American history, the Treaty of Cahuenga ended the Mexican–American War in California in 1847. It was not a formal treaty between nations but an informal agreement between rival military forces in which the Californios gave up fighting. continue reading »

Brazilian Composer Luiz Bonfá Died in 2001

Today in Latin American history, Brazilian composer Luiz Bonfá died in 2001. Bonfá was a celebrated Bossa Nova composer who best known for the "Black Orpheus" soundtrack. The film won many film festival awards as well as an Academy Award. The success of the movie promoted Bonfá's music internationally. continue reading »

Flash Flood Struck Rio de Janeiro in 1966

Today in Latin American history, a flash flood struck Rio de Janeiro, Brazil killing 400 and displacing 50,000 in 1966. More than 10 inches of rain fell in 12 hours, causing a flash flood. continue reading »

Chilean Nobel Prize Winner Gabriela Mistral Died in 1957

Today in Latin American history, Chilean writer Gabriela Mistral who won the Nobel Prize in Literature 1945 died in 1957. She was the first Latin American, and, so far, the only Latin American woman, to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. continue reading »

22 Were Killed After Trying to Raise the Panamanian Flag on the U.S.-controlled Panama in 1964

Today in Latin American history, 22 Panamanians were killed in a fight that broke out between Panamanians in Panama City and U.S. citizens living in the Canal Zone in 1964. continue reading »