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Simon Bolivar Organized the Congress of Panama Hoping to Unify LatAm in 1826

Today in Latin American history, Simon Bolivar organized the Congress of Panama hoping to unify Latin America against Spain in 1826. Held in Panama City from June 22 to July 15, the meeting proposed creating a league of American republics, with a common military, a mutual defense pact, and a supranational parliamentary assembly. continue reading »

Former President of Mexico Antonio López de Santa Anna Died in 1876

Today in Latin American history, former President of Mexico Antonio López de Santa Anna died in 1876. Sometimes called "the Napoleon of the West," he was a Mexican political leader, general, and eleven-time president who greatly influenced early Mexican politics and government. continue reading »

150 People Died at the Teatro Yaguez FIre in Puerto Rico in 1919

Today in LatAm history, 150 died at the Teatro Yaguez fire in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico in 1919. The wooden structure of Teatro Yaguez was destroyed in the fire. continue reading »

Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico was Executed in 1869

Today in Latin American history, Maximilian I of the Mexican Empire was executed by a firing squad in Querétaro in 1867. He was proclaimed Emperor of Mexico on 10 April 1864, with the backing of Napoleon III of France and a group of Mexican monarchists who sought to revive the Mexican monarchy. continue reading »

U.S. National Guards Began Working the U.S.-Mexico Border in 2006

Today in Latin American history, National Guards began working the 2000 mile U.S.-Mexico border to fight undocumented immigration in 2006. Known as Operation Jump Start, President George W. Bush ordered tightened border security and the construction of a border fence. continue reading »

Mexican Singer Paulina Rubio was Born in 1971

Today in Latin American history, Mexican singer Paulina Rubio was born in 1971. An original member of the pop group Timbiriche (1981-91), Rubio began a solo career and has sold over 20 million albums worldwide as a solo artist. continue reading »

Panamanian Boxer Roberto Durán aka “Manos de Piedra” was Born in 1951

Today in Latin American history, Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán whose nickname was "Manos de Piedra" (Hands of Stone) was born in 1951. Regarded as one of the top boxers of all time, the Associated Press voted Duran as the #1 lightweight of the 20th century. continue reading »

Simon Bolivar Signed the Decree of War to the Death Against Spaniards in 1813

Today in Latin American history, Venezuelan Simon Bolivar signed the Decree of War to the Death against Spaniards in 1813. The Decree of War to the Death, was a decree issued by the South American separatist leader, Simón Bolívar, which permitted murder and any atrocities whatsoever to be committed against civilians born in Spain (or the Canary Islands), other than those actively assisting South American independence, and furthermore exonerated Latin Americans who had already committed such murders and atrocities. continue reading »

Argentine Forces Surrendered to British Forces Ending the Falkland War in 1982

Today in Latin American history, Argentine forces unconditionally surrendered to British forces ending the Falklands War in 1982. Beginning on Friday 2 April 1982, Argentine forces invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. continue reading »

Brazilian “Patriarch of Independence” Jose Bonifacio de Andrade e Silva was Born in 1763

Today in Latin American history, Brazilian "Patriarch of Independence" José Bonifácio de Andrade e Silva was born in 1763. One of the most important mentors of Brazilian independence, he supported public education and abolishing slavery. continue reading »

Honduran National Hero José Trinidad Reyes was Born in 1797

Today in Latin American history, Honduran national hero José Trinidad Reyes who insisted on education for all was born in 1797. Father José Trinidad Reyes y Sevilla was a fighter against poverty and its causes, assisting the poor and insisting on their right to education in matters of faith, culture and science. continue reading »

Bolivia, Paraguay Called a Truce Ending the Chaco War in 1935

Today in LatAm history, a truce was called between Bolivia & Paraguay who fought since 1932 in the Chaco War in 1935. The war was the result of a territory dispute between Bolivia and Paraguay. continue reading »

Guatemalan Writer, Nobel Laureate Miguel Ángel Asturias Died in 1974

Today in Latin American history, Guatemalan writer and Nobel laureate Miguel Ángel Asturias died in 1974. One of Asturias' most famous novels, El Señor Presidente, describes life under a ruthless dictator. continue reading »

Argentine Air Attack Killed 56 British Servicemen in 1982

Today in Latin American history, 56 British servicemen were killed by Argentine air attack on two landing ships in 1982. The Bluff Cove Air Attacks occurred during the Falklands War. British troop transport ships were bombed by the Argentine Air Force (FAA) whilst unloading, with significant damage and casualties. continue reading »

Spain, Portugal Signed the Treaty of Tordesillas Dividing the New World in 1494

Today in Latin American history, Spain and Portugal signed the Treaty of Tordesillas which divided the New World in 1494. continue reading »

Remains of Josef Mengele, the “Angel of Death,” were Exhumed in Brazil in 1985

Today in Latin American history, the remains of Josef Mengele, Auschwitz's "Angel of Death," were exhumed in Brazil in 1985. continue reading »

Mexican Revolutionary Pancho Villa was Born in 1878

Today in Latin American history, Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa who was also Governor of Chihuahua was born in 1878. While living as a fugitive, Pancho Villa joined Francisco Madero's successful uprising against Mexican dictator Porfirio Díaz, and, due to his skills as a fighter and leader, Villa was made a colonel. continue reading »

Chilean President Montero Resigned & the Socialist Republic of Chile Came to Power in 1932

Today in Latin American history, President Juan Esteban Montero resigned & the Socialist Republic of Chile came to power in 1932. Colonel Marmaduke Grove staged a coup d'état by taking over the Air Force base of El Bosque, in Santiago, and demanding the resignation of President Montero. continue reading »

U.S. Sailors, Marines Clash With Latino Youths in the Zoot Suit Riots in 1943

Today in Latin American history, white U.S. Navy sailors & Marines clashed with Latino youths in the Zoot Suit Riots in 1943. They were a series of riots in 1943 during World War II that broke out in Los Angeles, California, between white sailors and Marines stationed throughout the city and Latino youths, who were recognizable by the zoot suits they favored. Mexican Americans and military servicemen were the main parties in the riots, and some African American and Filipino-American youth were involved as well. continue reading »

Police Broke Up Fights Between Chilean & Italian Players During the World Cup in 1962

Today in Latin American history, police had to break up fights between Chilean & Italian players during FIFA World Cup in 1962. The already heightened tensions between the two football teams were exacerbated by the description of Santiago in crude terms by two Italian journalists. continue reading »