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Cuban Fencer Ramón Fonst Who Won LatAm’s First Olympic Medal Died in 1959

Today in Latin American history, Cuban fencer Ramón Fonst who won 4 Olympic gold medals died in 1959. Fonst participated in fencing at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris for Cuba and won the gold medal in the épée, defeating French fencer Louis Perrée in the final. continue reading »

Battle of El Molino del Rey During the Mexican-American War Took Place in 1847

Today in Latin American history, the Battle of El Molino del Rey during the Mexican-American War took place in 1847. One of the bloodiest engagements, it was fought between Mexican forces under General Antonio Léon against an American force under General Winfield Scott at a hill called El Molino del Rey near Mexico City. continue reading »

Dom Pedro I Declared Brazil Independent From Portugal in 1822

Today in Latin American history, Dom Pedro I declared Brazil independent from Portugal in 1822. Pedro declared the independence of Brazil and, after waging a successful war against his father's kingdom, was acclaimed on October 12th as Pedro I, the first Emperor of Brazil. continue reading »

Christopher Columbus Began His First Trip to the New World in 1492

Today in Latin American history, Christopher Columbus left the Canary Islands beginning his first trip to the New World in 1492. Columbus departed from San Sebastián de La Gomera for what turned out to be a five-week voyage across the ocean. continue reading »

Fulgencio Batista Bombed a Revolt During the Cuban Revolution in 1957

Today in Latin American history, Fulgencio Batista bombed the revolt in Cienfuegos during the Cuban Revolution in 1957. The Cuban Revolution was an armed revolt conducted by Fidel Castro's 26th of July Movement and its allies against the government of Cuban President Fulgencio Batista. continue reading »

Los Angeles was Founded by 44 Mexican Settlers in 1781

Today in Latin American history, Los Angeles was founded by 44 Mexican settlers becoming part of Spanish California in 1781. Known as the Pobladores, the new townsfolk consisted of eleven families (11 men and 11 women) and 22 children of various Spanish castes. continue reading »

British Settlers Were Permitted to Cut Logwood in Belize in 1783

Today in Latin American history, the Treaty of Paris was signed permitting British settlers to cut logwood in Belize in 1783. While Spain first allowed by the British to engage in the logwood industry during the 1763 Treaty of Paris, the British introduced slavery to Belize. They imported thousands of slaves from Africa to cut logwood. continue reading »

A 7.6 Earthquake in Nicaragua Killed At Least 116 in 1992

Today in Latin American history, a 7.6 earthquake in Nicaragua killed at least 116 people in 1992. The 1992 Nicaragua earthquake was the first tsunami earthquake to be captured on modern broadband seismic networks. continue reading »

Cuban Singer Gloria Estefan aka the “Queen Of Latin Pop” was Born in 1957

Today in Latin American history, Cuban singer Gloria Estefan known as the "Queen Of Latin Pop" was born in 1957. continue reading »

Aeroméxico Flight 498 Collided with a Plane in California Killing 82 in 1986

Today in Latin American history, Aeroméxico Flight 498 collided with a plane in California killing 82 in 1986. continue reading »

Dominican-American Olympic Athlete Felix Sanchez was Born in 1977

Today in Latin American history, Dominican-American athlete Felix Sanchez who won 2 golds Olympic medals was born in 1977. Sanchez chose to represent the Dominican Republic internationally, and made his competition debut for that nation in the Pan American games in 1999. continue reading »

Portugal Recognized the Independence of Brazil in 1825

Today in Latin American history, Portugal finally recognized the Independence of Brazil in 1825. Although Brazil declared independence on September 7, 1822, Portugal did not recognize it until three years later. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Actor Luis Guzman was Born in 1956

Today in Latin American history, Puerto Rican actor Luis Guzmán who has played over 100 different roles was born in 1956. continue reading »

US fought Mexican Carrancistas in Only WWI Battle on American Soil

Today in LatAm history, US fought Mexican Carrancistas & German advisors in only WWI battle fought on US soil in 1918. continue reading »

Mexican Superstar Thalía was Born in 1971

Today in Latin American history, Mexican singer Thalía who is one of the best-selling latin musicians of all time was born in 1971. Born Ariadna Thalía Sodi Miranda, she is recognized as the most successful female solo Mexican artist internationally by media conglomerates such as Univision Communications, Televisa and TV Azteca. continue reading »

Uruguay Declared its Independence from Brazil & Spain in 1825

Today in Latin American history, Uruguay declared its independence from Brazil & Spain in 1825. continue reading »

Brazilian Author Paulo Coelho was Born in 1947

Today in Latin American history, Brazilian author Paulo Coelho who wrote "The Alchemist" was born in 1947. Coelho has published 30 books. Three of them – "The Pilgrimage," "The Valkyries" and "Aleph" – are autobiographical, while the majority of the rest are fictional, although rooted in his life experiences. continue reading »

Brazilian Bossa Nova Hit “The Girl From Ipanema” was First Heard in 1962

Today in Latin American history, the Brazilian bossa nova hit "The Girl From Ipanema" was first heard in 1962. The song was composed for a musical comedy titled Dirigível (Blimp), then a work-in-progress of Vinícius de Moraes. The original title was "Menina que Passa" ("The Girl Who Passes By"); the famous first verse was different. continue reading »

Pope Paul VI Was The First Pope to Visit Latin America in 1968

Today in Latin American history, Pope Paul VI arrived in Colombia, it was the first visit of a pope to Latin America in 1968. continue reading »

Raul Seixas aka the “Father of Brazilian Rock” Died in 1989

Today in Latin American history, Brazilian singer Raul Seixas known as the "Father of Brazilian Rock" died in 1989. Seixas had recorded over 21 albums during his 26-year career. continue reading »