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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 »

Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was Ousted Over Plans to Rewrite the Constitution in 2009

Today in Latin American history, Honduran president Manuel Zelaya Rosales was ousted over plans to rewrite the constitution in 2009. continue reading »

Mexican Serial Killer Ángel Maturino Reséndiz aka “The Railway Killer” was Killed in 2006

Today in LatAm history, Mexican serial killer Ángel Maturino Reséndiz known as "The Railway Killer" was killed in 2006. He was responsible for as many as 15 murders across the United States and Mexico during the 1990s. continue reading »

Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro was Assassinated in Peru in 1541

Today in Latin American history, Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro was assassinated in Lima, Peru in 1541. In 1509, Pizarro sailed from Spain to the New World and served as the mayor and magistrate of Panama City from 1519 to 1523. continue reading »

Spanish Architect Antoni Gaudí was Born in 1852

Today in Latin American history, Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí was born in 1852. Between 1984 and 2005, seven of his works were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. continue reading »

Argentine footballer Lionel Messi was Born in 1987

Today in Latin American history, Argentine footballer Lionel Messi who plays for the National team & FC Barcelona was born in 1987. Messi has been regarded as the best footballer in the world and as one of the greatest players in history. continue reading »

Stampede at Argentine Stadium Killed 74, Injured 150 in 1968

Today in Latin American history, stampede towards a closed exit at Argentine football stadium killed 74, injured 150 in 1968. continue reading »

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 »