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Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer was Born in 1907

Today in Latin American history, Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer who designed many buildings in Brasília was born in 1907. Niemeyer was key in the development of modern architecture. He also collaborated with other architects on the United Nation's Headquarters in New York City. continue reading »

Flash Flood Strikes Vargas, Venezuela in 1999

Today in Latin American history, torrential rains caused flash floods in Vargas, Venezuela, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths, the destruction of thousands of homes, and the complete collapse of the state's infrastructure in 1999. continue reading »

Mexican Actress Lupe Vélez Died in 1944

Today in Latin American history, Mexican actress Lupe Vélez who was known as the "Mexican Spitfire" died in 1944. Vélez began her career in Mexico as a dancer, before moving to the U.S. where she worked in vaudeville. Vélez was one of the first Mexican actresses to succeed in Hollywood. continue reading »

An 8.2 Earthquake and Tsunami Attacks Colombia and Ecuador in 1979

Today in Latin American history, an 8.2 earthquake and tsunami kill nearly 600 people in Colombia and Ecuador in 1979. The epicenter was just offshore from the border between Ecuador and Colombia, near the port city of Tumaco. continue reading »

Che Guevara Spoke at the UN in 1964

Today in Latin American history, Che Guevara spoke at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City in 1964. continue reading »

Democracy was Restored in Argentina in 1983

Today in Latin American history, democracy was restored in Argentina when President Raúl Alfonsín took office in 1983. Alfonsín, who won the general elections on October 30, 1983, was the first democratically elected president of Argentina following the military government known as the National Reorganization Process continue reading »

The Virgin of Guadalupe First Appeared to Mexican Juan Diego in 1531

Today in Latin American history, the Virgin of Guadalupe first appeared to Juan Diego at Tepeyac, Mexico City in 1531. The peasant Juan Diego saw on the slopes of the Hill of Tepeyac a vision of a girl of fifteen or sixteen years of age, surrounded by light. continue reading »

Bossa Nova Legend Who Composed “The Girl from Ipanema” Died in 1994

Today in Latin American history, Brazilian composer and arranger Antônio Carlos Jobim who composed "The Girl from Ipanema" died in 1994. continue reading »

Air Marshals Kill Costa Rican Who Allegedly Claimed to Have A Bomb on a Plane in 2005

Today in Latin American history, Costa Rican Rigoberto Alpizar, a passenger on American Airlines Flight 924 who allegedly claimed to have a bomb, was shot and killed by a team of U.S. federal air marshals at Miami International Airport in 2005. continue reading »

The Banana Massacre Occurred in Colombia in 1928

Today in Latin American history, the government of Colombia sent military forces to suppress a month-long strike by United Fruit Company workers, resulting in an unknown number of deaths in 1928. continue reading »

Christopher Columbus Sets Foot on Island of Hispaniola in 1492

Today in Latin American history, Christopher Columbus became the first European to set foot on the island of Hispaniola, now Haiti and the Dominican Republic in 1492. continue reading »

Spanish Dictator Francisco Franco Was Born in 1892

Today in Latin American history, dictator of Spain Francisco Franco who came to power after the Spanish civil war was born in 1892. Franco had authoritarian control of the country from 1939 to his death in November 1975. continue reading »

Peruvian Revolutionary Presidente Gonzalo was Born in 1934

Today in Latin American history, Peruvian revolutionary Abimael Guzmán, aka Presidente Gonzalo, who was the leader of the guerrilla group Shining Path was born in 1934. continue reading »

Fidel Castro Declared Cuba Would Adopt Communism in 1961

Today in Latin American history, in a nationally broadcast speech, Cuban leader Fidel Castro declared that he was a Marxist-Leninist and that Cuba was going to adopt Communism in 1961. continue reading »

Colombian Drug Lord Pablo Escobar Was Born in 1949

Today in Latin American history, Colombian drug lord and and narcoterrorist Pablo Escobar who was head of the Medellín Cartel was born in 1949. continue reading »

Costa Rica Signed Buenos Aires Convention in 1916

Today in Latin American history, Costa Rica became a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty in 1916. The Buenos Aires Convention provides for the mutual recognition of copyrights where the work carries a notice containing a statement of reservation of rights. continue reading »

Panamanian Baseball Player Mariano Rivera Was Born in 1969

Today in Latin American history, Panamanian baseball player Mariano Rivera who pitches for the New York Yankees was born in 1969. continue reading »

Panama Separated from Spain and Joined Gran Colombia in 1821

Today in Latin American history, Panama gained independence from Spain and joined Gran Colombia in 1821. continue reading »

Avianca Flight 203 Exploded Mid-flight Over Colombia in 1989

Today in Latin American history, Avianca Flight 203, exploded in mid-air over Colombia, 107 people were killed on board as well as 3 on the ground in 1989. continue reading »

Argentine Activist, Nobel Prize Winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel Was Born in 1931

Today in Latin American history, Argentine activist Adolfo Pérez Esquivel who won the Nobel Peace Prize was born in 1931. He is known for his stance against violence. continue reading »