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UN Brokered Ceasefire Between Peru, Ecuador in 1995

Today in Latin American history, the Cenepa War between Peru and Ecuador ended on a cease-fire brokered by the UN in 1995. The war was a brief and localized military conflict between Ecuador and Peru, fought over control of a disputed area on the border between the two countries. continue reading »

Fidel Castro Became Premier of Cuba in 1959

Today in Latin American history, Fidel Castro became Premier of Cuba after dictator Fulgencio Batista was overthrown on January 1 in 1959. continue reading »

USS Maine Exploded, Leading to Spanish-American War in 1898

Today in Latin American history, the USS Maine exploded and sinks in Havana harbor in Cuba, killing more than 260 in 1898. continue reading »

The War of the Pacific Broke Out in 1879

Today in Latin American history, the War of the Pacific broke out when Chilean armed forces occupied the Bolivian port city of Antofagasta in 1879. continue reading »

One of the Río Negro Massacres Occurred in Guatemala in 1982

Today in Latin American history, one of the Río Negro massacres took place in Guatemala in 1982. On the day of the massacre, 74 people from Río Negro (55 men and 19 women) went to Xococ to recover the identity cards. Once there, they were executed by the patrollers. continue reading »

Ecuador Annexed the Galápagos Islands in 1832

Today in Latin American history, Ecuador annexed the Galápagos Islands in 1832. Spanish explores first found the islands in 1535. continue reading »

Panamanian Dictator Manuel Noriega was Born in 1934

Today in Latin American history, Panamanian general and dictator Manuel Noriega who ran the country from 1983-1989 was born in 1934. continue reading »

Drug Trafficker Ramón Arellano Félix Died in 2002

Today in Latin American history, Mexican drug trafficker Ramón Arellano Félix who was a member of the Tijuana drug cartel died in 2002. continue reading »

“The Brazilian Bombshell” Carmen Miranda was Born in 1909

Today in Latin American history, Brazilian actress Carmen Miranda who was also known as "The Brazilian Bombshell" was born in 1909. After establishing a successful singing and acting career in Brazil, Lee Shubert signed Miranda and her band to a contract in 1939. continue reading »

The Allende Meteorite Fell Near Chihuahua in 1969

Today in Latin American history, the Allende meteorite fell near Pueblito de Allende, Chihuahua, Mexico in 1969. The Allende meteorite is the largest carbonaceous chondrite ever found on Earth. continue reading »

U.S. Banned All Cuban Imports and Exports in 1962

Today in Latin American history, the United States banned all Cuban imports and exports in 1962. In response to the Cuban alignment with the Soviet Union during the Cold War, President John F. Kennedy extended measures by Executive Order. continue reading »

The Treaty of Paris was Ratified by the U.S. Senate in 1899

Today in Latin American history, the Treaty of Paris, a peace treaty between the United States and Spain, was ratified by the United States Senate in 1899. continue reading »

Mexico Adopted the Current Constitution in 1917

Today in Latin American history, the current constitution of Mexico was adopted, establishing a federal republic with powers separated into independent executive, legislative, and judicial branches in 1917. continue reading »

7.5 Earthquake Killed more than 22,000 in Guatemala and Honduras in 1976

Today in Latin American history, a 7.5 earthquake killed more than 22,000 in Guatemala and Honduras in 1976. The earthquake struck during the early morning (at 3:01 am, local time) when most people were asleep. This contributed to the high death toll of 23,000. continue reading »

Ritchie Valens was Killed on “The Day the Music Died” in 1959

Today in Latin American history, a plane crashed near Clear Lake, Iowa killing Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, and pilot Roger Peterson in an incident that became known as "The Day the Music Died" in 1959. continue reading »

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was Signed in 1848

Today in Latin American history, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed ending the Mexican-American War in 1848. The war ended in favor of the United States of America. continue reading »

The Joelma Building Fire Killed 189, Injured 293 in Sao Paulo in 1974

Today in Latin American history, a fire in the 25-story Joelma Building in Sao Paulo, Brazil killed 189 and injured 293 in 1974. At 8:50am on 1 February 1974, an air conditioning unit on the twelfth floor overheated, starting a fire. continue reading »

President Clinton Authorized $20 Billion Loan to Mexico in 1995

Today in Latin American history, President Bill Clinton authorized a $20 billion loan to Mexico to stabilize its economy in 1995. continue reading »

A Fire Destroyed Two-thirds of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico in 1841

Today in Latin American history, a fire destroyed two-thirds of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico in 1841. The fire burned 300 out of the 500 existing housing units in town. continue reading »

Brazilian Martial Artist Hélio Gracie Died in 2009

Today in Latin American history, Brazilian martial artist Hélio Gracie who was the 1st sports hero in Brazil died in 2009. continue reading »