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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 »

Air France Flight 447 Crashed Off the Coast of Brazil in 2009

Today in Latin American history, Air France Flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic off the coast of Brazil killing 228 in 2009. The deadliest in the history of Air France, the investigation was difficult because authorities were unable to locate the wreckage. continue reading »

Mexican President Porfirio Díaz fled the country during the Mexican Revolution in 1911

Today in Latin American history, President of Mexico Porfirio Díaz fled the country during the Mexican Revolution in 1911. Porfirio Díaz's days were numbered when Francisco I. Madero had gathered much popular support during an election. But when the government announced the official results, Díaz was proclaimed to have been re-elected almost unanimously, with Madero gathering only a minuscule number of votes. continue reading »

Christopher Columbus Departed for his Third Voyage to the New World in 1498

Today in Latin American history, Christopher Columbus left Sanlúcar, Spain for his Third trip to the New World in 1498. The King and Queen of Spain allowed Columbus to organize a third trip to the New World with the goal of resupplying the colonists and continuing the search for a new trade route to the Orient. continue reading »

Emperor Maximilian I Of Mexico Arrived In Mexico For The First Time In 1864

Today in Latin American history, Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico arrived in Mexico for the first time in 1864. Maximilian and Charlotte arrived in May of 1864 and set up their official residence at Chapultepec Castle. continue reading »

British, Argentine Forces Clashed at the Battle of Goose Green in 1982

Today in Latin American history, British forces defeated the Argentines at the Battle of Goose Green in 1982. The Battle for Goose Green was the first major land conflict of the Falklands War that lasted 40-hours, during which 17 British troops and 47 Argentine soldiers lost their lives. continue reading »

Bolivian Women Stood Up to Spanish Troops at the Battle of La Coronilla in 1812

Today in Latin American history, Bolivian women from Cochabamba fought the Spanish army at the Battle of La Coronilla in 1812. During the Bolivian War of Independence, the women fighting for the country's independence were slaughtered by the Spanish army. continue reading »

Andean Community of Nations was Established in 1969

Today in Latin American history, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador & Peru created the Andean Community of Nations (Comunidad Andina) in 1969. The Community is comprised of 98 million inhabitants living in an area of 4,700,000 square kilometers. continue reading »

Mexican President, Dictator Jose Porfirio Diaz’s Term Ended in 1911

Today in Latin American history, Mexican President and dictator Jose Porfirio Diaz's term ended in 1911. Ruling since 1876, these years are known as the Porfiriato. continue reading »

Ecuadorian President Aguilera Died in Plane Crash in 1981

Today in Latin American history, Ecuadorian President Jaime Roldós Aguilera, his wife & his committee died in a plane crash in 1981. A plane carrying the President, Minister of Defense, assistants and their spouses crashed into the Huairapungo Mountain, in Celica Canton of Loja Province. The crash left no survivors. continue reading »

Simón Bolívar was declared “El Libertador” in 1813

Today in Latin American history, Simón Bolívar was declared "El Libertador" after restoring the Venezuelan Republic in 1813. In 1813 Bolívar was given a military command in Tunja, New Granada (modern day Colombia), under the direction of the Congress of United Provinces of New Granada, which had formed out of the juntas established in 1810. continue reading »

The Great Chilean Earthquake Struck in 1960

Today in Latin American history, the Great Chilean Earthquake, which was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded, hit southern Chile in 1960. continue reading »

Civil Unrest in Argentina, Known as Rosariazo, Broke Out in 1969

Today in Latin American history, civil unrest in Argentina, known as Rosariazo, following the death of a 15 year-old student broke out in 1969. continue reading »

Conquistadors Massacred Aztec Nobles During a Festival in 1520

Today in Latin American history, conquistadors attacked a traditional festival, slaughtering hundreds of unarmed Aztec nobles in 1520. Spanish conquistadors had a tentative hold on Tenochtitlan, now called Mexico City, Aztec nobles asked Pedro de Alvarado for permission to hold a traditional festival, and he permitted it. continue reading »

SAM Colombia Flight 501 Crashed into Mountain in 1993

Today in Latin American history, SAM Colombia Flight 501 crashed into mountain at Medellin, Colombia killing 132 on board in 1993. The crew had reported they were approaching Medellín and were cleared to descend. The 727 had actually not yet reached the location they had given thus they descended into mountainous terrain. continue reading »

Nicaraguan Revolutionary Leader Augusto Nicolás Calderón Sandino was Born in 1895

Today in Latin American history, Nicaraguan revolutionary Augusto Nicolás Calderón Sandino was born in 1895. Sandino was the leader of a rebellion between 1927 and 1933 against the U.S. military occupation of Nicaragua. Sandino was the leader of a rebellion between 1927 and 1933 against the U.S. military occupation of Nicaragua . continue reading »

Maoist Guerrilla Group Attacked a Polling Location in Peru in 1980

Today in Latin American history, Maoist guerrilla group attacked a polling location in Peru, starting Internal conflict in 1980. On the eve of the presidential elections, Shining Path burned ballot boxes in the town of Chuschi. It was the first "act of war" by the Shining Path. continue reading »