Today in Latin American History
33 Chilean Miners Were Rescued After 69 Days Underground in 2010
Photo: Trapped Chilean miners
Today in Latin American history, all 33 Chilean miners were rescued following 69 days underground after a mining accident in 2010.
The buried men, who became known as “Los 33” (“The 33”), were trapped 2,300 feet underground and about 3 miles from the mine’s entrance via spiraling underground service ramps.
The rescue effort cost $20 Million and was seen by an estimated 1 billion viewers around the world.
Various lawsuits and investigations resulting from the accident were still pending as of March 2011. On August 1, 2013, after a three-year investigation, it ended with no charges filed.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, former President of Mexico Manuel Ávila Camacho who was in office 1940-46 died in 1955
- Today in LatAm history, Cuban high jumper Javier Sotomayor who won silver & gold Olympic medals was born in 1967
- Today in LatAm history, Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crashed in the Andes mountains near Argentina & Chile in 1972
- Today in LatAm history, Argentine painter & illustrator Antonio Berni known for his political art died in 1981