Today in Latin American History
36-Year Long Guatemalan Civil War Ended in 1996
Photo: Guatemalan civil war
Today in Latin American history, Guatemala and leaders of Guatemalan National Revolutionary Union sign a peace accord ending a 36-year civil war in 1996.
It was mostly fought between the government of Guatemala and various leftist rebel groups mainly supported by Mayan indigenous people and poor peasants.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, the Republic of Texas, which had been independent since the Texas Revolution of 1836, was admitted as the 28th U.S. state in 1845
- Today in LatAm history, former President of Mexico Venustiano Carranza who was in office 1914-1920 was born in 1859
- Today in LatAm history, Mexican painter David Alfaro Siqueiros who painted many famous murals was born in 1896
- Today in LatAm history, Mexican actor Diego Luna who starred in “Y tu mamá también” and “Milk” was born in 1979
- Today in LatAm history, president of Brazil Fernando Collor de Mello tries to resign amidst corruption charges, but is then impeached in 1992