Today in Latin American History
5-year-old Peruvian Became the Youngest Confirmed Mother in 1939
Photo: Lina Medina
Today in Latin American history, Lina Medina of Peru became the youngest confirmed mother in medical history at 5 years old in 1939.
Medina gave birth at the age of five years, seven months and 17 days.
She was originally thought to have had a tumor, but her doctors determined she was in her seventh month of pregnancy.
Although Lina’s father was arrested on suspicion of child sexual abuse, he was later released due to lack of evidence, and the biological father who impregnated Lina was never identified.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Paraguay declared its independence from Spain after a bloodless revolution in 1811
- Today in LatAm history, Mexico & Texas signed the Treaties of Velasco, where Texas hoped to define border & independence in 1836
- Today in LatAm history, the government of Ecuador established what will become the Galapagos National Park in 1936
- Today in LatAm history, Cuban baseball player Tony Perez who played for the Cincinnati Reds was born in 1942
- Today in LatAm history, baseball player Dennis Martínez who was first Nicaraguan to play in Major League Baseball was born in 1955
- Today in LatAm history, Uruguayan footballer Gustavo Varela who played for the National team & Club Nacional de Football was born in 1978