Today in Latin American History
6 Teenage Mexican Cadets Died Defending Chapultepec Castle in 1847
Photo: Niños Héroes
Today in Latin American history, six teenage Mexican cadets known as Niños Héroes died defending Chapultepec Castle in 1847.
At the time, Mexico City’s Chapultepec Castle was serving as the Mexican Army’s military academy, the Héroes defended the Castle from invading U.S. forces during the Mexican–American War.
One of the cadets, Juan Escutia, wrapped himself with the Mexican flag and jumped from the roof of the castle to keep it from falling into enemy hands.
The cadets were between the ages of 13 to 19.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Mayan Ruler of Palenque K’inich Ahkal Mo’ Naab’ III also known as Pakal the Great was born in 678
- Today in LatAm history, U.S. General Winfield Scott entered Mexico City & raised flag over Hall of Montezuma in 1847
- Today in LatAm history, former President of Cuba Ramón Grau who was in office 1944-48 was born in 1882
- Today in LatAm history, former President of Costa Rica Óscar Arias who won the Nobel Peace Prize was born in 1940
- Today in LatAm history, Puerto Rican baseballer Bernie Williams who played for New York Yankees was born in 1968
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian basketball player Nenê who plays for the National team & Washington Wizards was born in 1982
- Today in LatAm history, Mexican chemist Luis E. Miramontes who is known as a Top Chemical Engineer of all time died in 2004