Today in Latin American History
Argentine First Lady Eva “Evita” Peron was Born in 1919
Photo: Eva "Evita" Perón
Today in Latin American history, Argentine first lady and actress Eva “Evita” Perón who was in office in 1952 was born in 1919.
The second wife of President Juan Perón, Evita is credited with speaking on behalf of labor rights, fought for women’s suffrage, and ran the nation’s first large-scale female political party, the Female Peronist Party.
In 1952, shortly before her death from cancer at the age of 33, Eva Perón was given the title of “Spiritual Leader of the Nation” by the Argentine Congress.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, U.S. Marines attacked Panama to protect American interests during hostilities within the government in 1873
- Today in LatAm history, Peruvian Víctor Raúl Haya de la Torre formed political party APRA, Alianza Popular Revolutionaria Americana in 1924
- Today in LatAm history, Panamanian voters reject dictator Manuel Noriega’s bid for presidency in 1989
- Today in LatAm history, Puerto Rican jockey Angel Cordero retired after winning over 7,000 races in 1992