Today in Latin American History
Brazilian Bossa Nova Hit “The Girl From Ipanema” was First Heard in 1962
Photo: The Girl From Ipanema
Today in Latin American history, the Brazilian bossa nova hit “The Girl From Ipanema” was first heard in 1962.
The song was composed for a musical comedy titled Dirigível (Blimp), then a work-in-progress of Vinícius de Moraes. The original title was “Menina que Passa” (“The Girl Who Passes By”); the famous first verse was different.
The song was inspired by Heloísa Eneida Menezes Paes Pinto, a seventeen-year-old girl living on Montenegro Street in the fashionable Ipanema district in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, former President of Colombia Clímaco Calderón who was only president 1 day was born in 1852
- Today in LatAm history, former President of Brazil Deodoro da Fonseca who was the country’s first president died in 1892
- Today in LatAm history, Dominican baseball player Julio Franco who played for the Atlanta Braves was born in 1958
- Today in LatAm history, Puerto Rican baseball player Raul Casanova who caught for the Detroit Tigers was born in 1972
- Today in LatAm history, Costa Rican footballer Douglas Sequeira who plays for the National team was born in 1977