Today in Latin American History
Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid Were Killed in Bolivia in 1908
Photo: Butch Cassidy
Today in Latin American history, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were reportedly killed in San Vicente, Bolivia in 1908.
Born Robert Leroy Parker, Butch Cassidy, was a notorious American train robber, bank robber, and leader of the Wild Bunch Gang in the American Old West.
After pursuing a career in crime for several years in the United States, the pressures of being pursued, notably by the Pinkerton Detective Agency, forced him to flee with an accomplice, Harry Alonzo Longabaugh, known as the Sundance Kid, and Longabaugh’s girlfriend, Etta Place.
The trio fled first to Argentina and then to Bolivia, where Parker and Longabaugh were probably killed in a shootout in November 1908.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Jesús García saved a Mexican town by driving a burning train away before it exploded in 1907
- Today in LatAm history, Costa Rican footballer Alexandre Guimarães who played & managed the National team was born in 1959
- Today in LatAm history, Argentine footballer Martín Palermo who played for the National team & was born in 1973