Today in Latin American History
Chilean Poet and Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda Died in 1973
Photo: Pablo Neruda
Today in Latin American history, Chilean poet Pablo Neruda who won the 1971 Nobel Prize in Literature died in 1973.
Once referred to as “the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language” by Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez, Neruda wrote in a variety of styles.
He often wrote in green ink as it was his personal symbol for desire and hope with his poetry.
Neruda won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Uruguayan soldier José Gervasio Artigas aka “the father of nationhood” died in 1850
- Today in LatAm history, Grito de Lares (“Lares Revolt”) occurred in Puerto Rico against Spanish rule in 1868
- Today in LatAm history, the first (and only) female Governor of Puerto Rico Sila María Calderón was born in 1942
- Today in LatAm history, Cuban baseball player Tony Fossas who pitched for the Boston Red Sox was born in 1957
- Today in LatAm history, Argentine pianist Ingrid Fliter who plays with many philharmonic orchestras was born in 1973