Today in Latin American History
Colombian Drug Lord Pablo Escobar Was Born in 1949
Photo: Pablo Escobar
Today in Latin American history, Colombian drug lord and and narcoterrorist Pablo Escobar who was head of the Medellín Cartel was born in 1949.
At the height of his power, Escobar had a net worth of US$3 billion and his Medellín cartel controlled 80% of the global cocaine market.
Escobar was killed while attempting to evade police in 1993.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, the Buenos Aires Subway, the first underground railway system in the southern hemisphere and in Latin America, began operating in 1913
- Today in LatAm history, Colombian writer José Eustasio Rivera known for his epic novel “The Vortex” died in 1928
- Today in LatAm history, current President of Chile Sebastián Piñera who took office in 2010 was born in 1949