Today in Latin American History
Cuba Leased Guantanamo Bay to the U.S. in 1903
Photo: Guantanamo Bay
Today in Latin American history, Cuba leased Guantanamo Bay to the United States “in perpetuity” in 1903.
The 45-square-mile site was originally used as a coaling station for U.S. Navy ships.
Since early 2002, the beginning of the War on Terror, the base has been used to house those suspected of terrorist activity or of having ties to al-Qaeda and the Taliban.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Mapuche forces, under the leadership of Lautaro, scored a victory over the Spanish at the Battle of Marihueñu in Chile in 1554
- Today in LatAm history, American troops under General Zachary Taylor defeated Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna at the Battle of Buena Vista in 1847
- Today in LatAm history, Argentine portrait painter Antonio Alice who was awarded the Prix de Rome was born in 1886
- Today in LatAm history, Puerto Rican musician René Pérez who is a member of Calle 13 was born in 1978
- Today in LatAm history, Argentine footballer Nicolás Gaitán who plays for the National team & Benfica was born in 1988
- Today in LatAm history, former President of El Salvador José Napoleón Duarte who was in office 1980-82 died in 1990