Today in Latin American History
Cuban Fencer Ramón Fonst Who Won LatAm’s First Olympic Medal Died in 1959
Photo: Ramón Fonst
Today in Latin American history, Cuban fencer Ramón Fonst who won 4 Olympic gold medals died in 1959.
Fonst participated in fencing at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris for Cuba and won the gold medal in the épée, defeating French fencer Louis Perrée in the final.
He also won the silver medal in the Amateurs-masters épée competition.
His victories at the 1900 Olympics made him the first olympic medal winner ever from Latin America.
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- Today in LatAm history, Mexican writer Francisco Javier Clavijero who covered pre-Columbian history was born in 1731
- Today in LatAm history, Puerto Rican actor Bruce Gray who has acted in over 150 roles was born in 1939
- Today in LatAm history, Puerto Rican boxer Carlos Ortiz who was a 3 time world champion was born in 1939
- Today in LatAm history, Venezuelan actress Natalia Streignard known for her roles in telenovelas was born in 1970
- Today in LatAm history, Argentine tennis player Mariano Puerta who has won 3 career titles was born in 1978
- Today in LatAm history, Argentinian actress Julie Gonzalo who is staring in the Dallas re-vamp was born in 1981
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian classical pianist Magda Tagliaferro who was honored by many composers died in 1986