Today in Latin American History
Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico was Executed in 1869
Photo: Maximilian I of the Mexico
Today in Latin American history, Maximilian I of the Mexican Empire was executed by a firing squad in Querétaro in 1867.
He was proclaimed Emperor of Mexico on 10 April 1864, with the backing of Napoleon III of France and a group of Mexican monarchists who sought to revive the Mexican monarchy.
Many foreign governments, including that of the United States, refused to recognize his administration.
This helped to ensure the success of republican forces led by Benito Juárez, and Maximilian was captured and executed in 1867.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, distinguished national hero of Uruguay José Gervasio Artigas was born in 1764
- Today in LatAm history, Dominican baseball player Claudio Vargas who pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers was born in 1978
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian footballer José Kléberson who played for the National team & Manchester United was born in 1979
- Today in LatAm history, Argentine footballer José Ernesto Sosa who plays for the National team & FC Metalist was born in 1985
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian gymnast Diego Hypólito who won gold at the 2005 & 2007 Worlds was born in 1986