Today in Latin American History
First Public Performance of the Dominican National Anthem Occurred in 1883
Photo: Dominican Republic
Today in Latin American history, the first public performance of the Dominican Republic’s national anthem took place in 1883.
Its music was composed by José Rufino Reyes Siancas, and its lyrics were authored by Emilio Prud’Homme.
Though the music was an instant success, several objections were made to the lyrics for having various historical inaccuracies.
Interestingly, the Spanish name of the Dominican Republic, “República Dominicana”, is never used in the anthem’s official Spanish lyrics nor is the denonym for Dominicans, “dominicanos.”
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Argentine revolutionary José de San Martín who was the first President of Peru died in 1850
- Today in LatAm history, Cuban poet & freedom fighter of the 19th century Pedro ‘Perucho’ Figueredo died in 1870
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian race car driver Nelson Piquet who raced in Formula 1 was born in 1952
- Today in LatAm history, Argentinian tennis player Guillermo Vilas who won many int’l tournaments was born in 1952
- Today in LatAm history, Puerto Rican baseball player Jorge Posada who caught for the New York Yankees was born in 1971