Today in Latin American History
Former President of Mexico Antonio López de Santa Anna Died in 1876
Photo: Antonio López de Santa Anna
Today in Latin American history, former President of Mexico Antonio López de Santa Anna died in 1876.
Sometimes called “the Napoleon of the West,” he was a Mexican political leader, general, and eleven-time president who greatly influenced early Mexican politics and government.
Santa Anna fought first against Mexican independence from Spain, then in support of it.
He was general and president multiple times over a turbulent 40-year career; he was president on eleven non-consecutive occasions over a period of 22 years.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, an agreement brokered by US Ambassador ends the Cristero War in Mexico in 1929
- Today in LatAm history, Argentine pianist and composer Lalo Schifrin known for the Mission Impossible score was born in 1932
- Today in LatAm history, Puerto Rican politician Ruben Berrios who is President of the PIP Party was born in 1939
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian politician Leonel Brizola who was Governor of Rio de Janeiro died in 2004