Today in Latin American History
Mexican Revolution leader Emiliano Zapata was Killed in 1919
Photo: Emiliano Zapata
Today in Latin American history, Mexican Revolution leader Emiliano Zapata was ambushed and shot dead by government forces in Morelos in 1919.
On April 10, 1919, Col. Jesús Guajardo invited Zapata to a meeting, intimating that he intended to defect to the revolutionaries. However, when Zapata arrived at the Hacienda de San Juan, in Chinameca, Ayala municipality, Guajardo’s men riddled him with bullets.
They then took his body to Cuautla to claim the bounty, where they are reputed to have been given only half of what was promised.
Following Zapata’s death, the Liberation Army of the South slowly fell apart.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Archduke Maximilian of Habsburg was proclaimed emperor of Mexico during the French intervention in Mexico in 1864
- Today in LatAm history, Argentine physiologist Bernardo Houssay who won the Nobel Prize was born in 1887
- Today in LatAm history, Dominican baseball player Al Reyes who played for the Milwaukee Brewers was born in 1971
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian footballer Roberto Carlos who played for the National team & Real Madrid was born in 1973
- Today in LatAm history, Argentine footballer Gonzalo Javier Rodríguez who plays for the National team & ACF Fiorentina was born in 1984
- Today in LatAm history, Argentine footballer Fernando Gago who plays for the National team & Vélez Sársfield was born in 1986