Today in Latin American History
Mexican Revolutionary Francisco “Pancho” Villa was Assassinated in 1923
Photo: Francisco "Pancho" Villa
Today in Latin American history, prominent Mexican Revolutionary general Francisco “Pancho” Villa was assassinated in 1923.
While living as a fugitive, Pancho Villa joined Francisco Madero’s successful uprising against Mexican dictator Porfirio Díaz, and, due to his skills as a fighter and leader, Villa was made a colonel.
Villa was killed while visiting Parral. Usually accompanied by his entourage of bodyguards, Villa had gone into the town without them, taking only a few associates with him.
Seven riflemen appeared in the middle of the road and fired over 40 shots into the automobile driven by Villa.
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- Today in LatAm history, Alberto Santos-Dumont known as Brazil’s “Father of Aviation” was born in 1873
- Today in LatAm history, Cuban baseball player & Rookie Of The Year Tony Oliva who played for Minnesota Twins was born in 1938
- Today in LatAm history, Mexican-born guitarist Carlos Santana a pioneer in rock, latin & jazz fusion was born in 1947
- Today in LatAm history, Cuban dissident and human rights advocate Dr. Óscar Elías Biscet was born in 1961
- Today in LatAm history, current President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto who took office in 2012 was born in 1966
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian director Carlos Saldanha whose films include “Ice Age” & “Rio” was born in 1968
- Today in LatAm history, a cease fire was announced between Honduras & El Salvador ending the “Football War” in 1969
- Today in LatAm history, Puerto Rican baseball player Bengie Molina who played for the Los Angeles Angels was born in 1974