Today in Latin American History
Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza Debayle was Killed in Paraguay in 1980
Photo: Anastasio Somoza Debayle
Today in Latin American history, former President of Nicaragua Anastasio Somoza Debayle was killed in Paraguay in 1980.
After being overthrown in a 1979 insurrection led by the FSLN, he fled Nicaragua in exile and power was ceded to the Junta of National Reconstruction.
Somoza Debayle was ambushed by a seven-person Sandinista commando team (four men and three women). This was known as “Operation Reptile”.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, the Presidio of San Francisco was founded in New Spain (present-day California) in 1776
- Today in LatAm history, Ecuadorian-English dancer and choreographer Frederick Ashton was born in 1904
- Today in LatAm history, Puerto Rican baseball player Orlando Cepeda who played for the San Francisco Giants was born in 1937
- Today in LatAm history, Puerto Rican composer Raphy Leavitt who sang the song “La Cuna Blanca” was born in 1948
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian military turned guerrilla leader Carlos Lamarca was killed in 1971