Today in Latin American History
Paraguayan Battalion Made up of Children was Massacred by the Brazilian Army in 1869
Photo: Battle of Acosta Nu
Today in Latin American history, a Paraguayan battalion made up of children was massacred by the Brazilian Army in 1869.
The Battle of Acosta Ñu or Campo Grande, during the Paraguayan War, ended with 2000 dead Paraguayans and 1200 captured.
In Paraguay, Children’s Day is celebrated on August 16. It is a national holiday to commemorate the memory of the children who lost their lives in the Battle of Acosta Ñu/Campo Grande.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, the Dominican Restoration War began when Dominican flag was raised in Santo Domingo in 1863
- Today in LatAm history, Venezuelan baseball player Roger Cedeño who played for the St. Louis Cardinals was born in 1974
- Today in LatAm history, Ecuadorian footballer Iván Hurtado who plays for the National team & Barcelona SC was born in 1974
- Today in LatAm history, former President of Paraguay Alfredo Stroessner who was in office 1954-89 died in 2006