Today in Latin American History
Spanish King Juan Carlos told Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez to Shut Up in 2007
Photo: King Juan Carlos and Hugo Chavez
Today in Latin American history, Spanish King Juan Carlos told Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez “Por qué no te callas?” (Why don’t you just shut up?) in 2007.
At the 2007 Ibero-American Summit in Santiago, Chile, when Chávez was repeatedly interrupting Prime Minister of Spain José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero’s speech.
The king’s rebuke received applause from the general audience.
The phrase became an overnight sensation, gaining cult status as a mobile-phone ringtone, spawning a domain name, a contest, T-shirt sales, and YouTube videos.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, the Gesture of Rufina Alfaro in Panama began the path to independence from Spain in 1821
- Today in LatAm history, Argentine author José Hernández who wrote the poem “Martín Fierro” was born in 1834
- Today in LatAm history, Colombian footballer Faustino Asprilla who played for the National team was born in 1969
- Today in LatAm history, Southern Airways Flight 49 was hijacked in the U.S., 2 days later the plane landed in Cuba in 1972
- Today in LatAm history, Cuban baseball player Aurelio Monteagudo who pitched for the Oakland Athletics died in 1990