Today in Latin American History
The Banana Massacre Occurred in Colombia in 1928
Photo: United Fruit Company
Today in Latin American history, the government of Colombia sent military forces to suppress a month-long strike by United Fruit Company workers, resulting in an unknown number of deaths in 1928.
The strike broke out on 12 November 1928 when workers demanded written contracts, eight-hour work days, six-day work weeks and the elimination of food coupons.
This event has been called the Banana massacre.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, the Immaculate Conception statue arrived in Nicaragua. Delivered by St. Teresa of Avila to her brother Lorenzo so he would be protected during his travels in Latin America, Virgin Immaculate was declared Patroness of Nicaragua in 1562
- Today in LatAm history, Theodore Roosevelt announced his “Corollary” to the Monroe Doctrine, stating that the United States would intervene in the Western Hemisphere should Latin American governments prove incapable or unstable in 1904
- Today in LatAm history, Ecuadorian footballer Alberto Spencer who played for the National team & C.A. Peñarol was born in 1937
- Today in LatAm history, Cuban baseball player José Contreras who pitched for the Chicago White Sox was born in 1971