Today in Latin American History
The La Negrita statue of Mary was found in Costa Rica in 1635
Photo: La Negrita statue of Mary
Today in Latin American history, the La Negrita statue of Mary was found in Costa Rica in 1635.
The story goes that the little girl found the small statue on a rock and took it home. The next morning she found that the statue was not there but back at the rock, so she took it to the priest and he locked it in a small box.
The next morning the statue was back at the rock. During the construction, the church was destroyed by earthquakes so many times, it was finally decided to move it to the location where the statue was found and they were able to finish construction.
Many people think that the earthquakes were signs that the Lady of Los Ángeles wanted the basilica built there. Today, many Catholics make the pilgrimage to Cartago.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, former President of Venezuela Rómulo Gallegos who was in office in 1948 was born in 1884
- Today in LatAm history, former President of Argentina Jorge Rafael Videla who was in office 1976-81 was born in 1925
- Today in LatAm history, Chilean Isabel Allende who is known as the world’s most read Spanish author was born in 1942
- Today in LatAm history, in a flight to Santiago, Chile a British South American Airways airliner crashed in 1947
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian footballer Mineiro who played for the National team & Chelsea FC was born in 1975