Today in Latin American History
The Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar Used By the Mayans Began in 3114 BC
Photo: Mesoamerican Long Count calendar
Today in Latin American history, the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, used by the Mayans began in 3114 BC.
The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar is a non-repeating calendar used by several Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures, most notably the Maya.
For this reason, it is sometimes known as the Maya (or Mayan) Long Count calendar. Using a modified vigesimal tally, the Long Count calendar identifies a day by counting the number of days passed since a mythical creation date that corresponds to August 11, 3114 BCE in the Proleptic Gregorian calendar.
The Long Count calendar was widely used on monuments.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, American troops entered the city of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American War in 1898
- Today in LatAm history, Puerto Rican educator, nationalist, & advocate Eugenio Maria de Hostos died in 1903
- Today in LatAm history, Puerto Rican baseball player Luis Olmo who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers was born in 1919
- Today in LatAm history, Argentinian musician Gustavo Cerati who was in the band Soda Stereo was born in 1959
- Today in LatAm history, Colombian footballer Iván Córdoba who played for the National team & Inter Milan was born in 1976