Today in Latin American History
The U.S. Took Possession of Puerto Rico in 1898
Photo: Puerto Rico in 1898
Today in Latin American history, the United States took possession of Puerto Rico in 1898.
After the ratification of the Treaty of Paris of 1898, Puerto Rico came under the military control of the United States of America.
Freedom of assembly, speech, press, and religion were decreed and an eight-hour day for government employees was established.
Today, Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, former President of Nicaragua Violeta Chamorro who was the first Female leader in Americas was born in 1929
- Today in LatAm history, a group of Venezuelan Armed Forces staged a coup against President Isaías Medina Angarita in 1945
- Today in LatAm history, Argentine military officer & politician Juan Perón married actress Eva “Evita” Perón in 1945
- Today in LatAm history, Argentine footballer Nelson Vivas who played for the Nat team & Arsenal was born in 1969
- Today in LatAm history, Puerto Rican baseball player Alex Cora who played for the Boston Red Sox was born in 1975
- Today in LatAm history, Cuban baseball player Yoenis Céspedes who plays for the Oakland Athletics was born in 1985