Category Archives: On This Date in Latin America

On This Date in Latin America – September 16, 1976: Argentina’s “Night of the Pencils”

Given the recent discussion of memory and military dictatorships, it seems worthwhile to recall one of the many horrific events of Argentina’s military dictatorship: La Noche de los Lápices, or “Night of the Pencils.” The Night of the Pencils had … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina, Argentina's Military Dictatorship (1976-1983), Buenos Aires, Human Rights Issues, Human Rights Violations, Military Dictatorships, On This Date in Latin America, The "Disappeared", Torture

On This Date in Latin America – February 9, 1913: The Decena Trágica

One hundred years ago today, in the midst of the Mexican Revolution, the Decena Trágica, or “Tragic 10 Days,” began in Mexico City. By its end, over 5000 Mexicans were dead in urban violence, and, with support from the US, … Continue reading

Posted in Coups in Latin America, Latin American History, Mexico, On This Date in Latin America

On This Date in Latin America – January 13, 1825: The Execution of Frei Caneca

One hundred and eighty-eight years ago today, Joaquim da Silva Rabelo, a leader of multiple revolts in the early Brazilian Empire better known as “Frei Caneca” (“Father Mug”), was executed by firing squad. Born in 1779 to Portuguese parents, Rabelo … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Catholicism in the Americas, Latin American History, LGBT Rights & Issues, On This Date in Latin America, São Paulo

On This Date in Latin America – January 1, 1994: NAFTA Goes into Effect/The EZLN Emerges in Mexico

Nineteen years ago today, the neoliberal North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect, and in response, the Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional  (Zapatista National Liberation Army; EZLN), a group of rural indigenous peoples and leftist intellectuals, rose up, using the internet … Continue reading

Posted in Canada, Economics in the Americas, Indigenous Peoples, Latin American Economic Relations, Latin American Economies, Latin American History, Latin American-U.S. Relations, Mexico, Neoliberalism, North America, On This Date in Latin America, United States

On This Date in Latin America – October 27, 1912: Sugarloaf Mountain Gets a Tram

If you go to Google’s main  page today, you won’t see anything out of the usual. However, if you head of to Brazil’s Google page, you’re greeted with this (animated) image: It’s an animated image of a tram going up … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, On This Date in Latin America, Rio de Janeiro, Urban Landscapes

On This Date in Latin America – October 2, 1968: The Tlatelolco Massacre in Mexico

After more than eight weeks of protests against the PRI’s rule, political exclusion, and police violence, the Mexican army opened fire on a peaceful demonstration, killing several hundred protesters near the Plaza of Three Cultures in Mexico City forty-four years … Continue reading

Posted in Human Rights Issues, Human Rights Violations, Impunity, Mexico, Mexico's Institutional Dictatorship, On This Date in Latin America, Police Violence, Sports in Latin America, Violence in the Americas

On This Date in Latin America – August 24, 1954: Brazilian President Getúlio Vargas’s Suicide

Fifty-eight years ago today, populist Brazilian president Getúlio Vargas, facing growing military opposition amidst political scandal, put a gun to his chest and pulled the trigger, ending his presidency but cementing his legacy on Brazilian politics, society, and culture for … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Latin American Media, Latin American Politics, On This Date in Latin America