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Colombia - Notable Historical Events

Francisco PizarroNov 14, 1524

FDRJul 10, 1934

Pablo EscobarJul 22, 1992

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Colombia - Historical Events
Date Event
1524-11-14

Francisco Pizarro begins his 1st great expedition, near Colombia

1538-08-06

Bogotá, Colombia, is founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada.

1539-04-27

Re-founding of the city of Bogotá, New Granada (nowadays Colombia), by Nikolaus Federmann and Sebastián de Belalcázar.

1586-12-03

Sir Thomas Herriot introduces potatoes to England from Colombia

1741-03-04

British fleet under Rear Admiral of the Blue Sir Chaloner Ogle reaches Cartagena de Indias (Colombia)

1773-06-17

Cúcuta, Colombia is founded by Juana Rangel de Cuéllar

1810-07-20

Citizens of Bogotá, New Granada (now Colombia), declare independence from Spain.

1811-11-11

Cartagena Colombia declares independence from Spain

1819-08-07

Battle of Boyacá; Bolívar defeats Spanish in Colombia

1819-12-17

Congress of Angostura establishes Colombia's independence from Spain

1831-11-07

State of Gran Colombia disbands

1831-11-17

Ecuador and Venezuela were separated from Greater Colombia.

1858-05-22

Confederación Granadina (now Colombia) forms

1863-05-08

Confederación Granadina becomes Estados Unidos de Colombia

1867-10-22

Foundation of the National University of Colombia.

1875-05-16

Quake in Venezuela & Colombia kills 16,000

1886-08-04

Colombia adopts constitution

1903-11-03

Colombia grants independence to Panama

1903-11-04

Panama and Colombia wake up to news that the insurrectionists have declared an independent Republic of Panama

1904-07-28

Rafael Reyes becomes dictator of Colombia after losing Panama

1906-01-31

Strongest instrumentally recorded earthquake, Colombia, 8.6 Richter

1909-01-05

Colombia recognizes Panama's independence

1914-04-08

US & Colombia sign a treaty concerning Panama Canal Zone

1934-05-24

Colombia & Peru sign accord about harbor city Leticia

1934-07-10

1st sitting US president to visit South America, FDR in Colombia

1936-12-23

Colombia becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty

1945-11-05

Colombia joins the United Nations.

1948-04-30

Org of American States charter signed at Bogota, Colombia

1953-06-14

Military coup by general Gustavo Rojas Pinilla in Colombia

1956-08-07

Dynamite transport explodes in Colombia; about 1200 die

1957-05-11

Gabriel Paris forms government of Colombia

1957-05-24

Heavy earthquake strikes Colombia

1958-05-04

Alberto Lleras Camargo chosen president of Colombia

1965-10-30

Fireworks explosions kill 50 in Cartagena, Colombia

1967-11-14

The Congress of Colombia in commemoration of the 150 years of the death of Policarpa Salavarrieta, declares this day as "Day of the Colombian Woman".

1971-04-19

75th Boston Marathon won by Alvaro Mejia of Colombia in 2:18:45

1974-06-28

Fall of earth & rocks kill 200 (Quebrada Blanca Canyon, Colombia)

1978-06-04

Liberal Julio Turbay Ayola wins Colombia elections

1981-03-24

Colombia drops diplomatic relations with Cuba

1983-03-31

Earthquake in Colombia kills some 5,000 people

1985-11-06

M-19 guerrillas occupy Palace of Justice Bogota Colombia

1985-11-13

Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupts in Colombia, kills 25,000

1985-11-14

Volcano Nevado del Ruiz Colombia erupts, 1000s killed

1986-05-25

Virgilio Barco elected president of Colombia

1988-03-07

Colombia becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.

1988-05-19

Carlos Lehder Rivas, of Colombia's Medellin drug cartel, is convicted in Florida for smuggling more than 3 tons of cocaine into US

1989-08-18

Leading presidential hopeful Luis Carlos Galán is assassinated near Bogotá in Colombia.

1990-05-27

Caesar Gaviria Trujillo chosen pres of Colombia

1990-05-28

Cesar Gaviria Trujillo installed as president of Colombia

1992-07-22

Colombia drug baron Pablo Escobar escapes prison

1992-10-18

6.6 earthquake hits Colombia with no fatalities

1993-02-15

Bombings by mafia drug lords kill 14 in Bogota, Colombia

1993-05-19

Boeing 727 crashes into mountain at Medellin Colombia, kills 132

1994-06-06

6.0 earthquake/avalanche destroys Toez Colombia (about 1000 killed)

1994-06-19

Ernesto Samper elected president of Colombia

1994-06-22

US beats Colombia 2-1 in 1994 soccer world cup (1st win since 1950)

1994-08-07

Ernesto Samper sworn in as president of Colombia

1995-01-11

DC-9 crashes near Maria La Baya, Colombia: 51 die, 9 yr old girl lives

1995-02-08

6.4 earthquake at Trujillo, Colombia (46+ killed)

1997-08-04

In Colombia, international oil company Occidental Petroleum declare force majeure on all oil exports from the Cano Limon field after a series of attacks knocked out a major oil pipeline

1998-04-20

TAME Boeing 727-200 chartered by Air France crashes into Cerro El Cable mountain after takeoff from Bogotá, Colombia, killing 53.

1999-01-25

A 6.0 Richter scale earthquake hits western Colombia killing at least 1,000.

2002-01-28

TAME Flight 120, a Boeing 727-100 crashes in the Andes mountains in southern Colombia killing 92.

2002-05-26

Álvaro Uribe becomes President of Colombia.

2009-06-25

Colombia enters into recession after witnessing 0.7% contraction in the last quarter of 2008 and 0.6% in the following quarter

2010-01-12

Colombia officially leaves the recession after achieving 2% economic growth in the last quarter of 2009

2016-04-15

Colombia Reports First Cases of Microcephaly Linked to Zika Virus

2016-11-29

Plane Carrying a Brazilian Soccer Team Crashes in Colombia

2017-04-02

Colombia mudslide, flooding kill 254 in midnight deluge

2017-06-26

Dozens missing after tourist boat sinks in Colombia

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Colombia - Birthdays
Date Event
1852-08-23

Clímaco Calderón, President of Colombia. (d. 1913)

1860-07-26

Philippe J Bunau-Varilla, French engineer (Colombia-Panama)

1865-11-27

Jose Asunción Silva, Colombia, poet (Nocturno III)

1873-10-29

Guillermo Valencia, Colombia, poet/translator/statesman

1886-01-31

Alfonso Lopez, Colombia, statesman (Pres UN security council-1948)

1889-02-19

Jose Eustasio Rivera, Colombia, poet/novelist (Vortex)

1908-04-12

Carlos Lleras Restrepo, president of Colombia

1921-09-17

Virgilio Barco Vargas, president of Colombia (1986-90)

1931-10-14

Rafael Puyana, Bogota Colombia, baroque harpsichordist (NY debut 1957)

1944-07-21

Paul Wellstone, Plan Colombia: Cashing In on the Drug War Failure

1947-03-31

Caesar Gaviria Trujillo, president (Colombia, 1990-94)

1950-01-18

Claudia de Colombia, Bogato Columbia, spanish singer (Yo Creo En Ti)

1956-9-19

Amparo Grisales, Protagonistas de novela 3 - El juicio final: Colombia

1958-11-16

Roberto Guerrero, Medelin Colombia, Indy racer (Rookie of Year 1984)

1964-07-22

John Leguizamo, Bogotá, Colombia, Colombian American actor (Mambo Mouth, Whispers in the Dark)

1966-08-26

Rene Higuita, La isla de los famosos 2: Una aventura pirata - Colombia

1970-07-29

Maria Checca, Bogota Colombia, playmate (Aug, 1994)

1971-12-07

Mauricio Hadad, Cali Colombia, tennis star (1995 Bermuda)

1973-07-03

Fred Rodriguez, Bogota Colombia, cyclist (Olympics-96)

1974-09-27

Lina Gaviria, Miss Universe-Colombia (1996)

1974-10-04

Claudia Elena Vasquez, Miss Universe-best costume (Colombia, 1997)

1974-11-05

Oscar Briñes, Protagonistas de novela - Colombia

1975-08-07

Edgar Renteria, Barranquilla Colombia, infielder (Florida Marlins)

1975-12-07

Juan Pablo Becerra, Protagonistas de novela 3 - El juicio final: Colombia

1976-03-06

Ken Anderson, Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia

1978-08-23

Rafael Montoya, Protagonistas de novela - Colombia

1987-01-01

Simón Ramón, De Rolling por Colombia

Colombia - Weddings
Date Event
2006-04-15

"Maria Full of Grace" actress Catalina Sandino Moreno (24) weds lighting technician David Michael Ewell in an intimate civil ceremony in Cartagena de Indies, Colombia

Colombia - Deaths
Date Event
1830-12-17

Simón Bolívar, South American revolutionary and president (Colombia), dies at 47 in Santa Marta, Colombia

1913-07-19

Clímaco Calderón, President of Colombia (b. 1852)

1990-01-04

Alberto Lleras Camargo, president of Colombia (1945-46, 58-62), dies

1994-07-02

Andres Escobar, Colombia world cup soccer star, shot for losing to US

1994-10-01

Carlos Lleras Restrepo, president of Colombia (1966-70), dies at 86

1997-05-20

Virgilio Boat, president of Colombia (1986-90), dies

1997-08-21

Misael Pastrana Borrero, Pres of Colombia (1970-74), dies

2002-10-25

Paul Wellstone, Plan Colombia: Cashing In on the Drug War Failure

2009-03-17

Juan Pablo Becerra, Protagonistas de novela 3 - El juicio final: Colombia

2012-12-04

Miguel Calero, Colombia footballer, dies from cerebral thrombosis at 41


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