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Puerto Rico - Notable Historical Events

ColumbusOct 8, 1492

Theodore RooseveltNov 9, 1906

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Puerto Rico - Historical Events
Date Event
1492-10-08

Columbus' fleet about 400 sea miles from Puerto Rico

1493-11-19

Christopher Columbus discovers Puerto Rico, on his 2nd voyage

1508-08-12

Juan Ponce de Leon arrives in Puerto Rico

1625-09-24

Dutch attack San Juan, Puerto Rico

1760-07-19

The formal request to found the later city of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico is filed by its founders.

1760-08-21

The church (later cathedral) of "Our Lady of Candlemas of Mayagüez (Puerto Rico)" is founded, establishing the basis for the founding of the city.

1797-04-17

Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico in what would be one of the largest invasions to Spanish territories in America.

1836-05-07

The settlement of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, is elevated to the royal status of villa by the government of Spain.

1841-01-30

A fire destroys two-thirds of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.

1868-09-23

Grito de Lares proclaims Puerto Rico's independence (crushed by Spain)

1873-03-22

Slavery is abolished in Puerto Rico

1877-07-10

The then villa of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, formally receives its city charter from the Royal Crown of Spain.

1897-11-25

Spain grants Puerto Rico autonomy

1898-07-28

Spanish troops in Ponce, Puerto Rico, surrender

1898-10-18

American flag raised in Puerto Rico

1899-04-11

Treaty of Paris ratifies ends war; Spain cedes Puerto Rico to US

1900-04-12

The US Congress passes the Foraker Act, establishing Puerto Rico as an unincorporated territory (effective 1 May)

1906-11-09

Theodore Roosevelt is 1st US President to visit other countries (Puerto Rico and Panama)

1917-03-02

Jones Act: Puerto Rico territory created, US citizenship granted

1919-06-20

150 die at the Teatro Yaguez fire, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.

1928-10-22

Phi Sigma Alpha fraternity is founded at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus.

1932-05-17

US Congress changes name "Porto Rico" to "Puerto Rico"

1949-01-02

Luis Muñoz Marín becomes the first democratically elected Governor of Puerto Rico.

1952-03-03

Puerto Rico approves their 1st self written constitution

1952-07-03

Puerto Rico's constitution approved by US Congress

1952-07-25

Puerto Rico becomes a self-governing US commonwealth (Constitution Day)

1952-08-25

Puerto Rico becomes a US commonwealth

1961-12-15

JFK visits Puerto Rico

1967-11-25

Puerto Rico placed on Atlantic Standard Time

1969-01-02

Luis Ferré becomes the first statehooder Governor of Puerto Rico.

1972-04-01

30,000 attend Mar Y Sol rock concert, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico

1978-03-22

Karl Wallenda of the The Flying Wallendas dies after falling off a tight-rope between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

1985-07-15

Deborah Carthy-Deu, of Puerto Rico, crowned 34th Miss Universe

1986-12-31

Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 97

1987-01-01

60 bodies recovered in Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in Puerto Rico

1988-11-08

Rafael Fernandez Colón elected as president of Puerto Rico

1989-09-18

Hurricane Hugo causes extensive damage in Puerto Rico

1993-01-25

Puerto Rico adds English as its 2nd official language

1993-05-21

Dayanara Torres, 18, of Puerto Rico, crowned 42nd Miss Universe

1993-11-14

Puerto Rico votes against becoming the 51st US state

1996-11-21

A propane explosion at the Humberto Vidal shoe store and office building in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 33.

2001-01-02

Sila Calderón becomes the first female Governor of Puerto Rico.

2005-09-23

FBI killing of Filiberto Ojeda on Plan Bonito Hormigueros, Puerto Rico.

2007-11-29

A 7.4 magnitude earthquake occurs off the northern coast of Martinique. This affected the Eastern Caribbean as far north as Puerto Rico and as south as Trinidad.

2012-11-06

US territory Puerto Rico votes to become a US State

2016-01-01

Zika virus reported in Puerto Rico

2016-04-30

First Zika death in US lived in Puerto Rico

2016-05-02

Puerto Rico to default on debt payment after talks fail

2016-05-03

Puerto Rico Defaults on Principal of $422 Million Debt Payment

2016-08-13

US declares a Zika public health emergency in Puerto Rico

2016-08-14

Puerto Rico Gets First Olympic Gold as Monica Puig Surprises in Tennis

2017-03-23

United States Beats Puerto Rico for First World Baseball Classic Title

2017-09-07

Hurricane Irma blacks out Puerto Rico, heads for Hispaniola

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Puerto Rico - Notable Birthdays

Rita MorenoDec 11, 1931

Ricky MartinDec 24, 1971

Puerto Rico - Birthdays
Date Event
1839-01-11

Eugenio Maria de Hostos, Puerto Rico, patriot/scholar

1857-07-27

Jose Celso Barbosa, Puerto Rico, found Federalist Party in 1900

1859-07-17

Luis Munoz Rivera, Puerto Rico, journalist (founded Federalist Party)

1867-04-16

Jose de Diego, Puerto Rico, patriot/PR Secretary of Justice

1874-01-24

Arthur Schomburg (Arturo Alfonso), Puerto Rico, archivist of African American history and culture

1907-09-14

A Cecil Snyder, Chief Justice of Puerto Rico

1912-01-08

José Ferrer, San Juan Puerto Rico, actor/director (Blood Tide, Dune)

1919-05-23

Ruth Fernandez, Ponce, Puerto Rico, singer (When you Return), politician, (d. 2012)

1923-01-04

Tito Rodriguez, Musik aus Puerto Rico

1923-04-20

Tito Puente, Puerto Rico, bandleader (Dance Mania)

1931-12-11

Rita Moreno, [Rosita Dolores Alverío], Humacao, Puerto Rico, singer, dancer and actress (West Side Story)

1932-09-04

Carlos Romero-Barcel, (Rep-D-Puerto Rico)

1937-9-26

Charles H. Batten, Puerto Rico Gas Explosion

1939-07-27

James Victor, Puerto Rico, actor (Boulevard Night, Streets of LA)

1956-11-25

Liana Vicens, Puerto Rico, 100m breaststroke (Olympics 1968)

1958-06-11

Deborah Vidal, Ponce Puerto Rico, LPGA golfer (1994 Oldsmobile-19th)

1964-11-11

Roberto Hernandez, Santurce Puerto Rico, pitcher (Chicago White Sox)

1965-03-09

Benito Santiago, Ponce Puerto Rico, catcher (Philadelphia Phillies)

1965-05-14

Joey Cora, Caguas Puerto Rico, infielder (Seattle Mariners)

1965-07-29

Luis Alicea, Santurce Puerto Rico, infielder (St Louis Cardinals)

1965-10-06

Ruben Sierra, Rio Piedras Puerto Rico, outfielder (NY Yankees)

1966-06-18

Sandy Alomar, Salinas Puerto Rico, catcher (Cleveland Indians)

1966-11-02

Orlando Merced, Hato Rey Puerto Rico, outfielder (Pittsburgh Pirates)

1967-02-19

Benicio Del Toro, Puerto Rico, actor (Licence to Kill, Usual Suspects)

1967-03-02

Leo Gomez, Canovanas Puerto Rico, infielder (Chicago Cubs)

1967-03-27

Jaime Navarro, Bayamon Puerto Rico, pitcher (Chicago Cubs)

1967-07-06

Omar Olivares, Mayaguez Puerto Rico, pitcher (Detroit Tigers)

1968-02-05

Roberto Alomar, Salinas Puerto Rico, infielder (Baltimore Orioles)

1968-09-13

Bernie Williams, San Juan Puerto Rico, outfielder (NY Yankees)

1968-10-13

Julio Valera, San Sebastian Puerto Rico, pitcher (KC Royals)

1968-11-04

Carlos Baerga, Puerto Rico, infielder (Cleveland Indians)

1969-04-07

Ricky Bones, Salinas Puerto Rico, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers, NY Yanks)

1969-07-14

Jose Hernandez, Hato Rey Puerto Rico, infielder (Chicago Cubs)

1969-10-12

Jose Valentin, Manati Puerto Rico, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers)

1969-10-20

Juan Gonzalez, Vega Baja Puerto Rico, outfielder (Texas Rangers)

1969-10-31

Damon Mashore, Ponce Puerto Rico, outfielder (Oakland A's)

1969-11-09

Angel Miranda, Arecieo Puerto Rico, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers)

1970-06-25

Ana Rosa Brito, Miss Puerto Rico Universe (1997)

1970-11-05

Javier Lopez, Ponce Puerto Rico, catcher (Atlanta Braves)

1971-11-30

Ivan Rodriguez, Vega Baja Puerto Rico, catcher (Texas Rangers)

1971-12-24

Ricky Martin, San Juan, Puerto Rico, singer (Menudo)/actor (General Hospital)

1971-12-28

Melvin Nieves, San Juan Puerto Rico, outfielder (Detroit Tigers)

1972-03-04

Ivy Queen, My Block: Puerto Rico

1972-04-15

Ricky Otero, Vega Baja Puerto Rico, outfielder (Philadelphia Phillies)

1972-06-25

Carlos Delgado, Aguadilla Puerto Rico, infielder (Toronto Blue Jays)

1972-10-02

Rafael Carmona, Rio Piedras Puerto Rico, pitcher (Seattle Mariners)

1973-07-31

Jerry Rivera, Puerto Rico, spanish singer

1976-02-05

Nancy Feber, Antwerp Belgium, tennis star (1995 Puerto Rico)

1976-08-03

Sarybel Velila, Miss Universe-Puerto Rico (1996)

Puerto Rico - Notable Weddings

Shania TwainJan 1, 2011

Puerto Rico - Weddings
Date Event
2006-04-01

Miss Puerto Rico 2003 Joyceline Montero weds architect Hansell Bajuelo at la Iglesia de la Misericordia in Guaynabo City

2006-06-03

Telenovela actress Adamari Lopez (35) weds Latin singing sensation Luis Fonsi (28) at La Iglesia de San Jose in Villa Caparra, Puerto Rico

2006-10-14

Merengue singer Melina Leon (33) weds Ruy Fernando Delgado at La Iglesia Metodista Universitaria in San Juan, Puerto Rico

2007-06-09

"Ugly Betty" actress Ana Ortiz (36) weds musician Noah Lebenzon at the Horned Dorset Primavera Hotel in Rincon, Puerto Rico

2008-11-29

"Without a Trace" star Roselyn Sanchez (35) weds actor Eric Winter (32) at Fort San Cristobal in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

2011-01-01

Singer-songwriter Shania Twain (46) weds Swiss business executive Frederic Thiebaud in Rincon, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico - Deaths
Date Event
1914-08-23

George A Pogson, British consul in Puerto Rico, dies

1959-06-29

A Cecil Snyder, Chief Justice of Puerto Rico, dies at 51

1997-03-25

Roberto Sanchez Vilella, governor of Puerto Rico in (1965-69), dies

2003-10-21

Luis A. Ferré, Governor of Puerto Rico (b. 1940)

2009-10-24

Charles H. Batten, Puerto Rico Gas Explosion


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