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Venezuela - Notable Historical Events

Christopher ColumbusAug 1, 1498

Richard NixonMay 13, 1958

George ForemanMar 26, 1974

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Venezuela - Historical Events
Date Event
1498-08-01

Christopher Columbus lands on "Isla Santa" (Venezuela)

1498-08-14

Columbus landed at the mouth of the Orinoco River in Venezuela

1558-10-09

Mérida is founded in Venezuela.

1567-07-25

Don Diego de Losada founds the city of Santiago de Leon de Caracas, modern-day Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela.

1810-04-19

Venezuela achieves home rule: Vicente Emparan, Governor of the Captaincy General is removed by the people of Caracas and a Junta is installed.

1811-07-05

Venezuela, 1st South American country to gain independence from Spain

1812-03-03

US passes 1st foreign aid bill (aids Venezuela earthquake vicitims)

1812-03-26

Earthquake destroys 90% of Caracas, Venezuela; about 20,000 die

1813-05-23

South American independence leader Simón Bolívar enters Mérida, leading the invasion of Venezuela, and is proclaimed El Libertador ("The Liberator")

1831-11-17

Ecuador and Venezuela were separated from Greater Colombia.

1855-02-04

Soldiers shoot Jewish families in Coro, Venezuela

1875-05-16

Quake in Venezuela & Colombia kills 16,000

1902-12-07

Britain and Germany issue an ultimatum to Venezuela demanding that President Cipriano Castro pay claims for damages caused during his takeover of the government in 1899

1904-02-22

The Hague Tribunal gives its decision in claims against Venezuela; it sets the sum to be paid by Venezuela and gives preferential treatment to the three powers that initiated the block - Britain, Germany, and Italy

1906-12-20

Venezuela (under vice-pres Gomez) attacks Dutch fleet

1908-06-23

The USA suspends diplomatic relationships with Venezuela after the refusal of Cipriano Castro's government to compensate Americans for injuries suffered in the uprising of 1899

1920-12-29

The netherlands/Venezuela recover diplomatic relations

1939-11-14

Oil refinery fire kills 500 & destroys Lagunillas, Venezuela

1945-02-16

Venezuela declares war on Nazi Germany

1950-11-13

General Carlos Delgado Chalbaud, President of Venezuela, is assassinated in Caracas.

1952-12-03

Marcos Perez Jiménez elected president of Venezuela

1958-01-23

Dictator Marcos Perez Jiménez flees Venezuela, Larrazabal takes power

1958-05-13

Rioters attack US VP Richard Nixon in Venezuela

1958-12-07

Romulo Betancourt elected pres of Venezuela

1960-09-14

Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi-Arabia & Venezuela form Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)

1961-01-23

Venezuela adopts constitution

1967-07-29

Moderate quake (6.5) strikes Caracas Venezuela causing severe damage

1971-07-31

Venezuela's Hydrocarbons Reversion Law mandates gradual transfer to government ownership of all "unexploited concession areas" by 1974 and "all their residual assets" by 1983

1974-03-26

George Foreman TKOs Ken Norton in 2 for heavyweight boxing title in Caracas, Venezuela

1975-10-28

Venezuela and foreign oil companies agree on nationalization as of January 1, 1976

1976-01-01

Venezuela nationalizes oil fields

1979-07-19

Maritza Sayalero, 18, of Venezuela, crowned 28th Miss Universe

1981-07-20

Irene Saez, of Venezuela, crowned 30th Miss Universe

1981-07-26

2 climbers fall 550 m down cliff near Angel Falls, Venezuela

1981-11-12

Pilin Leon of Venezuela, crowned 31st Miss World

1986-07-21

Barbara Palacios Teyde, 22, of Venezuela, crowned 35th Miss Universe

1988-12-06

Carlos Andres Perez re-elected president of Venezuela

1989-02-27

Venezuela is rocked by the riots of Caracazo.

1993-05-21

Venezuela president Carlos Andres Perez fired

1993-08-07

Tropical storm Brett ravages Venezuela, 118 killed

1993-08-08

Tropical storm Bret ravages Venezuela, about 100 killed

1993-08-31

Venezuela president Carlos Perez flees

1993-12-05

Rafael Caldera elected president of Venezuela

1994-01-03

100s killed in Venezuela in prison revolt

1995-07-06

Venezuela's Congress approves the country's first investment law allowing for foreign participation in oil exploration and production

1995-11-18

Jacqueline Aguilera Marcano, 19, of Venezuela, crowned 45th Miss World

1996-05-17

Alicia Machado, 18, of Venezuela crowned 45th Miss Universe

1996-06-20

The Venezuelan Congress approves deals which allow foreign oil companies to explore and produce oil in Venezuela for the first time since the country's 1975 nationalization of the oil industry

1996-08-21

In Venezuela, a subsidiary of state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela (PdVSA), Corpoven, signs a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with U.S.-based ARCO

1998-02-26

Total solar eclipse in Venezuela-Pacific Ocean (4m09)

1998-12-06

Hugo Chávez Frías, Venezuelan military and politician, is elected President of Venezuela.

1999-05-24

Venezuela enters the Antarctic Treaty System.

2001-01-25

A 50-year-old Douglas DC-3 crashes near Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela killing 24

2002-04-11

An attempted coup d'état takes place in Venezuela against President Hugo Chávez .

2002-04-12

Pedro Carmona becomes interim President of Venezuela during the military coup against Hugo Chávez.

2002-04-13

Pedro Carmona, interim president of Venezuela, resigns one day after taking office.

2005-08-16

West Caribbean Airways Flight 708 crashes near Machiques, Venezuela, killing all 160 aboard.

2007-11-10

¿Por qué no te callas? incident between King Juan Carlos of Spain and Venezuela's president Hugo Chávez.

2009-11-22

President Hugo Chavez states that Venezuela is in recession as the economy contracted 4.5% in the third quarter

2011-02-23

Venezuela's economy grew 0.6% in the last quarter of 2010, technically leaving the recession after six quarters, it is reported today

2012-08-20

20 people are killed in a riot in Caracas, Venezuela

2012-10-08

Hugo Chávez is re-elected as president of Venezuela for a fourth term

2013-01-25

50 people are killed and 90 are injured in a prison riot in Barquisimeto, Venezuela

2013-04-15

Nicolás Maduro is narrowly elected President of Venezuela

2014-10-16

New Zealand, Malaysia, Angola, Spain and Venezuela are elected to the United Nations Security Council

2015-12-07

Venezuela's opposition party wins parliament

2017-08-12

Trump says he's considering military response to Venezuela

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Venezuela - Birthdays
Date Event
1778-12-26

Juan Lovera, Venezuela, artist

1781-11-29

Andres Bello, Venezuela poet/diplomat/scholar (Silvas Americanas)

1783-07-24

Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela, political and military leader (freed 6 Latin American republics from Spanish rule), (d. 1830)

1790-06-13

Jose Antonio Peez, president of Venezuela

1826-11-23

Agustin Bethencourt, Venezuela publisher on Curacao

1828-02-29

Antonio Guzman Blanco, president Venezuela

1884-08-02

Rómulo Gallegos, President of Venezuela (d. 1969)

1906-05-16

Arturo Uslar Pietri, Venezuela, writer/minister (Lanzas Coloradas)

1908-02-22

Romulo Betancourt, pres of Venezuela (1945-48, 1958-64)

1914-04-25

Marcos Perez Jimenez, president/dictator Venezuela

1922-10-27

Carlos Andres Perez, president of Venezuela (1974-79/89-94)

1948-06-17

David Concepcion, Venezuela, all star shortstop (Cincinnati Reds)

1954-07-28

Hugo Chávez, President of Venezuela, (d. 2013)

1961-06-18

Andres Galarraga, Caracas Venezuela, infielder (Colorado Rockies)

1961-11-12

Chela Quintana, Venezuela, LPGA golfer (8 time Venezuelan Amat Champ)

1962-02-19

Alvaro Espinoza, Venezuela, baseball shortstop (NY Yanks, NY Mets)

1962-07-12

Grecia Colmenares, Venezuela, actress (Esmeralda, Los Crinimales)

1963-03-01

Tony Castillo, Lara Venezuela, pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays)

1964-01-20

Ozzie Guillen, Oculare del Tuy Venezuela, shortstop (Chicago White Sox)

1965-05-23

Lilian Drescher, Venezuela, tennis star

1966-01-03

Luis Sojo, Barquisimeto Venezuela, infielder (Seattle Mariners)

1966-03-01

Luis Sojo, Barquisimeto Venezuela, infielder (Seattle Mariners)

1967-04-24

Omar Vizquel, Caracas Venezuela, shortstop (Seattle Mariners, Indians)

1967-10-15

Carlos Garcia, Venezuela, infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates)

1968-05-04

Eddie Perez, Cuidad Ojeda Venezuela, catcher (Atlanta Braves)

1969-06-04

Robert Perez, Bolivar Venezuela, outfielder (Toronto Blue Jays)

1969-12-09

Ramon Garcia, Guanare Venezuela, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers)

1970-02-24

Wilson Alvarez, Maracaibo Venezuela, pitcher (Chicago White Sox)

1970-05-10

Gabriela Montero, Caracas Venezuela, Venezuelan-American pianist

1971-01-11

Alexander Delgado, Palmerejo Venezuela, catcher (Boston Red Sox)

1971-05-18

Rich Garces, Maracay Aragua Venezuela, pitcher (Boston Red Sox)

1971-05-31

Troy Malave, Cumana Venezuela, outfielder (Boston Red Sox)

1972-03-01

Omar Daal, Maracaibo Venezuela, pitcher (Montreal Expos)

1973-08-11

Edgardo Alfonzo, Sta Teresa Venezuela, infielder (NY Mets)

1973-12-29

Tomas Perez, Barquisimeto Venezuela, infielder (Toronto Blue Jays)

1974-02-15

Ugueth Urbina, Caracas Venezuela, pitcher (Montreal Expos)

1974-04-15

Marena Bencomo, Miss Universe-2nd place (Venezuela, 1997)

1974-08-16

Roger Cedeno, Valencia Edo Venezuela, outfielder (LA Dodgers)

1976-12-06

Alicia Machado, Venezuela, Miss Universe (1996)

Venezuela - Deaths
Date Event
1816-07-14

Francisco de Miranda, Venezuela freedom fighter, dies at 66

1923-06-29

J C Gomez, General/Venezuela's 1st VP, assassinated

1935-12-18

Juan V Gomez, general/dictator of Venezuela (1908-35), dies

1969-04-05

Romulo Gallegos, Venezuela author/president (1947-48), dies at 84

1981-09-28

Rómulo Betancourt, President of Venezuela (b. 1908)

2009-12-24

Rafael Caldera, lawyer, sociologist, writer, speaker, politician, and ex-president of Venezuela (b. 1916)

2010-12-25

Carlos Andrés Pérez, former President of Venezuela (b. 1922)

2013-03-05

Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela, dies from respiratory failure at 58


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