The Day In History
On this date Mexico declared war against the Axis powers in Berlin, Rome and Tokyo.
On this date Christopher Columbus died in Spain. On October 12, 1492 he discovered what he thought was a new route to India, never thinking he had discovered the New World which would be named America.
On this date Joan of Arc was canonized in Rome. In 1431 she had been burned at the stake as a heretic during the Spanish Inquisition.
On this date there was an assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II in Portugal.
On this date Albert Einstein introduced his Theory of Relativity.
On this date Nelson Mandela became the first black President of South Africa.
On this date the last Beatle song “Let it be” was released.
On this date American Carlos Rhys and Flores Magón marched on Tijuana to attack and expropriate land to form a new country in Baja California Sur, but were defeated.
On this date construction of the Eiffel Tower in Paris was completed.
On this date after three consecutive assaults on the city of Puebla, forces under the command of General Ignacio Zaragoza defeated the French army, considered the most powerful in the world.
On this date dictator Porfirio Díaz reformed the Constitution to increase the Presidential term from four years to six years.
On this date General Emiliano Zapata, in accordance with the Ayala Plan, returned land to the campesinos of Ixcamilpa, Puebla.
On this date racial violence erupted in the United States resulting in 58 deaths and 200 injured in protest against four policemen who brutally beat Rodney King.
On this date Hernán Cortés ordered 13 brigades from Tzcoco to attack the city of Tenochtitlán.
On this date the French army invaded Mexico, violating the Treaty of Soledad, attacking Orizaba, Puebla and finally the capital.