The Day In History
On this date the dictator Porfirio Díaz, President of Mexico, presented his resignation to the legislature. With that, his reign of 31 years ended.
On this date the pilot Francisco Sarabia broke the record for flying non-stop between Mexico City and New York, a flight that took 10 hours, 47 minutes and five seconds. Sababia was born on July 3, 1900 in Lerdo, Durango and died June 7, 1939 during a flight to the United States. His plane crashed into the waters of the Potomac River.
On this date Rafael Buelna was born in Mocorito, Sinaloa. Buelna distinguished himself as a revolutionary when he fought Huerta in Sinaloa, Sonora and Baja California, becoming a general as a result. He died in Morelia, Michoacán on January 23, 1924.
On this date in Valdivia, Chile, the strongest earthquake ever recorded with a magnitude of 9.5 on the Richter scale occurred, leaving 2,000 dead, 3,000 injured and two million homeless. The powerful tsunami that resulted caused enormous damage and 200 deaths thousands of kilometers away in Hawaii, Japan and the west coast of the United States.
On this date the American pilot Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo over the Atlantic Ocean, a feat accomplished by Charles Lindbergh on the same day in 1927.
On this date Christopher Columbus was appointed captain of the armada he was to lead on his second voyage to America. And exactly 13 years later on this same date he died in Valladolid.
On this date in Poland was born Karol Wojtila who became Pope John Paul II.
On this date began the Watergate investigation in the United States Senate.
On this date the writer Juan Rulfo was born in Sayula, Jalisco.
On this date American forces under the command of General Williams Jenkins Worth overtook the city of Puebla on their way to Mexico City.
On this date an assassination attempt was made on Pope John Paul II.
On this date the American boxer Cassius Clay was stripped of his license to box after refusing to take part in military service.
On this date Germany surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, ending the war in Europe.
On this date Pope Alejandro VI divided the Atlantic Ocean between Spain and Portugal.
On this date the Isla de Cozumel was discovered by Captain Juan de Grijalva.