The Day In History
On this date Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra and William Shakespeare died.
On this date Juan de Grijalva and 240 sailors in four boats left Cuba in a second expedition of exploration. The expedition would land at Cozumel,Yucatán and explore the coast of the Gulf of Mexico to Pánuco. In Tabasco a wide river was discovered and named “Grijalva.”
On this date Hernán Cortés found the city of Veracruz in Mexico.
On this date Guillermo González Camarena, inventor of the coloured television, died in an automobile accident at the age of 48.
On this date Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz died.
On this date, from the United States and Britain, three boats with 300 soldiers arrived in the port of Soto La Marina accompanied by the Spanish liberal Don Francisco Javier Mina and the Mexican liberal Fray Servando Teresa de Mier who came to fight for the independence of Mexico.
On this date the British ship Titanic hit an iceberg and sank 150 miles from the coast of Nova Scotia. 1513 of the 2224 people aboard drowned.
On this date the territory of Texas separated from the province of Coahuila and signed a treaty to be annexed to the United States.
On this date Francisco González Bocanegra, author of the words of the Mexican National Anthem, died of typhoid fever.
On this date Emiliano Zapata was assassinated at the Chinameca hacienda.
On this date, the painter Pablo Picasso died in Mougins, France.
On this date in New York the mail service Pony Express began, covering 3,200km from the Missouri River to the East Coast of the United States.
On this date Argentina occupied the Falkland Islands, a protectorate of Great Britain.
On this date citizens under the command of Captain Lorenzo Rodríguez began a battle against the north american forces under Henry A. Crabb who arrived from San Francisco to Caborca, Sonora with the intention of conquering Mexican territory to annex it to the United States. On the sixth day, Crabb´s forces were defeated and after a trial, each one was shot by a firing squad, including Crabb.
On this date General Antonio Rosales resisted for three days the bombardment of Mazatlán by the French frigate La Cordelliere and repelled the invaders who were attempting to take the port.