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April 24, 1898

On this date the United States declared war on Spain in which it would lose Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines and Guam.

April 23, 1564 (Julian calendar)

On this date William Shakespeare was born. On the same day in 1616 he died as did Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quijote de la Mancha.

April 22, 1854

On this date in Chilpancingo, Guerrero, General Nicolás Bravo, hero of the Mexican Independence fight, former President of the Republic and defender of the Chapultepec Castle during the North American invasion of 1847, died.

April 18, 1955

On this date German physicist Albert Einstein died in the United States.

April 17, 1695

On this date in the San Jerónimo Convent in Mexico City, Juana Inés de la Cruz died of typhoid fever.

April 14, 1649

On this date the Tarahumara rebellion against the Spanish began.

April 13, 1917

On this date, General of the Liberation Army of the south, Emiliano Zapata, issued a circular stating adecuate education of children was of the utmost importance.

April 10, 1919

On this date Emiliano Zapata was assassinated.

April 9, 1865

On this date the American Civil War ended.

April 8, 1973

On this date Spanish painter Pablo Picasso died in France.

April 4, 2005

On this date in Rome Pope John Paul II died after suffering for various weeks with respiratory problems.

March 31, 1864

On this date the soldiers of the Mazatlán garrison, under General Antonio Rosales, resisted for three days an attack on the fort from the French frigate “La Cordelliere” repelling the invasión.

March 30, 1853

On this date the Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh was born who lived and died in poverty and misery. On this same day in 1987 his painting “Sunflowers” sold for 40 million dollars.

March 27, 1847

On this date Veracruz was defended by civilians who resisted an attack from the United States, without help from the federal government.

March 26, 1513

On this date Captain Ponce de León, a Spanish explorer looking for the fountain of youth, descovered a large extension of land in New Spain which he named “La Florida” for the abundance of flowers.