Rio de Janeiro in History

Historical Events

  • 1502-01-01 Portuguese navigators discover Rio de Janeiro
  • 1502-01-20 The present-day location of Rio de Janeiro is first explored
  • 1565-03-01 Portuguese soldier Estácio de Sá founds the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1711-09-22 French troops occupy Rio de Janeiro
  • 1792-04-21 Brazilian revolutionary Tiradentes, is hanged, drawn and quartered in Rio de Janeiro
  • 1808-03-07 Portugal's regent Dom Juan IV arrives in Rio De Janeiro

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1832-04-04 Charles Darwin aboard HMS Beagle reaches Rio de Janeiro

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
  • 1832-04-08 Charles Darwin begins trip through Rio de Janeiro
  • 1832-07-05 HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin departs Rio de Janeiro
  • 1900-02-23 Steamer "Rio de Janeiro" sinks in SF Bay
  • 1922-07-05 Uprising of social righteousness in Rio de Janeiro
  • 1939-11-17 The Rome-Rio de Janeiro air connection is created.
  • 1940-04-16 Heitor Villa-Lobos' opera "Izaht" premieres in Rio de Janeiro
  • 1950-07-16 FIFA World Cup: Uruguay beats Brazil 2-1 for soccer's 4th World Cup in Rio de Janeiro
  • 1961-12-17 Niteroi Circus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil catches fire; 323 die after disgruntled employee sets fire to the tent
  • 1966-01-11 550 die in landslides in mountains behind Rio de Janeiro after rain

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1980-01-26 175,000 pay to hear Frank Sinatra sing in Rio de Janeiro

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1983-12-19 The original FIFA World Cup trophy, the Jules Rimet Trophy, is stolen from the headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation in Rio de Janeiro.
  • 1987-09-13 Cesium-137 stolen from abandoned hospital in Rio de Janeiro
  • 1988-02-20 500 die in heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro Brazil
  • 1992-06-03 World's largest environmental summit opens in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2000-06-12 Sandro Rosa do Nascimento takes hostages while robbing Bus #174 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the highly-publicized standoff becomes a media circus and ends with the death of do Nascimento and a hostage.
  • 2009-06-01 Air France Flight 447 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. All 228 passengers and crew were killed.
  • 2009-10-02 Rio de Janeiro is elected the host city of the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics
  • 2013-03-19 16 people are killed by mudslides in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2014-07-13 FIFA World Cup: Germany beats Argentina 1-0 in extra time to win football's 20th World Cup in Rio de Janeiro
  • 2016-08-05 31st Summer Olympics offically opens in Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2016-08-21 31st Summer Olympics closes at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2016-09-07 15th Summer Paralympics opens in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Famous Birthdays

  • 1839-06-21 Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, Brazilian writer (Epitaph of a small winner), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1908)
  • 1887-03-05 Heitor Villa-Lobos, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, composer (Salon Waltz)
  • 1916-05-08 João Havelange, Brazilian industrialist and FIFA President 1974-98, born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 2016)

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1939-08-26 Jorge Paulo Lemann, Swiss-Brazilian investor, born in Rio de Janeiro

Investor and Beer Mogul Jorge Paulo Lemann
Investor and Beer Mogul
Jorge Paulo Lemann
  • 1940-01-06 Laudir de Oliveira, Brazilian percussionist (Chicago), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1944-05-20 Cipa Dichter, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, pianist/wife of Misha Dichter
  • 1944-07-17 Carlos Alberto Torres, Brazilian footballer, Captain of winning World Cup team (1970), born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 2016)
  • 1947-02-20 Jennifer O'Neill, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, actress (Summer of '42)
  • 1956-04-12 Walter Salles, Brazilian filmmaker (The Motorcycle Diaries), born in Rio de Janeiro
  • 1962-02-13 Jackie Silva, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, volleyballer (Pan Am-Bronze)
  • 1980-06-02 Fabrizio Moretti, Brazilian-born rock drummer (The Strokes), born in Rio de Janeiro

Famous Weddings

  • 2005-12-10 Victoria's Secret and Sports Illustrated model Isabeli Fontana (22) weds actor-model Henri Castelli (27) at Fort Are Joao in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2005-12-22 Brazilian actress Danielle Winits (31) weds model Cassio Reis at Capela Santa Ines in Rio de Janeiro
  • 2007-03-10 Brazilian singer-actress Tania Mara (24) weds director Jayme Monjardim (50) at Chapel of Sao Jose das Botas on the grounds of Hotel Fazenda Florenca in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil