Today in Costa Rica History

Historical Events


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1502-09-18 Christopher Columbus lands at Costa Rica on his 4th & last voyage

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 1821-09-15 Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras & Nicaragua gain independence
  • 1824-07-25 Costa Rica annexes Guanacaste from Nicaragua.
  • 1824-10-09 Slavery is abolished in Costa Rica.
  • 1856-04-11 Battle of Rivas; Costa Rica beats Wm Walker's invading Nicaraguans
  • 1916-11-30 Costa Rica becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
  • 1919-06-04 US marines invade Costa Rica
  • 1921-01-19 Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras & El Salvador sign Pact of Union
  • 1922-01-29 Union of Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras & El Salvador dissolved
  • 1926-03-14 A train in Costa Rica falls into the Río Virilla, killing 248 and injuring 93.
  • 1948-06-19 Panama & Costa Rica recognize Israel
  • 1949-11-09 Costa Rica adopts Constitution

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1953-07-07 Che Guevara sets out on a trip through Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador.

Argentine Revolutionary Che Guevara
Argentine Revolutionary
Che Guevara
  • 1968-07-29 Mount Arenal, Costa Rica kills 80 in Pelee-type eruption
  • 1978-06-10 Costa Rica becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
  • 1982-02-07 Luis A Monge elected pres of Costa Rica
  • 1986-02-02 Oscar Arias Sanchez elected president of Costa Rica
  • 1987-10-12 Oscar Arias (Costa Rican Pres) wins Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1987-10-13 Costa Rican President Oscar Arias wins Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1989-04-16 Costa Rica beats US 1-0, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • 1989-04-30 US beats Costa Rica 1-0, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • 1991-04-22 Earthquake strikes Costa Rica & Panama, kills 95
  • 1994-02-06 Jose Maria Figueres elected president of Costa Rica
  • 1994-05-08 Jose Maria Figueres becomes president of Costa Rica
  • 2009-01-08 A 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit Costa Rica´s region of Volcan Poás, with an epicenter near Cinchona. It was caused by Varablanca-Angel fault.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1826-04-08 Pancha Carrasco, Costa Rican war heroine (d. 1890)
  • 1919-04-17 Chavela Vargas, Costa Rican-Mexican singer
  • 1940-09-13 Óscar Arias, Costa Rican politician, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1941-12-06 John Nelson, San Jose Costa Rica, conductor (Les Troyens of Berlioz)
  • 1950-04-05 Franklin R Chang-Diaz, Costa Rica, astro (STS 61C, 34,46,60,75, sk:91)
  • 1955-09-10 Giannina Facio Franco, San Jose Costa Rica, Mrs Phillipe Junot
  • 1959-11-07 Alexandre Guimarães, Costa Rican football manager
  • 1963-08-13 Elizabeth Bourland, Costa Rica, US 3x20 rifle (Olympics-7th-1996)
  • 1970-11-08 José Francisco Porras, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1972-12-24 Alvaro Mesen, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1974-08-10 Luis Marín, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1974-10-06 Walter Centeno, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1975-01-24 Rónald Gómez, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1975-09-07 Harold Wallace, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1975-09-18 "Habacuc" Guillermo Vargas, Costa Rican artist
  • 1976-07-31 Paulo Wanchope, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1976-09-08 Gerald Drummond, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1976-09-08 Jervis Drummond, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1976-11-17 Dafne Zeledon, Miss Universe-Costa Rica (1996)
  • 1977-05-06 Gabriela Aguilar, Miss Costa Rica Universe (1997)
  • 1977-08-08 Kurt Bernard, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1977-08-23 Douglas Sequeira, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1977-12-31 Wardy Alfaro, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1979-10-01 Gilberto Martínez, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1979-10-25 Milena Roucka, Canadian former model current professional wrestler of Czech and Costa Rican descent.
  • 1979-11-07 Danny Fonseca, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1980-04-15 Victor Núñez, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1980-11-21 Leonardo González, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1981-12-30 Michael Rodríguez, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1982-03-25 Álvaro Saborío, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1982-04-09 Carlos Hernández, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1982-07-16 Michael Umaña, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1984-05-17 Christian Bolaños, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1984-06-30 Gabriel Badilla, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1984-12-30 Randall Azofeifa, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1985-08-08 Brayan Ruiz, Costa Rican football player

Famous Weddings

  • 2005-12-29 "One Life To Live" actress Bree Williamson (26) weds surfer Josh Evans near the Flor Blanca Resort in Mal Pais, Costa Rica

HeartWedding of Interest

2006-01-07 Punky pop singer Pink (26) weds motocross daredevil and The Surreal Life actor Carey Hart (30) at the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Singer Pink
Singer
Pink
  • 2006-03-03 "Gata Salvaje" telenovela actress Carolina Tejera (29) weds Costa Rican businessman Don Stockwell at the Hotel Marriott in San Jose, Costa Rica
  • 2006-04-01 Miss Costa Rica 2001 Piarella Peralta weds Dutch banker Tiemo Wesseling at Iglesia de Orosi in the Cartago province of Costa Rica

Famous Deaths

  • 1856-04-11 Juan Santamaría, national hero of Costa Rica (b. 1831)
  • 1890-12-31 Pancha Carrasco, Costa Rican war heroine (b. 1826)
  • 1990-06-08 Jose Figueres, president of Costa Rica (1948-49, 53-58, 70-74), dies
  • 1991-10-13 Daniel Oduber Quiros, president of Costa Rica (1974-1978), dies
  • 2011-06-23 Dennis Marshall, Costa Rican footballer (b. 1985)