Today in Dominican Republic History

Historical Events


Santa María

1492-10-25 Christopher Columbus' flagship the Santa María lands at Dominican Republic

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1492-12-25 Christopher Columbus' flagship the Santa María runs aground and sinks on Hispaniola

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 1822-02-09 Haiti invades the newly founded Dominican Republic.
  • 1844-02-27 Dominican Republic gains independence from Haiti (National Day)
  • 1865-08-16 Restoration Day in the Dominican Republic: The Dominican Republic regains its independence after 4 years of fighting against the Spanish Annexation.
  • 1883-08-17 The first public performance of the Dominican Republic's national anthem, Himno Nacional.
  • 1905-01-20 The US begins supervision of the Dominican Republic's national and international debts, testing Roosevelt's 'Corollary' to the Monroe Doctrine
  • 1907-02-25 US proclaims protectorate over Dominican Republic
  • 1916-05-05 US marines invade Dominican Republic, stay until 1924
  • 1916-05-29 US forces invade Dominican Republic, stay until 1924
  • 1916-11-29 US declares martial law in Dominican Republic
  • 1924-06-26 After 8 years of occupation, US troops leave Dominican Republic
  • 1930-09-03 Hurricane kills 2,000, injures 4,000 (Dominican Republic)
  • 1946-08-04 An earthquake of magnitude 8.0 hits northern Dominican Republic. 100 are killed and 20,000 are left homeless.

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1959-01-01 Cuban Dictator Fulgencio Batista flees Cuba for the Dominican Republic

Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista
  • 1960-11-25 Three of the four Mirabal sisters, opponents of the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic, are assassinated.
  • 1961-05-30 Long time Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo is assassinated in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
  • 1963-08-16 Independence is restored to Dominican Republic
  • 1963-10-07 Hurricane Flora hits Haiti & Dominican Republic, kills 7,190
  • 1965-04-24 Military coup under Donald Reid Cabral in Dominican Republic
  • 1965-04-28 US marines invade Dominican Republic, stay until October 1966
  • 1965-09-03 Garcia Godoy forms government in Dominican Republic
  • 1966-06-01 Joaquin Balaguer elected president of Dominican Republic
  • 1966-11-28 Dominican Republic adopts constitution
  • 1982-11-18 Mariasela Alvarez of Dominican Republic, crowned 32nd Miss World
  • 1990-05-16 Dominican Republic President Joaquín Ricardo Balaguer re-elected
  • 1994-05-16 Joaquín Balaguer (86) elected President of Dominican Republic
  • 1997-12-24 The Dominican Republic becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
  • 2001-11-12 In New York City, American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 on its way to the Dominican Republic, crashes minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 on board and five on the ground.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1907-09-01 Joaquin Balaguer, president Dominican Republic
  • 1909-06-30 Juan Bosch, poet/pres of Dominican Republic (1962-63)
  • 1911-02-12 Sylvstre A Guzman Fernandez, president (Dominican Republic)
  • 1936-05-13 Rafael Campos, Santiago Dominican Republic, actor (Tonka)
  • 1953-12-26 Leonel Fernández, Dominican politician and current President of the Dominican Republic

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1968-11-12 Sammy Sosa, San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic, baseball outfielder (Chicago Cubs)

MLB Outfielder Sammy Sosa
MLB Outfielder
Sammy Sosa
  • 1971-03-20 Manny Alexander, Dominican Republic, infielder (Baltimore Orioles)
  • 1971-09-06 Sandra Natasha Abreu, Miss Universe-Dominican Republic (1996)
  • 1977-05-14 Cesarina Mejia, Miss Dominican Republic Universe (1997)
  • 1980-02-01 Héctor Luna, Dominican Republic baseball player

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1994-05-26 Michael Jackson (35) weds Elvis' daughter Lisa Marie Presley (26) in La Romana, Dominican Republic

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley
  • 2005-07-09 "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" actress Diane Neal (28) weds Marcus Fitzgerald on a beach in the Dominican Republic
  • 2005-12-03 NBC correspondent Hoda Kotb (41) weds New Orleans tennis coach Burzis Kanga in the Dominican Republic

Famous Divorces


Broken-heartDivorce of Interest

1989-02-14 Robin Givens is granted a divorce from Mike Tyson in the Dominican Republic

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

Famous Deaths

  • 1911-11-19 Ramon Caceres, President (Dominican Republic), murdered
  • 2002-07-14 Joaquín Balaguer, President of the Dominican Republic (b. 1906)