Ecuadorian History

Ecuador: Cuenca - Guayaquil - Quito

Historical Events

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1802-01-06 Naturalists Alexander von Humboldt and Aimé Bonpland reach Quito, Ecuador

Naturalist and Explorer Alexander von Humboldt
Naturalist and Explorer
Alexander von Humboldt
  • 1809-08-10 Ecuador declares independence from Spain (National Day)
  • 1820-10-09 Guayaquil, Ecuador declares its freedom from Ecuador
  • 1820-11-03 Cuenca (Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca), Ecuador, declares independence
  • 1830-05-13 Republic of Ecuador is founded, with Juan Jose Flores as president
  • 1831-11-17 Ecuador and Venezuela separated from Greater Colombia
  • 1832-02-12 Ecuador annexes Galapagos Islands
  • 1868-08-13 Earthquakes kill 25,000 & causes $300 million damages (Peru & Ecuador)
  • 1906-12-28 Ecuador adopts its second liberal constitution
  • 1914-08-31 Ecuador becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
  • 1922-05-29 Ecuador becomes independent
  • 1929-03-28 Democratic constitution goes into effect in Ecuador
  • 1935-08-20 Miltary coup by General Pons & president Ibarra in Ecuador
  • 1942-01-29 Peru & Ecuador sign Protocol of Rio (boundary determiniation)
  • 1945-02-14 Peru, Paraguay, Chile & Ecuador joins UN
  • 1949-02-12 Panic in Quito, Ecuador, after "War of the Worlds" played on radio

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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
  • 1956-01-08 Operation Auca: Five U.S. missionaries are killed by the Huaorani of Ecuador shortly after making contact with them.
  • 1970-09-01 Jose Velasco Ibarra re-elected president of Ecuador
  • 1972-02-15 President Velasco Ibarra of Ecuador deposed for 4th time
  • 1976-01-11 Military coup in Ecuador, President Guillermo Lara leaves
  • 1979-08-10 Ecuador adopts its 17th constitution, extending citizenship and suffrage to all Ecuadorians over 18
  • 1987-03-06 6.8 earthquake hits Ecuador, kills 100
  • 1988-08-10 Rodrigo Borja installed as president of Ecuador
  • 1991-01-26 Alfaro Vive guerrilla group of Ecuador gives arms to Catholic church
  • 1991-10-09 Ecuador becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty
  • 1992-07-05 Sixto Durán Ballén elected president of Ecuador
  • 1993-05-09 Landslide in Nambija Ecuador, kills 300
  • 1995-01-09 Ecuador & Peru involved in boundary fight

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2012-08-16 Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange is granted political asylum by Ecuador

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange
Wikileaks founder
Julian Assange
  • 2013-02-17 President Rafael Correa wins the Ecuadorian general election in a landslide victory
  • 2013-05-24 Rafael Correa is sworn into a third term as President of Ecuador
  • 2016-01-23 Zika virus outbreak in Brazil prompts Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador and Jamaica to recommend women delay pregnancies for up to 2 years

Famous Birthdays

  • 1800-07-19 Juan José Flores, General and first President of Ecuador (1839-1845), born in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela (d. 1864)
  • 1832-04-13 Juan Montalvo, Ecuadorian author (Siete Tratados), born in Ambato, Ecuador (d. 1889)
  • 1900-01-28 Alexandre AM Stols [Chl van Halsbeke], publisher (History of Ecuador)

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1904-09-17 Frederick Ashton, British choreographer (Cinderella), born in Guayaquil, Ecuador (d. 1988)

Choreographer Frederick Ashton
Choreographer
Frederick Ashton
  • 1906-02-17 Galo Plaza Lasso, President of Ecuador (1948-52), head of OAS (1968-75)
  • 1929-12-13 Albert Paulsen, Guayaquil Ecuador, actor (Doctors' Hospital)
  • 1937-12-06 Alberto Spencer, Ecuadorian footballer (d. 2006)
  • 1950-01-24 Benjamin Urrutia, Ecuadorian-born American writer
  • 1959-02-15 Hugo Savinovich, Ecuadorian wrestler
  • 1960-02-27 Andres Gomez, Ecuador, tennis pro (Madrid Grand Prix-1990)
  • 1962-10-17 Mike Judge, Ecuadorian born American cartoonist, born in Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • 1965-04-16 Gerardo [Mejía], Ecuadorian American rapper, born in Guayaquil
  • 1968-11-11 Wyatt Pauley, Ecuador, rocker (Linear-I Never Felt This Way, Lies)
  • 1969-09-08 Oswaldo Ibarra, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1973-02-05 Diego Serrano, Quito Ecuador, actor (Tomas Rivera-Another World)
  • 1973-04-11 Monica Chala, Miss Universe-Ecuador (1996)
  • 1974-02-08 Ulises de la Cruz, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1974-08-16 Iván Hurtado, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1974-09-26 Boris Cepeda, German-Ecuadorian pianist and diplomat
  • 1974-12-23 Agustín Delgado, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1977-04-12 Giovanny Espinoza, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1977-07-22 Maria Jose Lopez, Miss Ecuador Universe (1997)
  • 1977-07-23 Neicer Reasco, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1977-10-15 Patricio Urrutia, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1977-10-24 Iván Kaviedes, Ecuadorian football player, born in Santo Domingo, Ecuador
  • 1979-03-12 Edwin Villafuerte, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1979-03-16 Edison Méndez, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1979-05-14 Carlos Tenorio, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1979-08-26 Cristian Mora, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1980-02-01 Otilino Tenorio, Ecuadorian footballer (d. 2005)
  • 1980-04-27 Christian Lara, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1980-10-14 Paul Ambrosi, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1981-09-28 Jorge Guagua, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1981-10-06 José Luis Perlaza, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1982-04-10 Damián Lanza, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1982-05-15 Segundo Castillo, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1983-04-02 Felix Borja, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1983-10-20 Luis Saritama, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1985-08-04 Luis Antonio Valencia, Ecuadorean footballer
  • 1986-05-01 Christian Benítez, Ecuadorian footballer, (d. 2013)

Famous Deaths

  • 1795-12-28 Eugenio Espejo, Ecuadorian scientist (b. 1747)
  • 1864-10-01 Juan José Flores, General and first President of Ecuador (1839-1845), dies at 64
  • 1889-01-17 Juan Montalvo, Ecuadorian author (Siete Tratados), dies at 56
  • 1978-02-09 Julio Jaramillo, Ecuadorian singer (b. 1935)
  • 1990-06-08 Alfredo Poveda, president of Consul of Ecuador (1976-79), dies
  • 1999-03-10 Oswaldo Guayasamin, Ecuadorian paintor and sculptor (b. 1919)
  • 2005-05-07 Otilino Tenorio, Ecuadorian footballer (b. 1980)
  • 2006-11-03 Alberto Spencer, Ecuadorean footballer (b. 1937)
  • 2007-01-24 Guadalupe Larriva, Ecuadorian politician (b. 1956)
  • 2008-12-15 León Febres Cordero, Ecuador's former President (b. 1931)
  • 2013-07-29 Christian Benítez, Ecuadorian footballer, dies from heart failure at 27