Mexico City in History

Historical Events

  • 1790-12-17 Aztec calendar stone discovered in Mexico City
  • 1821-09-27 Mexican revolutionary forces led by Agustín de Iturbide occupy Mexico City as Spanish withdraw, bringing an end to the Mexican War of Independence

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1834-01-03 The government of Mexico imprisons Stephen F. Austin in Mexico City.

Founder of Texas Stephen F. Austin
Founder of Texas
Stephen F. Austin
  • 1847-09-13 American-Mexican war: US General Winfield Scott captures Mexico City
  • 1847-09-14 US Marines under General Scott enter Mexico City (halls of Montezuma)
  • 1861-01-01 Porfirio Diaz conquers Mexico City
  • 1861-01-11 Mexico City captured by Juarez (Lib) in War of Reform
  • 1863-06-07 Mexico City captured by French troops
  • 1944-07-20 Fifty are hurt in rioting in front of the presidential palace in Mexico City.
  • 1963-10-18 IOC votes Mexico City to host 1968 Olympics
  • 1968-10-02 Mexico City police fire on protesting students, 300-500 killed
  • 1968-10-12 19th Olympic games open at Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1968-10-18 Bob Beamon of USA sets long jump record (29 ft. 2½ in.) in Mexico City
  • 1968-10-27 19th Olympic games close at Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1970-06-21 FIFA World Cup: Brazil beats Italy, 4-1 to win Football's 9th World Cup in Mexico City
  • 1975-10-21 Mexico City's 1st major subway accident takes 26 lives
  • 1977-07-07 12,000 police occupy university in Mexico City
  • 1978-08-05 New Orlean Saints beat Phil Eagles 14-7 in Mexico City (NFL expo)
  • 1984-11-19 Liquid gas tank in Mexico City explodes; 334 die
  • 1985-09-19 8.1 earthquake in Mexico City kills an estimated 10,000 and leaves 250,000 homeless
  • 1986-06-29 FIFA World Cup: Argentina beats West Germany 3-2 in football's 13th World Cup in Mexico City
  • 1986-09-28 Record 23,000 start in a marathon (Mexico City)
  • 1992-01-16 Chapultepec Peace Accords are signed in Mexico City which ends the 12-year Salvadoran Civil War
  • 1999-11-09 TAESA Flight 725, crashes a few minutes after leaving the Uruapan airport en-route to Mexico City. 18 people were killed in the accident.
  • 2005-10-02 NFL plays first regular season game outside United States when the Arizona Cardinals defeat the San Francisco 49ers 31-14 in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 2012-07-08 Tens of thousands protest over election corruption in Mexico City after Enrique Pe

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2015-07-11 Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán escapes from Altiplano maximum-security prison west of Mexico City via a specially constructed 1.5 km tunnel from his cell to a nearby house

  • 2016-02-12 Pope Francis begins his visit to Mexico, arriving at “Benito Juarez” International Airport in Mexico City

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2016-03-19 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, directed by Zack Synder and starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, first premieres in Mexico City

Famous Birthdays

  • 1899-06-13 Carlos Chavez, Mexico City, conductor/composer (Sinfonia India)
  • 1905-02-22 Luis Sandi, Mexico City, a musician, teacher and composer
  • 1906-11-29 Luis Van Rooten, Mexico City Mexico, actor (One Man's Family)
  • 1935-04-10 Jorge Mester, Mexico City Mexico, conductor (Louisville Orch 1967-79)
  • 1942-09-05 Eduardo Mata, Mexico City Mexico, conductor (Improvisaciones)
  • 1947-05-01 Jacob Bekenstein, American-Israeli theoretical physicist (Bekenstein-Hawking radiation), born in Mexico City (d. 2015)
  • 1949-08-07 Carlo Novi, Mexican songwriter and saxopone player (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes), born in Mexico City (d. 2010)
  • 1952-02-12 Salvador Pineda, Mexico City, doctor
  • 1954-04-15 Emmanuel, Mexico City Mexico, spanish singer
  • 1956-12-12 Ana Alicia Ortiz, Mexico City, actress (Melissa-Falcon Crest)

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1958-03-16 Jorge Ramos, Mexican TV anchor, born in Mexico City

News Anchor Jorge Ramos
News Anchor
Jorge Ramos
  • 1961-11-28 Alfonso Cuarón, Mexican film director (Gravity), born in Mexico City
  • 1963-08-15 Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mexican film director (Birdman, Babel), born in Mexico City
  • 1967-07-25 Dave Jareckie, Mexico City Mexico, US biathelete (Olympics-1994)
  • 1976-06-02 Adrian Carlos Olivares, Mexico City, singer (Menudo-Cannonball)
  • 1983-03-01 Lupita Nyong’o, Mexican-Kenyan actress (12 Years a Slave), born in Mexico City

Famous Weddings

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1971-11-27 MLB center fielder Willie Mays (40) weds Mae Louise Allen in Mexico City

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 2007-02-05 "Rudo y Cursi" Mexican actor Diego Luna (28) weds actress and model Camila Sodi (21) in Mexico City