Panamanian History

Historical Events

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  • 1519-08-15 Panama City founded by Spanish conquistador Pedro Arias Dávila
  • 1624-05-03 Spanish silver fleet sails to Panama

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1670-01-18 British privateer Sir Henry Morgan captures Panama

Pirate Henry Morgan
Pirate
Henry Morgan
  • 1671-01-18 Pirate Henry Morgan defeats Spanish defenders, captures Panama
  • 1671-01-27 Pirate Henry Morgan lands at Panama City
  • 1698-07-14 The Darien scheme begins with five ships, bearing about 1,200 people, departing Leith for the Isthmus of Panama.
  • 1698-11-02 Scottish settlers make landfall in Panama, establishing the ill-fated 'Darien Venture' colony.
  • 1821-11-28 Panama declares independence from Spain
  • 1826-03-14 General Congress of South American States assembles at Panama
  • 1848-12-26 1st gold seekers arrive in Panama en route to SF
  • 1855-01-28 The first locomotive runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean on the Panama Railway.
  • 1873-05-07 US marines attack Panama
  • 1879-08-17 Ferdinand de Lesseps forms French Panama Canal Company
  • 1880-01-01 Building of Panama Canal, begins
  • 1881-02-24 De Lesseps' Company begins work on Panama Canal
  • 1888-12-11 French Panama Canal Company fails
  • 1900-02-05 The United States and the United Kingdom sign treaty for Panama Canal
  • 1900-11-30 The First Isthmian Canal Commission, appointed by the President having examined possible routes for a canal, issues its report favoring that through Nicaragua over the Panama route
  • 1902-01-04 The French Panama Canal Company offers to sell its right to build a canal to the US for 40 million; this will tip the balance away from those favoring a canal through Nicaraugua
  • 1902-01-18 Despite reports that favor the US building a route through Nicaragua for a canal, a 'supplementary report' recommends the route through Panama
  • 1902-06-28 US buys concession to build Panama canal from French for $40 million
  • 1903-01-22 The Hay-Herran Treaty concerning the USA's right to the Panama Canal is signed by the Colombian Charge d'affaires in Washington, D.C. (never ratified)
  • 1903-11-03 Colombia grants independence to Panama
  • 1903-11-04 Panama and Colombia wake up to news that the insurrectionists have declared an independent Republic of Panama
  • 1903-11-06 USA recognizes independence of Panama
  • 1903-11-18 Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty gives US exclusive canal rights in Panama
  • 1904-02-23 United States acquires control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million

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1904-02-29 Theodore Roosevelt, appoints 7-man Panama Canal Commission to proceed with completing a canal at the Isthmus

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • 1904-05-04 Construction begins by the United States on the Panama Canal.
  • 1904-07-28 Rafael Reyes becomes dictator of Colombia after losing Panama
  • 1904-11-18 General Esteban Huertas steps down after the government of Panama fears he wants to stage a coup.
  • 1906-11-09 Theodore Roosevelt is 1st US President to visit another country (Puerto Rico and Panama)
  • 1906-11-14 US President Theodore Roosevelt visits Panama
  • 1908-05-01 World's most intense shower (2.47" in 3 minutes) at Portobelo, Panama
  • 1909-01-05 Colombia recognizes Panama's independence
  • 1909-08-24 Workers start pouring concrete for Panama Canal
  • 1911-01-31 Congress names SF as Panama Canal opening celebration site
  • 1913-10-10 Gamboa Dam in Panama blown up; Atlantic & Pacific waters mix
  • 1913-11-17 The first ship sails through the Panama Canal, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans
  • 1914-01-07 1st steamboat passes through Panama Canal
  • 1914-04-08 US & Colombia sign a treaty concerning Panama Canal Zone
  • 1914-08-03 1st seaworthy ship passes through the Panama Canal
  • 1914-08-15 Panama Canal opens (under cost)
  • 1914-08-29 Arizonian is 1st vessel to arrive in SF via Panama Canal
  • 1914-11-17 US declares Panama Canal Zone neutral
  • 1915-01-16 Congress authorizes $1 & $50 Panama-Pacific Intl Expo gold coin
  • 1915-02-20 Panama-Pacific International Exposition opens in San Francisco
  • 1915-06-15 US government mints 1st $50 gold pieces, for Panama Pacific Expo
  • 1915-12-04 Panama-Pacific International Exposition closes in San Francisco
  • 1921-03-05 The US warns Costa Rica and Panama to settle disputes peacefully
  • 1926-07-28 US & Panamanian pact about safeguard of Panama Canal
  • 1930-04-04 The Communist Party of Panama is founded.
  • 1930-11-09 1st nonstop airplane flight from NY to Panama

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1934-07-11 FDR became 1st US president to travel through Panama Canal

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1940-10-30 Cole Porters musical "Panama Hattie" premieres in New York City
  • 1941-10-09 A coup in Panama declares Ricardo Adolfo de la Guardia Arango the new president.
  • 1946-03-01 Panama accepts its new constitution
  • 1948-06-19 Panama & Costa Rica recognize Israel

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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
  • 1953-12-15 WJHG TV channel 7 in Panama City, FL (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955-01-02 Panamanian president Jose Antonio Remon is assassinated.
  • 1955-01-03 Jose Ramon Guizado becomes president of Panama
  • 1955-01-25 US & Panama sign canal treaty
  • 1955-11-21 Argentina asks Panama for return of ex-president Peron
  • 1964-01-09 Anti-US rioting broke out in Panama Canal Zone
  • 1964-01-10 Panama severs diplomatic relations with US
  • 1964-01-11 Panama ends diplomatic relations with US
  • 1964-04-03 US & Panama agree to resume diplomatic relations
  • 1968-10-11 Coup d'état in Panama against President Arnulfo Arias
  • 1971-05-24 A commuter bus plunges into Panama Canal, killing 38 of 43 aboard
  • 1972-06-19 -29] Tropical storm Agnes upgraded to a hurricane, makes landfall in Panama City (would kill 128)
  • 1972-10-11 Panama adopts constitution
  • 1974-12-31 Gold legal in US, Franklin Mint strikes Panama's Gold 100 balboa coin
  • 1976-05-03 Panama 747SP lands after record flight around world (46:26)
  • 1977-08-10 US & Panama sign Panama Canal Zone accord

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1977-09-07 US President Jimmy Carter and Panama's General Omar Torrijos sign the Panama Canal treaties, guaranteeing Panama control of the Panama Canal after 1999

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • 1977-10-23 Panamanians vote 2:1 to approve new Canal treaties
  • 1977-10-30 Panama 747SP lands after polar flight around Earth in record 54:07
  • 1978-03-16 US Senate accepts Panama Canal treaty
  • 1978-04-18 Senate votes to turn Panama Canal over to Panama on Dec 31, 1999
  • 1978-10-11 Aristides Royo elected president of Panama
  • 1979-10-01 US returns Canal Zone (but not the canal) to Panama after 75 years
  • 1979-10-10 Panama assumes sovereignty over Canal Area (ie Canal Zone)
  • 1979-12-15 Deposed Shah of Iran leaves US for Panama
  • 1981-10-01 J Chodorov/N Panama's "Talent for Murder" premieres in London
  • 1982-04-01 US formally transfers Canal Zone to Panama

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1983-08-12 General Manuel A Noriega becomes commander of Panamanian army

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega

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1989-05-11 US President George H. W. Bush orders nearly 2,000 troops to Panama

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush

Famous Birthdays

  • 1858-06-29 George Washington Goethals, engineer (built Panama Canal)
  • 1860-07-26 Philippe J Bunau-Varilla, French engineer (Colombia-Panama)
  • 1899-10-20 Evelyn Brent, actress (Panama Lady, Last Coomand), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1901-08-15 Arias Arnulfo, 3 time president of Panama (1940-41, 49-51, 68)
  • 1904-05-30 Ernesto de la Guardia Jr, President of Panama (1956-60)
  • 1907-08-03 Adrienne Ames, actress (Death Kiss, Panama Patrol), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1909-05-30 George Headley, cricketer, Panama (all-time great WI batsman)
  • 1914-04-21 Norman Panama, American screenwriter (d. 2003)
  • 1917-08-16 Roque Cordero, Panama, composer (Sonata Breve)
  • 1923-06-28 Lloyd Labeach, Panama City, 100m/200m runner (Olympic-bronze-1948)
  • 1926-05-12 Earl Hutto, Panama City Fla, (Rep-D-FL, 1979- )
  • 1928-11-11 Carlos Fuentes, Panama City, Panama, author (The Death of Artemio Cruz), (d. 2012)
  • 1929-02-13 Omar Torrijos Herrera, president Panama
  • 1936-05-12 Guillermo Endara, President of Panama

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1938-02-11 Manuel Antonio Noriega, Panamanian general/dictator (-1990)

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • 1944-05-16 Billy Cobham, Panama, jazz artist (Same Ole Love)
  • 1946-06-29 Ernesto Pérez Balladares, Panamanian politician
  • 1948-07-16 Rubén Blades, Panamanian singer and actor
  • 1950-11-01 Dan Peck, Panama City Fla, rock vocalist/guitarist (America)
  • 1951-06-16 Roberto Durán, Panamanian boxer
  • 1951-12-19 Fred W Leslie, Ancon Panama, PhD/astronaut (STS 73)
  • 1956-04-03 Miguel Bose, Panama, spanish singer/actor (El Avaro, Queen Margot)
  • 1960-09-28 Tom Byrum, Onida SD, Nike golfer (1994 NIKE Panama City Beach-4th)
  • 1963-07-18 Martín Torrijos Espino, President of Panama
  • 1963-12-12 Juan Carlos Varela, President of Panama (2014-), born in Panama City
  • 1964-03-25 Alex Solls, American jockey, born in Panama City, Panama
  • 1964-10-01 Roberto Kelly, Panama, outfielder (NY Yanks, Cincinnati Reds, Minnesota Twins)
  • 1967-03-12 Julio Dely Valdes, Panamanian footballer
  • 1969-01-13 Orlando Miller, Changionola Panama, infielder (Houston Astros)
  • 1969-11-29 Mariano Rivera, Panama City Panama, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1970-01-23 Sherman Obando, Changuinola Panama, outfielder (Montreal Expos)
  • 1971-03-15 Reyna Royo, Miss Universe-Panama (1996)
  • 1972-06-15 Ramiro Mendoza, Los Santos Panama, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1976-06-20 Carlos Lee, Panamanian baseball player
  • 1976-08-22 Lia Victoria Borrero, Miss Panama Universe (1997)
  • 1980-04-26 Jordana Brewster, Panama, actress (Nikki Graves-As the World Turns)
  • 1983-03-30 Davis Romero, Panamanian baseball player
  • 1987-12-18 Fernando Jara, Panamanian-American jockey

Famous Deaths

  • 1936-03-19 John Larkin IV, actor/writer (Charlie Chan in Panama), dies at 63
  • 1955-01-02 Jose Antonio Remon, president of Panama (1952-55), assassinated
  • 1981-07-31 Gen Omar Torrijos, leader of Panama, dies in plane crash
  • 1988-08-10 Arias Arnulfo, 3 time president of Panama, dies at 86
  • 1993-03-15 Ricardo M Arias Espinosa, president of Panama (1955-56), dies
  • 2002-06-23 Pedro 'El Rockero' Alcazar, Panamanian boxer (b. 1975)
  • 2003-01-13 Norman Panama, American screenwriter and director (b. 1914)
  • 2009-09-28 Guillermo Endara, former President of Panama (b. 1936)