Panamanian History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 114

  • 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
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
  • 1977-09-07 US President Jimmy Carter & Gen Herrera sign Panama Canal treaties
  • 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)