San Juan in History

Puerto Rico: Caguas - Ponce

Historical Events

  • 1625-09-24 Dutch attack San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1797-04-17 Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico, in what would be one of the largest invasions of Spanish territories in America.
  • 1954-03-28 WKAQ TV channel 2 in San Juan, PR (TM) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-05-01 WAPA TV channel 4 in San Juan, PR (NBC/SFN) begins broadcasting
  • 1958-01-06 WIPR TV channel 6 in San Juan, PR (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1960-05-23 WKBM TV (now WLII) channel 11 in Caguas/San Juan, PR 1st broadcast
  • 1964-10-01 WTSJ TV channel 18 in San Juan, PR (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1978-03-22 Karl Wallenda of The Flying Wallendas dies after falling off a tight-rope between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • 1986-12-31 Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 97
  • 1989-07-29 Javier Sotomayor of Cuba sets high jump record (8'0") in San Juan
  • 1996-11-21 A propane explosion at the Humberto Vidal shoe store and office building in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 33.

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1912-01-08 José Ferrer, Puerto Rican actor and director (Blood Tide, Dune), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 1992)

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1947-04-05 Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President of the Philippines (2001-2010), born in San Juan

14th President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
14th President of the Philippines
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
  • 1958-08-11 Cordelia Gonzalez, actress (La Gran Fiesta), born in San Juan Puerto Rico
  • 1964-02-22 Gigi Fernandez, [Beatriz], San Juan PR, US tennis star (Olymp-gold-96)
  • 1968-09-13 Bernie Williams, San Juan Puerto Rico, outfielder (NY Yankees)
  • 1969-04-06 Ari Meyers, San Juan PR, actress (Emma McArdle-Kate & Allie)

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1971-12-24 Ricky Martin, Puerto Rican singer (Menudo) and actor (General Hospital), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Singer/Actor Ricky Martin
Singer/Actor
Ricky Martin
  • 1971-12-28 Melvin Nieves, San Juan Puerto Rico, outfielder (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1984-08-01 Valery Ortiz, San Juan, Puerto Rican actress

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1923-10-16 General Francisco Franco (30) marries María del Carmen Polo y Martínez-Valdés (23) at Church of San Juan el Real in Oviedo

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • 2001-10-05 "The Golden Boy" professional boxer Oscar De La Hoya (28) weds Puerto Rican pop singer Millie Corretjer (27) in a secret ceremony held at "El Invernino" in San Juan
  • 2006-10-14 Merengue singer Melina Leon (33) weds Ruy Fernando Delgado at La Iglesia Metodista Universitaria in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 2008-11-29 "Without a Trace" star Roselyn Sanchez (35) weds actor Eric Winter (32) at Fort San Cristobal in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico