Buenos Aires in History

Historical Events

  • 1536-02-02 Pedro de Mendoza founds Argentine city of Buenos Aires
  • 1806-06-24 British under Commodore Popham and Colonel Beresford reach Buenos Aires
  • 1806-06-27 Buenos Aires captured by British
  • 1807-07-05 Second Battle of Buenos Aires lost by invading British forces
  • 1810-05-25 In the May Revolution, citizens of Buenos Aires expel the Spanish Viceroy Cisneros during Semana de Mayo

Historic Event

1833-09-20 Charles Darwin arrives in Buenos Aires after travelling through the Argentine interior with guachos

  • 1853-05-23 Buenos Aires gains independence from Argentina (reunited 1859)

Music History

1893-03-11 Carlos Gardel and his mother, Berthe Gardès, arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • 1914-12-14 Lisandro de la Torre and others found the Democratic Progressist Party (Partido Demócrata Progresista, PDP) at the Hotel Savoy, Buenos Aires.
  • 1919-01-15 Semana Tragica (Tragic Week): Bloodbath in Buenos Aires
  • 1928-05-23 Bomb attack on Italian embassy in Buenos Aires, 22 die

Historic Event

1928-12-11 Buenos Aires police thwart an attempt on President-elect Herbert Hoover

  • 1945-03-06 Federico Garcia Lorca's "La Casa" premieres in Buenos Aires
  • 1951-02-25 1st Pan American Games opens (Buenos Aires Argentina)

Historic Event

1951-04-04 Dutch Prince Bernhard visits Argentine President Juan & Eva Perón in Buenos Aires

Historic Event

1957-04-11 Pablo Neruda arrested in Buenos Aires

Historic Publication

1967-05-30 Argentinian author Gabriel García Márquez's most important work "One Hundred Years of Solitude" is published in Buenos Aires

  • 1968-06-23 74 are killed and 150 injured in a football stampede towards a closed exit in a Buenos Aires stadium
  • 1972-04-10 20 days after he was kidnapped in Buenos Aires, Oberdan Sallustro is executed by communist guerrillas
  • 1973-06-20 Ezeiza massacre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Snipers fire upon left-wing Peronists. At least 13 are killed and more than 300 are injured
  • 1978-06-25 FIFA World Cup Final, El Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina: Striker Mario Kempes scores 2 goals as Argentina beats the Netherlands, 3-1 after extra time

Historic Event

1985-12-09 Argentinian Junta leaders Jorge Rafael Videla and Emilio Eduardo Massera sentenced to life imprisonment for human rights violations in Buenos Aires

  • 1988-10-15 Amnesty International's "Human Rights Now!" Concert Tour ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1992-03-17 Islamic Jihad car bombing of Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina kills 29 [1]
  • 1994-07-18 Bomb attack on Jewish center AMIA in Buenos Aires, 86 killed
  • 1997-03-07 Athens, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Rome & Stockholm are finalists for 2004 Olympics site
  • 1999-08-31 A LAPA Boeing 737-200 crashes during takeoff from Jorge Newbury Airport in Buenos Aires, killing 65, including 2 on the ground.
  • 2001-12-19 Argentine economic crisis: December 2001 riots - Riots erupt in Buenos Aires after Domingo Cavallo's corralito measures restrict the withdrawal of cash from bank deposits.
  • 2004-12-30 A fire in the República Cromagnon nightclub in Buenos Aires, Argentina kills 194.
  • 2011-07-24 Copa América Final, River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires: Diego Forlán scores twice as Uruguay beats Paraguay, 3–0 to earn their 15th title
  • 2012-02-22 Train crash in Buenos Aires, Argentina, kills 50 and injures hundreds

Film Premiere

2012-06-26 Animated film "Ice Age: Continental Drift", directed by Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier with voices by Ray Romano and John Leguizamo premieres in Buenos Aires

  • 2018-11-24 Copa Libertadores Final 2nd-leg between Buenos Aires rivals River Plate & Boca Juniors is postponed after Boca bus attacked by River fans; players suffer cuts & affects of police tear gas; River wins, 5-3 on aggregate when 2nd-leg played in Madrid, Spain (9 Dec)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1757-06-18 Gervasio Antonio de Posadas, Argentine politician and 1st Supreme Director of the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1833)
  • 1758-09-26 Cosme Argerich, Argentine physician and founder of the Medicine School of Buenos Aires, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1820)

Manuel Belgrano

1770-06-03 Manuel Belgrano, Argentine politician and Military Leader who took part in the Argentine Wars of Independence and created the Flag of Argentina, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1820)

  • 1814-04-24 Vicente Fidel López, Argentine historian (La Novia del Hereje), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1903)
  • 1821-06-26 Bartolomé Mitre [Martínez], Argentine general, author, statesman and President (1862-1868), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1906)
  • 1852-05-31 Francisco Moreno, Argentine explorer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1919)

Hipólito Yrigoyen

1852-07-12 Hipólito Yrigoyen, President of Argentina (1916-22, 1928-30), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1933)

  • 1859-05-06 Luis María Drago, Argentine statesman and author of Drago Doctrine, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1921)
  • 1862-11-23 Alberto Williams, Argentine pianist and composer (Etrerno Reposo), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1952)
  • 1868-10-04 Marcelo Torcuato de Alvear, President of Argentina (1922-28), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1942)
  • 1875-03-04 Enrique Larreta [E R Maza], Argentine diplomat and writer (Gloria de Don Ramiro), born in Buenos Aires (d. 1961)
  • 1878-08-03 Constantino Gaito, Argentinian composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1945)

Carlos Saavedra Lamas

1878-11-01 Carlos Saavedra Lamas, Argentine politician (Nobel Peace Prize 1936), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1959)

  • 1881-10-12 Carlos Lopez Buchardo, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1948)
  • 1884-05-01 Felipe Boero, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1958)
  • 1884-09-15 Floro Ugarte, Argentine composer (From My Land; Saika), and educator, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1975)
  • 1885-07-25 Benito Lynch, Irish-Argentine writer (Caranchos de la Florida), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1951)
  • 1887-04-10 Bernardo Houssay, Argentine physiologist (Nobel 1947), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1971)
  • 1889-05-25 Gilardo Gilardi, Argentine composer, pianist and conductor (La leyenda del urutaú; Réquiem; Misa de Gloria), born in San Fernando, Argentina (d. 1963)

Carlos Gardel

1890-12-11 Carlos Gardel, Argentine singer and the most prominent figure in the history of tango, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1935)

  • 1891-06-07 Athos Palma, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1951)
  • 1892-12-15 José María Castro, Argentine composer, born in Avellaneda, Buenos Aires (d. 1964)

Juan Perón

1895-10-08 Juan Perón, Argentine military officer and President of Argentina (1946-55, 73-74), born in Buenos Aires (d. 1974)

Jorge Luis Borges

1899-08-24 Jorge Luis Borges, Argentine writer of fiction and essays (Labyrinths), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1986)

  • 1900-01-30 Martita Hunt, Argentine-born English actress (Man in Grey, Great Expectations), born in Buenos Aires (d. 1969)
  • 1900-04-02 Roberto Arlt, Argentine writer (The Seven Madmen), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1942)
  • 1905-12-02 Osvaldo Pugliese, Argentine musician and composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1995)
  • 1908-08-30 Leonor Fini, Argentine artist, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1996)
  • 1909-07-04 Lynette Roberts, British poet, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1995)
  • 1910-12-26 Imperio Argentina, Argentine actress and singer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2003)
  • 1915-01-09 Fernando Lamas, Argentine American actor and director (Lost World, You look marvelous), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1982)
  • 1915-05-04 Pedro Saenz, Argentine and Spanish composer, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1995)
  • 1916-01-11 Bernard Blier, actor (Les Miserables), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1916-04-11 Alberto E Ginastera, Argentine composer (Panambi), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1983)
  • 1916-08-03 José Manuel Moreno, Argentine footballer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1978)
  • 1916-09-13 Richard "Dick" Haymes, Argentine-American actor and singer (State Fair; Real Life; Betrayal), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1980)
  • 1918-08-28 Alejandro Agustín Lanusse, President of Argentina (1971-73), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1996)
  • 1919-09-21 Mario Bunge, Argentine philosopher and physicist, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1920-05-03 Nina Bara [Frances Bauer], Argentinian actress (Missile to the Moon, Space Patrol), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1990)
  • 1922-04-14 Maria Luisa Bemberg, Argentine filmmaker, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1995)
  • 1923-06-28 Adolfo Schwelm Cruz, Argentine racing driver, born in Buenos Aires (d. 2012)
  • 1924-05-05 Leopoldo Torre Nilsson, Argentine film director (Monday's Child), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1978)

Alfredo Di Stéfano

1926-07-04 Alfredo Di Stéfano, Argentine soccer forward (Spain 31 caps, Argentina 6, Colombia 4; European Cup 1956-60; Real Madrid) and manager (European Cup Winners' Cup: 1980 Valencia), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2014)

  • 1927-03-12 Raúl Alfonsín, President of Argentina (1983-89), born in Chascomús, Buenos Aires (d. 2009)
  • 1927-06-19 Luciano Benjamín Menéndez, Argentine general, Commander of the Third Army Corps (1975-79), and convicted human rights violator and murderer, born in San Martín, Buenos Aires (d. 2018)
  • 1927-07-18 Carlo Franci, Italian composer and conductor, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2019)
  • 1928-01-21 Reynaldo Bignone, Argentine politician and human rights violator, 41st President (1982–1983), born in Morón, Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2018)
  • 1928-07-10 Alejandro de Tomaso, Argentine auto racer and car manufacturer (De Tomaso Automobili), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2003)
  • 1928-10-26 Francisco Solano López, Argentine comic artist, born in Buenos Aires (d. 2011)
  • 1930-02-08 Alejandro Rey, Argentine-American actor and director (Carlos-Flying Nun), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1987)
  • 1930-05-03 Juan Gelman, Argentine poet, born in Buenos Aires (d. 2014)
  • 1931-11-26 Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Argentine painter and activist (1980 Nobel Peace Prize), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1931-12-24 Mauricio Kagel, Argentine-German composer, born in Buenos Aires, Germany (d. 2008)
  • 1932-06-21 (Boris) "Lalo" Schifrin, Argentine-American jazz pianist and composer (Mission Impossible; Caveman), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1932-07-13 Antonio Roma, football goalkeeper (42 caps), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2013)
  • 1934-02-23 Linda Cristal, Argentinian actress (High Chapparal), born in Buenos Aires, Brazil (d. 2020)
  • 1934-03-04 Mario Davidovsky, Argentine-American electro-acoustic composer (Synchronisms), born in Médanos, Argentina (d. 2019)
  • 1935-03-27 Abelardo Castillo, Argentine writer and novelist, born in San Pedro, Buenos Aires (d. 2017)
  • 1935-10-02 Omar Sívori, Argentine soccer forward and manager (19 caps Argentina, 9 caps Italy; Juventus), born in San Nicolás, Buenos Aires Province (d. 2005)

Pope Francis

1936-12-17 Pope Francis [Jorge Mario Bergoglio], Catholic Pope (2013-) 1st Jesuit pope, 1st from the Americas and 1st non-European pope since Syrian Gregory III in 741, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • 1937-09-05 Antonio Valentín Angelillo, Italian-Argentinian footballer who played for both Argentina and Italy, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2018)
  • 1940-05-07 Armando Krieger, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1940-08-21 Ana Isabel Anderson-Imbert, Argentinian rheumatologist, born in Buenos Aires
  • 1940-10-04 Silvio Marzolini, Argentine soccer defender (28 caps; Boca Juniors), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2020)
  • 1941-06-05 Martha Argerich, Argentine-Swiss classical piano prodigy (concert debut at age 8; Chopin Competition winner, 1964), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1941-10-05 Eduardo Duhalde, President of Argentina (2002-03), born in Lomas de Zamora, Greater Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1941-12-04 Raul Blanco, Argentine-Australian soccer coach (Australia 1996-97), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1942-11-15 Daniel Barenboim, Argentine-Israeli-Palestinian-Spanish concert pianist and conductor (Orchestre de Paris, 1975-89; Chicago Symphony, 1991-2006; Staatskapelle and Berlin Opera, 1992-present), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1943-07-15 Diligenti quintuplets, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1943-08-01 Denny Cordell, British rock music and record producer (The Moody Blues; Leon Russell), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1995)
  • 1945-12-31 Claude Marks, FALN member (FBI most wanted), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1948-06-27 Angel Penna Jr., horse trainer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1948-11-02 Víctor Galíndez, Argentine boxer (WBA light heavyweight title 1974-79), born in Vedia, Buenos Aires (d. 1980)
  • 1949-04-26 Carlos Bianchi, Argentine soccer forward and coach (14 caps; Vélez Sarsfield, Boca Juniors), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1950-01-23 Luis Alberto Spinetta, Argentinian rock musician (Almendra, Pescado Rabioso, Invisible), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2012)
  • 1950-11-07 Augusto Gen'un Alcalde, 1st South American Zen teacher, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1951-04-17 Olivia Hussey, Argentine-British actress (Romeo & Juliet, Death on Nile), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1952-02-06 Ricardo Lavolpe, Argentine football coach, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Guillermo Vilas

1952-08-17 Guillermo Vilas, Argentine tennis player (4-time Grand Slam winner), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • 1953-02-19 Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, President of Argentina (2007-2015), born in La Plata, Buenos Aires
  • 1956-09-19 Juan Manuel Fangio II, Argentine racing driver, born in Balcarce, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1957-01-16 Ricardo Darin, Argentine director and actor (The Secret in Their Eyes), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1958-06-12 Fernando "Frank" Caldeiro, Argentine-American astronaut, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1959-02-08 Mauricio Macri, Argentine politician and President of Argentina (2015-present), born in Tandil, Buenos Aires

Diego Maradona

1960-10-30 Diego Maradona, Argentine soccer forward (91 caps; World Cup 1986 [captain]; FIFA Player of the 20th Century; Argentinos Juniors, Napoli), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2020)

  • 1962-02-27 Veronica Ribot-Canales, Argentinian-American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1963-03-27 Charly Alberti, Argentinian rock musician (Soda Stereo), born in Buenos Aires
  • 1964-10-09 Martín Jaite, Argentine tennis star, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1964-12-21 Fabiana Udenio, Argentine actress, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1965-04-13 Patricio Pouchulu, Argentine architect, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1966-08-01 Horacio de la Peña, Argentinian tennis star and coach, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1966-08-18 Gustavo Charif, Argentine artist, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1967-01-09 Claudio Caniggia, Argentinian footballer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Gabriela Sabatini

1970-05-16 Gabriela Sabatini, Argentine tennis player (US Open 1990), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • 1971-03-09 Diego Torres, Argentine singer (Un Mundo Diferente), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1971-05-17 Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti, Queen of the Netherlands (2013-present), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1971-06-12 Florencia Labat, Argentine tennis star (1992 Austrian), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1972-03-05 Hernan Gumy, tennis star, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1973-05-25 María José Gaidano, Argentine tennis star (1993 Belgium doubles), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Famous Weddings

José de San Martín

1812-09-12 Revolutionary leader Jose de San Martin (33) weds María de los Remedios de Escalada at Buenos Aires Cathedral in Argentina

  • 1860-11-11 1st Jewish wedding in Buenos Aires Argentina

Diego Maradona

1984-11-07 FIFA soccer player Diego Maradona (24) weds long-time fiancée Claudia Villafañe in Buenos Aires

Michael Bublé

2011-03-31 Canadian-Italian singer Michael Bublé (35) officially weds Argentine actress and model Luisana Lopilato (23) in civil ceremony at Buenos Aires, Argentina Office of the Registry

  • 2011-04-02 Grammy Award-winning singer Michael Bublé (35) again weds Argentine actress-model Luisana Lopilato (23) at Villa Maria Paz, a private mansion near Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 2012-12-20 Actor Facundo Arana (40) weds Maria Susini at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nordelta, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Famous Deaths

  • 1820-02-14 Cosme Argerich, Argentine physician and founder of the Medicine School of Buenos Aires, dies at 61
  • 1990-07-21 Manuel Puig, Argentine writer (Buenos Aires Affair), dies at 57