Rio de Janeiro in History

Historical Events

  • 1502-01-01 Portuguese navigators discover Rio de Janeiro
  • 1502-01-20 The present-day location of Rio de Janeiro is first explored
  • 1565-03-01 Portuguese soldier Estácio de Sá founds the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1711-09-22 French troops occupy Rio de Janeiro

BattleExecution

1792-04-21 Brazilian revolutionary Tiradentes, is hanged, drawn and quartered in Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian Revolutionary Tiradentes
Brazilian Revolutionary
Tiradentes
  • 1808-03-07 Portugal's regent Dom Juan IV arrives in Rio De Janeiro

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1832-04-04 Charles Darwin aboard the HMS Beagle reaches Rio de Janeiro

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin
  • 1900-02-23 Steamer "Rio de Janeiro" sinks in San Francisco Bay
  • 1922-07-05 Uprising of social righteousness in Rio de Janeiro

BrazilChrist the Redeemer

1931-10-12 Christ the Redeemer statue opens standing 30 meters high (98 ft) on top of Mount Corcovado overlooking Rio de Janeiro, built by engineer Heitor da Silva Costa
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Christ the Redeemer statue, Brazil
Christ the Redeemer statue, Brazil
  • 1939-11-17 The Rome-Rio de Janeiro air connection is created.
  • 1940-04-16 Heitor Villa-Lobos' opera "Izaht" premieres in Rio de Janeiro
  • 1950-07-16 FIFA World Cup Final, Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Alcides Ghiggia scores a 79th minute winner as Uruguay beats Brazil, 2-1
  • 1961-12-17 Niteroi Circus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil catches fire; 323 die after disgruntled employee sets fire to the tent
  • 1966-01-11 550 die in landslides in mountains behind Rio de Janeiro after rain

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980-01-26 175,000 pay to hear Frank Sinatra sing in Rio de Janeiro

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

  • 1983-12-19 The original FIFA World Cup trophy, the Jules Rimet Trophy, is stolen from the headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation in Rio de Janeiro.
  • 1987-09-13 Cesium-137 stolen from abandoned hospital in Rio de Janeiro
  • 1988-02-20 500 die in heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1992-06-03 World's largest environmental summit opens in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2000-06-12 Sandro Rosa do Nascimento takes hostages while robbing Bus #174 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the highly-publicized standoff becomes a media circus and ends with the death of do Nascimento and a hostage.
  • 2009-06-01 Air France Flight 447 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. All 228 passengers and crew were killed.
  • 2009-10-02 The International Olympic Committee votes to award Rio de Janeiro, Brazil rights to host the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics
  • 2013-03-19 16 people are killed by mudslides in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2014-07-13 FIFA World Cup Final, Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Mario Götze scores an extra time winner as Germany beats Argentina, 1-0
  • 2016-08-05 XXXI Summer Olympic Games officially open in Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2016-08-06 Hoàng Xuân Vinh of Vietnam records 202.5 points to win the gold medal in the men's 10m air pistol at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Vietnam's first ever gold medal in any Olympic event
  • 2016-08-06 Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszú sets world record 4:26.36 to win the gold medal in the women's 400m individual medley at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016-08-06 Australian women's 4 × 100m freestyle relay team of Emma McKeon, Brittany Elmslie, Bronte Campbell & Cate Campbell sets a new world record 3:30.65 to win gold ahead of US and Canada at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016-08-07 British swimmer Adam Peaty records a world record 57.13 to win the gold medal in the men's 100m breaststroke at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics

OlympicsOlympic Gold

2016-08-07 United States men's 4 × 100m freestyle relay team wins the final in 3:09.92 at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Michael Phelps' record 19th Olympic gold medal

Sports record brokenWorld Record

2016-08-07 American swimmer Katie Ledecky sets a new world record with a time of 3:56.46 to win the gold medal in the women's 400m freestyle at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics

Swimmer Katie Ledecky
Swimmer
Katie Ledecky
  • 2016-08-07 Sarah Sjöström of Sweden breaks world record in 55.48 to win the gold medal in the women's 100m butterfly at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016-08-08 Australia beats New Zealand 24-17 to win the inaugural women's sevens rugby gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016-08-08 Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszú wins the women's 100m backstroke gold medal in a time of 58.45; her second gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games
  • 2016-08-09 American swimmer Michael Phelps swims 1:53.36 to win the men's 200m butterfly gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; beats Japan's Masato Sakai by 0.04 for his 20th Olympic gold medal

  • 2016-08-09 American swimmer Katie Ledecky wins her second gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 1:53.73 in the women's 200m freestyle ahead of Sarah Sjöström of Sweden and Australian Emma McKeon
  • 2016-08-09 Hungary's Katinka Hosszú records an Olympic record of 2:06.58 in the women's 200m individual medley, her 3rd gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016-08-09 Chinese weightlifter Deng Wei sets a world record of 147kg in the clean & jerk, and another for a total score of 262kg, to win the women's 63kg gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016-08-10 South Korean shooter Jin Jong-oh recovers from 7th place during the final to record an Olympic record 193.7 and win gold in men's 50m pistol at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; first shooter to win 3 consecutive Olympic gold medals in one event
  • 2016-08-10 18 year old Australian Kyle Chalmers creates huge upset when he swims a junior world record 47.58 to win the blue ribband men's 100m freestyle gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016-08-11 Fiji wins inaugural men's rugby sevens gold medal with a comfortable 43-7 rout of Great Britain at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016-08-11 American super-swimmer Michael Phelps wins men's 200m individual medley in 1:54.66 at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; 3rd athlete and 1st swimmer to win 4 consecutive Olympic gold medals in one event
  • 2016-08-11 American Simone Manuel and Penny Oleksiak of Canada dead heat for the gold medal in coveted 100m freestyle at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; tie in Olympic record 52.70; Sarah Sjöström (Sweden) takes bronze; her 3rd medal of the Games
  • 2016-08-12 Joseph Schooling of Singapore sets Olympic record 50.39 to win men's 100m butterfly gold at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; rare 3-way tie for silver at 51.14, Michael Phelps (USA), Chad le Clos (South Africa) & László Cseh (Hungary)
  • 2016-08-12 American star swimmer Katie Ledecky sets world record 8:04.79 to dominate the women's 800m field at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; medal tally of 4 gold, 1 silver make her most decorated US female athlete at one Olympics
  • 2016-08-12 Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszú wins her 4th medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics finishing 2nd in the women's 200m backstroke; gold to American Maya DiRado in 2:05:99
  • 2016-08-13 British super-star Mo Farah wins 1st leg of 5,000/10,000m double (repeat of London 2012) in 27:05.17 in the 10k at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Kenya's Paul Tanui wins silver just 0.47 behind
  • 2016-08-13 Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson wins blue ribband women's 100m gold in 10.71 at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; American Tori Bowie second in 10.83 and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica 3rd 10.86
  • 2016-08-13 Great Britain sets a world record of 3:14.051 to comfortably beat the United States in the women's cycling team pursuit at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016-08-13 The dominant Great Britain men's crew wins the eight at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; US scores a comfortable win over GB in the women's eight

OlympicsOlympic Gold

2016-08-14 Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt wins coveted 100m Olympic 100m gold medal in 9.81 at Rio de Janeiro Olympics - first man to win the event 3 times

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • 2016-08-14 South African athlete Wayde van Niekerk sets world record 43.03 to win the men's 400m gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Kirani James (Grenada) silver, American LaShawn Merritt bronze
  • 2016-08-14 Kenya's Jemima Sumgong wins women's marathon gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2:24:04; Eunice Kirwa (Bahrain) takes silver, and Mare Dibaba (Ethiopia) bronze
  • 2016-08-14 An all-British final in the men's cycling sprint with Jason Kenny beating team mate Callum Skinner at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016-08-14 Justin Rose of Great Britain finishes with a score of 16 under par to win the inaugural men's individual golf gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Rose is 2 strokes ahead of Henrik Stenson (Sweden) and 3 from American Matt Kuchar

OlympicsOlympic Gold

2016-08-14 Great Britain's Andy Murray wins the men's tennis singles gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics 7–5, 4–6, 6–2, 7–5 over Juan Martín del Potro of Argentina

Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
  • 2016-08-15 Anita Włodarczyk of Poland sets a world record 82.29m to win the women's hammer throw gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Zhang Wenxiu (China) silver, and Sophie Hitchon (Great Britain) bronze.
  • 2016-08-15 Thiago Braz da Silva of Brazil sets an Olympic record 6.03m to win the men's pole vault gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games
  • 2016-08-15 Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas dives at the line to win the women's 400m gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; beats American 6-time Olympic gold medallist Allyson Felix by 0.07
  • 2016-08-16 Georgian weightlifter Lasha Talakhadze sets a world record of 473 total kilograms to win the men's +105kg gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016-08-16 Croatian discus thrower Sandra Perković retains her Olympic title with a distance of 69.21m at the Rio de Janeiro Games
  • 2016-08-16 New Zealand canoeist Lisa Carrington retains her K-1 200m Olympic title with a time of 39.864 at the Rio de Janeiro Games
  • 2016-08-16 Russian pair Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina retain their Olympic synchronised swimming duet title at the Rio de Janeiro Games with final score 194.9910
  • 2016-08-17 American sweep in 100m women's hurdles at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics with Brianna Rollins taking gold ahead of Nia Ali & Kristi Castlin; 1st time US has swept medals in an Olympic women's track & field event
  • 2016-08-17 Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson wins 200m gold medal in 21.78; wraps up 100/200m Rio de Janeiro Olympics double
  • 2016-08-17 Kenyan runner Conseslus Kipruto records an Olympic record 8:03.28 to win the men's 3,000m steeplechase gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games
  • 2016-08-17 German pair Laura Ludwig & Kira Walkenhorst upsets Brazilian hometown favourites Ágatha Bednarczuk & Bárbara Seixas 21–18, 21–14 to win the Olympic women's beach volleyball gold in Rio de Janeiro
  • 2016-08-18 Jamaica's Usain Bolt wins the gold medal in the men's 200m for the 3rd successive Summer Olympics, recording a time of 19.78 in Rio de Janeiro
  • 2016-08-18 Ukranine canoeist Yuriy Cheban sets an Olympic record 39.279 to win the men's C-1 200m gold at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; retains title he won in London 2012
  • 2016-08-18 New Zealand's 2017 America's Cup winning helmsman Peter Burling teams with Blair Tuke to win the gold medal in the 49er class sailing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016-08-18 Great Britain's Alistair Brownlee records time of 1:45.01 to retain his Olympic men's triathlon title at the Rio de Janeiro Games; 0:06 in front of second-place finisher, brother Jonathan Brownlee
  • 2016-08-19 Tajikistan's Dilshod Nazarov throws 78.68m to win the men's hammer throw gold medal the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; first gold medal for Tajikistan in Olympic history
  • 2016-08-19 Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya goes one better than her London silver medal when she wins women's 5,000m at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; runs Olympic record time of 14:26.17
  • 2016-08-19 Colombian BMX rider Mariana Pajón successfully defends her Olympic title when she beats American Alise Post in the final in Rio de Janeiro
  • 2016-08-19 A 6-way tie for first place in the final of the equestrian individual jumping competition at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Nick Skelton of Great Britain wins gold medal jump-off
  • 2016-08-19 Great Britain upsets the heavily favoured Netherlands to win the women's field hockey gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after drawing 3-3 in regulation time; win dramatic penalty shootout, 2-0
  • 2016-08-19 Germany beats Sweden 2-1 in the women's football gold medal match at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; 52,432 at the Maracanã Stadium
  • 2016-08-19 Chloe Esposito of Australia sets Olympic record overall score of 1,372 points to win the women's modern pentathlon in Rio de Janeiro. Élodie Clouvel of France second (1,356 points), Oktawia Nowacka of Poland third (1,349)
  • 2016-08-19 Kiley Neushul scores 3 goals as the US women's water polo team routs Italy 12-5 to win the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro and retain their Olympic title
  • 2016-08-20 German canoeist Sebastian Brendel teams with Jan Vandrey to win the C-2 1,000m at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; wraps up C-1 / C-2 1,000m double
  • 2016-08-20 The Hungarian crew wins canoe sprint K-4 500m at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Danuta Kozák becomes the only female to win K1, K2 and K4 at the same Olympics
  • 2016-08-20 Canoeists Max Rendschmidt and Marcus Gross part of winning German crew in K-4 100m at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; wrap up K-2 / K-4 1,000m double
  • 2016-08-20 Star British runner Mo Farah wins the men's 5,000m in 13:03.30 at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; wraps up 5k/10k double which he also completed in London 2012
  • 2016-08-20 Controversial South African middle distance runner Caster Semenya retains her Olympic women's 800m title in a time of 1:55.28 in the final in Rio de Janeiro
  • 2016-08-20 Chinese diver Chen Aisen does the Olympic 10m platform double in Rio de Janeiro; having already won the synchronised event, he wins the individual gold by a comfortable margin

OlympicsOlympic Gold

2016-08-20 South Korean golfer Inbee Park wins the inaugural Olympic women's individual gold with a final score of 16 under par in Rio de Janeiro; Lydia Ko (New Zealand) 11 under par; Shanshan Feng (China) 10 under par

Golfer Lydia Ko
Golfer
Lydia Ko
  • 2016-08-20 In a blanket finish American triathlete Gwen Jorgensen takes the Olympic gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 1:56.16; 0.40 ahead of Nicola Spirig Hug of Switzerland, and Great Britain's Vicky Holland by 0:45
  • 2016-08-20 Rio de Janeiro Olympics: team sports - China beats Serbia, 3-1 for the women's indoor volleyball gold; in the men's water polo final, Serbia downs Croatia, 11-7 for first Olympic title
  • 2016-08-21 Kevin Durant scores 30 as the US retains the Olympic men's basketball title with a comfortable 96-66 win over Serbia at the Rio de Janeiro Games
  • 2016-08-21 Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge wins the Olympic men's marathon gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games in a time of 2:08.44; Feyisa Lilesa (Ethiopia) second in 2:09:54, and Galen Rupp (US) third in 2:10:05
  • 2016-09-07 15th Summer Paralympics opens in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2018-02-06 Brazilian jockey Jorge Ricardo equals world record number of victories for a jockey - 12,844 in Rio de Janeiro
  • 2018-09-02 Major fire at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro destroys most of its 20 million artifacts
  • 2018-11-09 Mudslide after heavy rain in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil kills 10
  • 2019-02-08 Fire at Ninho de Urubu football training center for Flamengo football club, Rio de Janeiro, kills 10
  • 2019-07-05 Former governor of Rio de Janeiro, Sérgio Cabral says he paid a $2 million bribe to secure votes for his city to be granted 2016 Olympics
  • 2019-07-07 Copa América Final, Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro: Home team Brazil win their 9th title, beating Peru, 3-1; first title since 2007
  • 2019-08-05 Brazilian drug dealer Clauvino da Silva tries and fails to escape Rio de Janeiro jail by dressing up as his teenage daughter in silicone mask and wig
  • 2019-09-08 Brazil's Supreme Court rules Marvel comic depicting two men kissing can be sold after mayor of Rio de Janeiro trys to ban it

Famous Birthdays

  • 1803-08-25 Luís Alves de Lima e Silva, Duque de Caxias and Brazilian military leader, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1880)
  • 1819-04-04 Queen Maria II of Portugal, Daughter of Emperor Pedro I of Brazil, born in Palace of São Cristóvão, Rio de Janeiro, Kingdom of Brazil (d. 1853)
  • 1825-12-02 Pedro II van Alcantara, Emperor of Brazil (1831-89), born in Palace of São Cristóvão, Rio de Janeiro, Empire of Brazil (d. 1891)
  • 1839-01-04 Casimiro de Abreu, Brazil, poet (Meus oito anos), novelist and playwright (Camoes e o jau), born in Casimiro de Abreu, Rio de Janeiro, Empire of Brazil (d. 1860)
  • 1839-06-21 Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, Brazilian writer (Epitaph of a small winner), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1908)
  • 1850-09-09 Leopoldo Miguez, Brazilian composer, born in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro (d. 1902)
  • 1851-03-28 Bernardino Machado, President of Portugal (1915–17, 1925–26), born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 1944)
  • 1852-04-14 Henrique Oswald, Brazilian composer, born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 1931)
  • 1863-04-12 Raul Pompeia, Brazilian writer (O Ateneu), born in Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1895)
  • 1869-10-26 Washington Luís, President of Brazil (1926-30), born in Macaé, Rio de Janeiro (d. 1957)
  • 1887-03-05 Heitor Villa-Lobos, composer (Salon Waltz), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1893-06-28 Luciano Gallet, Brazilian composer, born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 1931)
  • 1893-11-11 Alceu Amoroso Lima, Brazilian essayist, activist and founder of the Brazilian Christian Democracy, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1983)
  • 1895-05-06 Júlio César de Mello e Souza, Brazilian writer (The Man Who Counted), born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 1974)
  • 1897-02-06 Alberto [de Almeida] Cavalcanti, Brazilian director (Nicholas Nickleby), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1982)
  • 1897-11-04 Oscar Lorenzo Fernández, Brazilian conductor and composer (Imbapara), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1948)
  • 1907-03-29 Braguinha [Carlos Alberto Ferreira Braga], Brazilian songwriter, born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 2006)
  • 1907-12-15 Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian architect (Brasilia), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 2012)
  • 1910-12-11 Noel Rosa, Brazilian songwriter, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1937)
  • 1915-03-14 Eunice Katunda, Brazilian pianist and composer, born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 1990)
  • 1916-05-08 João Havelange, Brazilian industrialist and FIFA President 1974-98, born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 2016)
  • 1918-01-15 João Figueiredo, President of Brazil, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1999)
  • 1923-08-16 Millôr Fernandes, Brazilian writer and playwright, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 2012)
  • 1927-01-25 Antônio Carlos Jobim [Tom Jobim], Brazilian singer-songwriter & composer (Getz/Gilberto), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1994)
  • 1929-10-16 Fernanda Montenegro [Arlette Torres], Brazilian actress, often described as the greatest Brazilian actress of all time (Central Station, Coce de Mãe), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1937-05-03 Nélida Piñon, Brazilian writer (The Republic of Dreams), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1938-01-16 Jô Soares, Brazilian author, musician and TV personality, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1939-08-09 Brito [Hércules de Brito Ruas], Brazilian footballer, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Person of interestJorge Paulo Lemann

1939-08-26 Jorge Paulo Lemann, Swiss-Brazilian investor, born in Rio de Janeiro

Investor and Beer Mogul Jorge Paulo Lemann
Investor and Beer Mogul
Jorge Paulo Lemann
  • 1940-01-06 Laudir de Oliveira, Brazilian percussionist (Chicago), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 2017)
  • 1943-01-22 Marília Pêra, Brazilian actress (Better Days Ahead, Pixote), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 2015)
  • 1944-05-20 Cipa Dichter, pianist/wife of Misha Dichter, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1944-07-17 Carlos Alberto Torres, Brazilian footballer, Captain of winning World Cup team (1970), born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 2016)
  • 1947-02-20 Jennifer O'Neill, actress (Summer of '42), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1947-08-24 Paulo Coelho, Brazilian author (The Alchemist), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1948-05-31 Paulinho da Costa, Brazilian percussionist (Thriller, Saturday Night Fever), born in Rio de Janeiro
  • 1950-07-26 Nelinho [Manoel Rezende de Mattos Cabral], Brazilian footballer, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1952-08-17 Nelson Piquet, auto racer, 3-time Formula One champ (1981, '83, '87), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1954-06-13 Rita Cadillac, Brazilian dancer and singer, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1956-04-12 Walter Salles, Brazilian filmmaker (The Motorcycle Diaries), born in Rio de Janeiro
  • 1958-04-04 Cazuza, Brazilian poet, singer and composer, born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 1990)
  • 1960-07-28 Luiz Fernando Carvalho, Brazilian film director, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1961-09-30 Jorge Ricardo, Brazilian jockey (Brazilian Champion jockey 1982-2006; highest tally winning rider in thoroughbred racing), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1962-02-13 Jackie Silva, Brazilian volleyballer (Pan Am-Bronze), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1964-12-07 Roberta Close, Brazilian model (1st transgender model to have posed for the Brazilian edition of Playboy), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1966-12-12 Royce Gracie, Brazilian martial artist, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1969-09-05 Leonardo Araujo, Brazilian footballer, born in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1975-08-22 Rodrigo Santoro, Brazilian actor (Love Actually), born in Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1976-04-25 Gilberto [Gilberto da Silva Melo], Brazilian soccer midfielder (36 caps; Hertha BSC; Flamengo), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Person of interestRonaldo

1976-09-18 Ronaldo [Luís Nazário de Lima], Brazilian retired soccer player, popularly described as "O Fenômeno" (The Phenomenon), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Football Star Ronaldo
Football Star
Ronaldo
  • 1976-10-10 Bob Burnquist, Brazilian-American skateboarder, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1978-02-24 Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro, Brazilian mixed-martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1979-01-27 Rodrigo Ribeiro, Brazilian racing driver, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1979-02-01 Juan Silveira dos Santos, Brazilian soccer defender (79 caps; Flamengo, Bayer Leverkusen, Roma, Internacional), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1979-07-27 Marielle Franco, Brazilian politician and human rights activist, born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 2018)
  • 1980-06-02 Fabrizio Moretti, Brazilian-born rock drummer (The Strokes), born in Rio de Janeiro
  • 1982-01-14 Léo Lima, Brazilian footballer, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1984-01-22 Raica Oliveira, Brazilian supermodel, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1984-06-11 Vágner Love, Brazilian footballer, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1984-09-22 Thiago Emiliano da Silva, Brazilian football player (Paris Saint-Germain, Brazil national team), born in Rio de Janeiro
  • 1985-01-19 Benny Feilhaber, American soccer player, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1988-05-12 Marcelo [Vieira da Silva Júnior], Brazilian football player (Real Madrid, Brazil national team), born in Rio de Janeiro
  • 1992-06-12 Philippe Coutinho, Brazilian football player (Barcelona), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Famous Weddings

  • 1981-03-10 14th Prince of Ligne Michel Charles Eugène Marie Lamoral (29) weds Princess of Ligne Eleanora (27) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2005-12-10 Victoria's Secret and Sports Illustrated model Isabeli Fontana (22) weds actor-model Henri Castelli (27) at Fort Are Joao in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2005-12-22 Brazilian actress Danielle Winits (31) weds model Cassio Reis at Capela Santa Ines in Rio de Janeiro
  • 2007-03-10 Brazilian singer-actress Tania Mara (24) weds director Jayme Monjardim (50) at Chapel of Sao Jose das Botas on the grounds of Hotel Fazenda Florenca in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil