Chilean History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Historic Event

2006-03-11 Michelle Bachelet is inaugurated as the first female president of Chile

  • 2008-05-06 Chaiten Volcano erupts in Chile, forcing the evacuation of more than 4,500 people.

Olympic Gold

2008-08-17 Rafael Nadal of Spain beats Chile's Fernando González 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 to win the men's tennis singles at the Beijing Olympics; Spain's first ever Olympic gold medal in tennis

  • 2009-06-05 Chile officially enters recession; it is the first South American country to enter the global recession
  • 2010-02-27 Central Chile is hit with an 8.8 magnitude earthquake.
  • 2010-03-11 Sebastián Piñera becomes Chilean president for the 1st time

Copiapó Mine Rescue

2010-10-13 Copiapó mining accident in Chile comes to a happy end as all 33 miners arrive at the surface after surviving a record 69 days underground

Historic Event

2015-08-03 Chilean-born author Isabel Allende receives the US Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama

  • 2015-09-16 8.3 magnitude quake hits off coast of Illapel, Chile killing 11 and prompting evacuation of 1 million
  • 2017-01-22 Chile declares a State of Emergency and requests international assistance as wildfires rage out of control
  • 2017-03-26 Mass protests in Chile over country's privatised pension system
  • 2017-07-02 FIFA Confederations Cup: Germany defeats Chile 1-0 to win for the 1st time at Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 2017-08-21 Chile's constitutional court approves bill to ease country's total abortion ban
  • 2017-08-23 World's driest place, the Atacama desert in Chile blooms after unexpected rainfall
  • 2017-12-17 Sebastián Piñera wins Chile's presidential election run-off, returning to office after 4 years

Papal Visit

2018-01-15 Pope Francis arrives in Chile for a three-day visit amid child sexual abuse claims against church clergy

  • 2018-03-08 Asia-Pacific trade deal signed in Santiago, Chile by 11 countries after US pulled out
  • 2018-05-18 All of Chile's 34 Roman Catholic bishops offer their resignation to Pope Francis in wake of child sex scandal

Historic Publication

2018-07-26 Observation of a black hole by The Very Large Telescope in Chile proves Albert Einstein's prediction of "gravitational redshift", published in "Journal Astronomy & Astrophysics"

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