Bogota in History

Colombia: Cartagena - Medellin

Historical Events

  • 1538-08-06 Bogotá, Colombia, is founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada
  • 1539-04-27 Re-founding of the city of Bogotá, New Granada (nowadays Colombia), by Nikolaus Federmann and Sebastián de Belalcázar.
  • 1810-07-20 Citizens of Bogotá, New Granada (now Colombia), declare independence from Spain
  • 1948-04-30 Org of American States charter signed at Bogota, Colombia
  • 1958-12-16 Bogota warehouse fire kills 82
  • 1968-08-22 1st papal visit to Latin America, Pope Paul VI arrives in Bogota to open a Eucharistic congress.
  • 1980-02-27 Terrorists occupies Dominican embassy in Bogota
  • 1985-11-06 M-19 guerrillas occupy Palace of Justice Bogota Colombia
  • 1985-11-07 Colombian troops end 27-hr siege of Bogota's Palace of Justice
  • 1989-08-18 Leading presidential hopeful Luis Carlos Galán is assassinated near Bogotá in Colombia.
  • 1989-12-06 Mafia drug kingpin bombs security force at Bogota, kills 52
  • 1993-02-15 Bombings by mafia drug lords kill 14 in Bogota, Colombia
  • 1998-04-20 TAME Boeing 727-200 chartered by Air France crashes into Cerro El Cable mountain after takeoff from Bogotá, Colombia, killing 53.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1908-04-12 Carlos Lleras Restrepo, President of Colombia (1966-70), born in Bogotá, Colombia (d. 1994)
  • 1920-11-02 Fabio Gonzalez-Zuleta, Colombian composer, born in Bogota (d. 2011)
  • 1931-10-14 Rafael Puyana, baroque harpsichordist (NY debut 1957), born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • 1951-08-10 Juan Manuel Santos, Colombian politician, President of Colombia (2010-present) and Nobel laureate (2016), born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • 1955-07-26 Nicholas Walker, actor (Capitol, Jimmy-General Hospital), born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • 1963-07-29 Patty Dodd, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-2nd-1988), born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • 1964-07-22 John Leguizamo, Colombian American actor (Mambo Mouth, Whispers in the Dark), born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • 1965-09-05 César Rincón, Colombian matador, born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • 1970-07-29 Maria Checca, playmate (Aug, 1994), born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • 1973-07-03 Fred Rodriguez, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Bogotá, Colombia