Costa Rican History

Historical Events

DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

1502-09-18 Christopher Columbus lands at Costa Rica on his 4th & last voyage

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 1821-09-15 Act of Independence of Central America: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras & Nicaragua declare their independence from the Spanish Empire
  • 1824-07-25 Costa Rica annexes Guanacaste from Nicaragua.
  • 1824-10-09 Slavery is abolished in Costa Rica
  • 1856-04-11 Battle of Rivas; Costa Rica beats William Walker's invading Nicaraguans
  • 1916-11-30 Costa Rica becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
  • 1919-06-04 US marines invade Costa Rica
  • 1921-01-19 Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras & El Salvador sign Pact of Union
  • 1921-03-05 The US warns Costa Rica and Panama to settle disputes peacefully
  • 1922-01-29 Union of Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador dissolved
  • 1926-03-14 Train in Costa Rica falls into the Río Virilla, killing 248 and injuring 93
  • 1948-06-19 Panama and Costa Rica recognize Israel
  • 1949-11-09 Costa Rica adopts Constitution

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1953-07-07 Che Guevara sets out on a trip through Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador

Argentine Revolutionary Che Guevara
Argentine Revolutionary
Che Guevara
  • 1968-07-29 Mount Arenal, Costa Rica kills 80 in Pelee-type eruption
  • 1978-06-10 Costa Rica becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty
  • 1982-02-07 Luis A Monge elected President of Costa Rica
  • 1986-02-02 Oscar Arias Sanchez elected president of Costa Rica
  • 1987-10-12 Oscar Arias (Costa Rican Pres) wins Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1987-10-13 Costa Rican President Oscar Arias wins Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1989-04-16 Costa Rica beats US 1-0, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • 1989-04-30 US beats Costa Rica 1-0, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • 1991-04-22 Earthquake strikes Costa Rica & Panama, kills 95
  • 1994-02-06 Jose Maria Figueres elected President of Costa Rica
  • 1994-05-08 Jose Maria Figueres becomes president of Costa Rica
  • 2009-01-08 A 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit Costa Rica´s region of Volcan Poás, with an epicenter near Cinchona. It was caused by Varablanca-Angel fault.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1826-04-08 Pancha Carrasco, Costa Rican war heroine (Costa Rica's first woman in the military), born in Cartago, Costa Rica (d. 1890)
  • 1919-04-17 Chavela Vargas, Costa Rican-Mexican singer, born in San Joaquín de Flores, Heredia Province, Costa Rica (d. 2012)
  • 1940-09-13 Óscar Arias Sánchez, 40th & 45th President of Costa Rica (Nobel Peace Prize 1987), born in Heredia, Costa Rica
  • 1941-12-06 John Nelson, conductor (Les Troyens of Berlioz), born in San José, Costa Rica
  • 1950-04-05 Franklin Chang-Diaz, Costa Rican-Chinese American NASA astronaut (STS 61C, 34,46,60,75, sk:91), born in San José, Costa Rica
  • 1955-09-10 Giannina Facio Franco, Mrs Phillipe Junot, born in San José, Costa Rica
  • 1959-11-07 Alexandre Guimarães, Costa Rican football manager
  • 1963-08-13 Elizabeth Bourland, Costa Rica, US 3x20 rifle (Olympic 7th 1996)
  • 1970-11-08 José Francisco Porras, Costa Rican footballer, born in Grecia, Costa Rica
  • 1972-12-24 Alvaro Mesen, Costa Rican footballer, born in Alajuela, Costa Rica
  • 1974-08-10 Luis Marín, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1974-10-06 Walter Centeno, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1975-01-24 Rónald Gómez, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1975-09-07 Harold Wallace, Costa Rican footballer, born in Heredia, Costa Rica
  • 1975-09-18 "Habacuc" Guillermo Vargas, Costa Rican artist
  • 1976-07-31 Paulo Wanchope, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1976-09-08 Gerald Drummond, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1976-09-08 Jervis Drummond, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1977-08-08 Kurt Bernard, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1977-08-23 Douglas Sequeira, Costa Rican footballer, born in San José, Costa Rica
  • 1977-12-31 Wardy Alfaro, Costa Rican footballer, born in Alajuela, Costa Rica
  • 1979-10-01 Gilberto Martínez, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1979-10-25 Milena Roucka, Canadian former model current professional wrestler of Czech and Costa Rican descent.
  • 1979-11-07 Danny Fonseca, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1980-04-15 Victor Núñez, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1980-11-21 Leonardo González, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1981-12-30 Michael Rodríguez, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1982-03-25 Álvaro Saborío, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1982-04-09 Carlos Hernández, Costa Rican footballer, born in San José, Costa Rica
  • 1982-07-16 Michael Umaña, Costa Rican footballer (Pars Jonoubi), born in Santa Ana, Costa Rica
  • 1984-05-17 Christian Bolaños, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1984-06-30 Gabriel Badilla, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1984-12-30 Randall Azofeifa, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1985-08-08 Brayan Ruiz, Costa Rican football player

Famous Weddings

  • 2005-12-29 "One Life To Live" actress Bree Williamson (26) weds surfer Josh Evans near the Flor Blanca Resort in Mal Pais, Costa Rica

LoveWedding of Interest

2006-01-07 Punky pop singer Pink (26) weds motocross daredevil and The Surreal Life actor Carey Hart (30) at the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Singer Pink
  • 2006-03-03 "Gata Salvaje" telenovela actress Carolina Tejera (29) weds Costa Rican businessman Don Stockwell at the Hotel Marriott in San Jose, Costa Rica
  • 2006-04-01 Miss Costa Rica 2001 Piarella Peralta weds Dutch banker Tiemo Wesseling at Iglesia de Orosi in the Cartago province of Costa Rica
  • 2014-05-09 Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland (33) weds manager Tim Witherspoon in Costa Rica

Famous Deaths

  • 1856-04-11 Juan Santamaría, national hero of Costa Rica (b. 1831)
  • 1890-12-31 Pancha Carrasco, Costa Rican war heroine (Costa Rica's first woman in the military), dies at 74
  • 1990-06-08 Jose Figueres, president of Costa Rica (1948-49, 53-58, 70-74), dies
  • 1991-10-13 Daniel Oduber Quiros, president of Costa Rica (1974-1978), dies
  • 2011-06-23 Dennis Marshall, Costa Rican footballer (b. 1985)