Costa Rican History

Historical Events

Historic Discovery

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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, American conductor (Berlioz's Les Troyens), 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 player and manager, born in Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil
  • 1963-08-13 Elizabeth Bourland, Costa Rican sharp shooter, 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, born in Punta Arenas, Costa Rica
  • 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, born in Limón, Costa Rica
  • 1976-09-08 Jervis Drummond, Costa Rican footballer, born in Limón, Costa Rica
  • 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 soccer defender (61 caps; Brescia), born in Golfito, Costa Rica
  • 1979-10-25 Milena Roucka, Canadian model and professional wrestler, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1979-11-07 Danny Fonseca, Costa Rican soccer midfielder (28 caps; Cartaginés 537 games), born in Cartago, Costa Rica
  • 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, born in Hatillo, Costa Rica
  • 1984-06-30 Gabriel Badilla, Costa Rican footballer, born in San José, Costa Rica
  • 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

P!nk

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

  • 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 at 70