Dominican Republic in History

Dominican Republic: Santo Domingo

Historical Events

  • 1822-02-09 Haiti invades the newly founded Dominican Republic.
  • 1844-02-27 Dominican Republic gains independence from Haiti (National Day)
  • 1844-11-06 Spain grants Dominican Republic independence
  • 1865-08-16 Restoration Day in the Dominican Republic: The Dominican Republic regains its independence after 4 years of fighting against the Spanish Annexation.
  • 1883-08-17 The first public performance of the Dominican Republic's national anthem, Himno Nacional

Historic Event

1905-01-20 US begins supervising the Dominican Republic's national and international debts, testing President Theodore Roosevelt's "Corollary" to the Monroe Doctrine

  • 1907-02-25 US proclaims protectorate over Dominican Republic
  • 1916-05-05 US Marines invade Dominican Republic, stay until 1924
  • 1916-05-29 US forces invade Dominican Republic, stay until 1924
  • 1916-11-29 US declares martial law in Dominican Republic
  • 1924-06-26 After 8 years of occupation, US troops leave Dominican Republic
  • 1924-12-27 The US signs a treaty with the Dominican Republic, which supersedes that of 1907: in July, the Us had withdrawn its Marines and ended its occupation
  • 1930-09-03 Hurricane kills 2,000, injures 4,000 (Dominican Republic)
  • 1946-08-04 An earthquake of magnitude 8.0 hits northern Dominican Republic. 100 are killed and 20,000 are left homeless.

Historic Event

1959-01-01 Cuban Dictator Fulgencio Batista flees Cuba for the Dominican Republic

  • 1960-11-25 Three of the four Mirabal sisters, opponents of the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic, are assassinated
  • 1961-05-30 Long time Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo is assassinated in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
  • 1963-08-16 Independence is restored to Dominican Republic
  • 1963-10-07 Hurricane Flora hits Haiti & Dominican Republic, kills 7,190
  • 1965-04-24 Military coup under Donald Reid Cabral in Dominican Republic
  • 1965-04-28 US marines invade Dominican Republic, stay until October 1966
  • 1965-09-03 Garcia Godoy forms government in Dominican Republic
  • 1966-06-01 Joaquin Balaguer elected president of Dominican Republic
  • 1966-11-28 Dominican Republic adopts constitution
  • 1982-11-18 Mariasela Alvarez of Dominican Republic, crowned 32nd Miss World
  • 1990-05-16 Dominican Republic President Joaquín Ricardo Balaguer re-elected
  • 1994-05-16 Joaquín Balaguer (86) elected President of Dominican Republic
  • 1997-12-24 The Dominican Republic becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty
  • 2001-11-12 In New York City, American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 on its way to the Dominican Republic, crashes minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 on board and five on the ground.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1907-09-01 Joaquin Balaguer, president Dominican Republic
  • 1909-06-30 Juan Bosch, 43rd President of the Dominican Republic (1962-63) and writer, born in La Vega, Dominican Republic (d. 2001)
  • 1911-02-12 Sylvstre A. Guzman Fernandez, president (Dominican Republic)
  • 1936-05-13 Rafael Campos, Dominican actor (Tonka), born in Santiago, Dominican Republic (d. 1985)
  • 1952-12-21 Joaquín Andújar, Dominican baseball pitcher (Cardinals), born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic (d. 2015)
  • 1953-12-26 Leonel Fernández, Dominican politician & President of the Dominican Republic (2004-12), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1966-12-10 Mel Rojas, MLB pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Haina, Dominican Republic
  • 1968-03-26 Jose Vizcaino, MLB infielder (NY Mets), born in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic

Sammy Sosa

1968-11-12 Sammy Sosa, Dominican baseball outfielder (Chicago Cubs), born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic

  • 1971-03-12 Raul Mondesi, MLB outfielder (LA Dodgers), born in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic
  • 1971-03-20 Manny Alexander, Dominican infielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • 1980-01-16 Albert Pujols, Dominican baseball 1st baseman (NL MVP 2005, 2008-09; 4th in history to 700 HRs; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Famous Weddings

Wedding of Interest

1994-05-26 American King of Pop, Michael Jackson (35) weds King of Rock 'n' Roll Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley (26) in La Romana, Dominican Republic

  • 2005-07-09 "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" actress Diane Neal (28) weds Marcus Fitzgerald on a beach in the Dominican Republic
  • 2005-12-03 NBC correspondent Hoda Kotb (41) weds New Orleans tennis coach Burzis Kanga in the Dominican Republic

Martin Brodeur

2008-06-17 Ice hockey player star Martin Brodeur (36) weds Genevieve Nault at the Bavaro Princess Resort in the Dominican Republic

  • 2013-02-16 "Devious Maids" actress Dania Ramirez (33) weds director Bev Land on the beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Famous Divorces

Divorce of Interest

1989-02-14 Robin Givens is granted a divorce from Mike Tyson in the Dominican Republic

Famous Deaths

  • 1911-11-19 Ramon Caceres, President of the Dominican Republic (1906-11), murdered at 44
  • 2002-07-14 Joaquín Balaguer, President of the Dominican Republic (b. 1906)