Quito in History

Ecuador: Cuenca - Guayaquil

Historical Events

  • 1534-12-06 Quito, Ecuador, founded by Spanish colonists on the ruins of an Inca city
  • 1797-02-04 Earthquake in Quito, Ecuador kills 41,000

Battle of Interest

1822-05-24 Battle of Pichincha, Simón Bolívar secures the independence of Ecuador from Spain

  • 1875-11-07 Verney Cameron is 1st European to cross equatorial Africa

Radio History

1949-02-12 Panic in Quito, Ecuador, after "War of the Worlds" played on radio

  • 1949-08-05 6.4 Earthquake strikes Tungurahua Province, Ecuador, killing 5,000 people

Famous Birthdays

  • 1973-02-05 Diego Serrano, Ecuadorian-born American actor (Tomas Rivera-Another World), born in Quito, Ecuador
  • 1974-09-26 Boris Cepeda, German-Ecuadorian pianist and diplomat, born in Quito, Ecuador
  • 1980-04-27 Christian Lara, Ecuadorian footballer, born in Quito, Ecuador
  • 1986-05-01 Christian Benítez, Ecuadorian soccer striker (58 caps; El Nacional, Santos Laguna, América), born in Quito, Ecuador (d. 2013)