Mexican History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 273

  • 1325-03-18 According to legend, Tenochtitlan is founded on this date on an island in what was then Lake Texcoco in the Valley of Mexico

Historic Event

1519-02-18 Hernán Cortés leaves Cuba for the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico with 11 ships and 500 men

Meeting of Interest

1519-11-08 1st meeting of Aztec Emperor Moctezuma II and Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés in Tenochtitlan, Mexico

Historic Expedition

1540-02-23 Francisco Vázquez de Coronado's expedition sets off from Mexico in search of the 7 cities of Cibola

  • 1575-10-22 Foundation of Aguascalientes (one of 32 Federal Entities of Mexico)
  • 1576-01-20 The Mexican city of León is founded by order of viceroy Don Martín Enríquez de Almansa
  • 1593-10-24 Alleged teleportation of Spanish soldier Gil Perez from the Philippines to Mexico
  • 1659-12-08 Mexican border town Ciudad Juárez is founded by Fray García de San Francisco.
  • 1693-07-25 Ignacio de Maya founds the Real Santiago de las Sabinas, now known as Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo León, México
  • 1790-12-17 Aztec calendar stone discovered in Mexico City
  • 1792-06-21 Vancouver meets Spanish ships Sutil & Mexicana off Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1810-09-16 Mexico issues Grito de Dolores, calling for the end of Spanish rule (Mexican Independence Day)
  • 1811-07-30 Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, leader of the Mexican insurgency, is executed after being found guilty of treason by the Spanish military in Chihuahua, Mexico
  • 1813-11-06 Chilpancingo congress declares Mexico independent of Spain

New Settlement

1821-01-17 Mexico permits Moses Austin and 300 US families to settle in Texas, after his death leaves to son Stephen

Agreement of Interest

1821-02-24 Agustín de Iturbide and Vicente Guerrero agree to the Plan of Iguala, stating that Mexico will become a constitutional monarchy, Roman Catholicism the official religion and that Peninsulares and Creoles will enjoy equal political and social rights

  • 1821-09-27 Mexican revolutionary forces led by Agustín de Iturbide occupy Mexico City as Spanish withdraw, bringing an end to the Mexican War of Independence
  • 1822-01-05 Central America proclaims annexation to Mexican Empire
  • 1822-07-25 General Agustin de Iturbide crowned Agustin I, 1st Emperor of Mexico
  • 1822-12-12 Mexico officially recognized as an independent nation by US
  • 1823-01-03 Stephen F. Austin receives a grant of land in Texas from the government of Mexico.
  • 1823-07-01 United Provinces of Central America gain independence from Mexico
  • 1824-10-04 Mexico becomes a republic
  • 1826-12-16 Benjamin W. Edwards rides into Mexican controlled Nacogdoches, Texas and declares himself ruler of the Republic of Fredonia.
  • 1829-08-25 President Jackson makes an offer to buy Texas, but Mexican government refuses
  • 1834-01-03 The government of Mexico imprisons Stephen F. Austin in Mexico City.
  • 1835-10-02 Battle of Gonzales fought between Texan settlers and Mexican forces. First engagement of the Texas revolution
  • 1835-12-05 - 10th: Assault on Mexican-held San Antonio by Texan rebels

Battle of the Alamo

1836-02-23 Alamo besieged for 13 days until March 6 by Mexican army under General Santa Anna; entire garrison eventually killed

Battle of Interest

1836-03-06 Battle of the Alamo: After 13 days of fighting 1,500-3,000 Mexican soldiers overwhelm the Texan defenders, killing 182-257 Texans including William Travis, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett

  • 1836-04-21 Battle of San Jacinto, Texas wins independence from Mexico
  • 1836-12-28 Spain recognizes the independence of Mexico
  • 1837-10-01 "Racer's" Hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico
  • 1838-11-30 Mexico declares war on France
  • 1842-03-05 Over 500 Mexican troops led by Rafael Vasquez invade Texas, briefly occupy San Antonio and then head back to the Rio Grande.
  • 1845-03-28 Mexico drops diplomatic relations with US
  • 1846-01-01 Yucatan declares independence from Mexico
  • 1846-04-25 Thornton Affair: Open conflict begins over the disputed border of Texas, triggering the Mexican–American War
  • 1846-05-03 Mexican Army begins the Siege of Fort Texas near Brownsville, Texas, during the Mexican–American War
  • 1846-05-08 1st major battle of Mexican War fought at Palo Alto, Texas
  • 1846-05-09 Battle of Resaca de la Palma-US sends Mexico back to Rio Grande
  • 1846-05-13 US declares war on Mexico, 2 months after fighting begins
  • 1846-06-14 California (Bear Flag) Republic proclaimed in Sonoma, declaring independence from Mexico
  • 1846-09-25 US troops under General Zachery Taylor occupy Monterey, Mexico, during Mexican–American War
  • 1847-01-24 1,500 New Mexican Indians & Mexicans defeated by US Colonel Price
  • 1847-02-22 Battle of Buena Vista: US troops beat Mexican army

Victory in Battle

1847-02-23 Battle of Buena Vista, Mexico; Zachary Taylor leads mostly volunteer troops against larger Mexican Army force; Mexico retreats, both sides claim victory

  • 1847-02-28 US defeats Mexico in battle of Sacramento
  • 1847-03-07 US General Scott occupies Vera Cruz, Mexico
  • 1847-03-29 12,000 US troops capture Vera Cruz, Mexico
  • 1847-09-08 US under General Scott defeat Mexicans at Battle of Molino del Rey
  • 1847-09-12 Mexican–American War: the Battle of Chapultepec begins
  • 1847-09-13 American-Mexican war: US General Winfield Scott captures Mexico City
  • 1847-09-14 US Marines under General Scott enter Mexico City (halls of Montezuma)
  • 1848-04-18 American victory at the battle of Cerro Gordo opens the way for invasion of Mexico
  • 1851-01-15 General Mariano Arista replaces Mexican President José Joaquín de Herrera
  • 1854-01-18 Filibuster William Walker proclaims Republic of Sonora in NW Mexico
  • 1854-07-13 In the Battle of Guaymas, Mexico, General Jose Maria Yanez stops the French invasion led by Count Gaston de Raousset Boulbon
  • 1855-08-09 Battle of Acapulco during Mexican Liberal uprising
  • 1857-09-16 Mexican constitution of force (fiercely attacked by Pope Pius IX)
  • 1858-04-15 Battle of Azimghur, Mexicans defeat Spanish loyalists
  • 1858-05-04 War of Reform (Mexico); Liberals establish capital at Vera Cruz
  • 1859-03-18 Vera Cruz besieged by Miramon (Cons) in Mexican War of Reform
  • 1859-04-06 US recognizes Liberal government in Mexico's War of Reform
  • 1861-01-01 Porfirio Diaz conquers Mexico City
  • 1861-01-11 Mexico City captured by Juarez (Lib) in War of Reform
  • 1862-05-05 French army intervenes in Puebla, Mexico: Cinco de Mayo
  • 1862-07-27 Steamer "Golden Gate" burns and sinks off west coast of Mexico
  • 1863-04-30 Mexican forces attacked the French Foreign Legion in Hacienda Camarón, Mexico.
  • 1863-06-07 Mexico City captured by French troops

Historic Event

1864-04-10 Austrian Archduke Maximilian becomes Maximilian I, Emperor of Mexico

  • 1864-05-29 Mexican Emperor Maximilian arrives at Vera Cruz
  • 1867-01-11 Benito Juárez becomes Mexican president again.
  • 1867-03-12 Last French troops leave Mexico
  • 1871-04-30 The Camp Grant Massacre of Apache Indians in Arizona Territory is committed by white and Mexican adventurers, 144 die
  • 1874-09-03 The congress of the state of México elevates Naucalpan to the category of Villa, with the title of "Villa de Juárez"
  • 1877-06-01 US troops authorized to pursue bandits into Mexico
  • 1880-10-15 Mexican soldiers kill Victorio, one of the greatest Apache military strategists
  • 1881-06-24 200 drown as train runs off bridge near Cuautla, Mexico
  • 1889-07-11 Tijuana in Mexico becomes a city

Treaty of Interest

1897-12-14 Emilio Aguinaldo signs the Pact of Biak-na-Bato, to end hostilities and dissolve his government, in exchange for amnesty and "$800,000 (Mexican)" as an indemnity

  • 1900-12-01 Portifiro Diaz is inaugurated for his 6th consecutive term as President of Mexico
  • 1901-02-02 Mexican government troops are ambushed by Yaqui Indians, 100 killed

Treaty of Interest

1902-05-22 US President Theodore Roosevelt signs a treaty with Mexico under which both countries agree to submit a long-standing dispute over interest payments to the Court of Arbitration at The Hague

  • 1906-05-21 The US and Mexico sign an agreement over distribution of the waters of the Rio Grande, increasingly diverted to the US for irrigation
  • 1907-11-07 Dynamite explodes on locomotive kills engineer Jesus Garcia in Mexico
  • 1910-11-20 Revolution breaks out in Mexico, led by Francisco I. Madero
  • 1911-03-07 US sends 20,000 troops to Mexican border
  • 1911-05-18 President Jose Porfirio Diaz of Mexico's term ends
  • 1911-05-25 Revolution in Mexico overthrows President Jose Porfirio Diaz
  • 1911-11-06 Francisco Madeiro inaugurated President of Mexico
  • 1911-11-28 Zapata proclaims Plan of Ayala Mexico
  • 1913-02-09 Beginning of the Ten Tragic Days in Mexico City, with revolts leading to 3,000 deaths

Agreement of Interest

1913-02-16 US President William Howard Taft agrees not to intervene in Mexico

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 322

  • 1651-11-12 Juana Ines de La Cruz, Mexican poet, nun and feminist (Primero Sueno), born in San Miguel Nepantla, new Spain (d. 1695)
  • 1731-09-09 Francisco Javier Clavijero, Mexican Jesuit teacher and writer, born in Veracruz, Mexico (d. 1787)
  • 1753-05-08 Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, Spanish Catholic priest, and leader of Mexican independence, born in Pénjamo, Guanajuato, Viceroyalty of New Spain (d. 1811)
  • 1765-09-30 José María Morelos, Mexican revolutionary (d. 1815)

Agustín de Iturbide

1783-09-27 Agustin I de Iturbide, General and 1st Emperor of Mexico (1822-23), born in Valladolid, Michoacán, Mexico (d. 1824)

  • 1786-09-10 Nicolás Bravo, Mexican politician and soldier, born in Chilpancingo, Mexico (d. 1854)
  • 1786-09-29 Guadalupe Victoria, Mexican independence leader, 1st President of Mexico (1824-29), born in Tamazula, New Spain (d. 1843)

Santa Anna

1794-02-21 Antonio López de Santa Anna, President of Mexico who dominated Mexican history in the first half of the 19th century, born in Xalapa, Veracruz (d. 1876)

  • 1802-07-26 Mariano Arista, President of Mexico (1851-53), born in San Luis Potosí, Mexico (d. 1855)
  • 1806-03-21 Benito Pablo Juarez, president of Mexico (1858-72), born in Oaxaca, Mexico
  • 1824-01-08 Francisco González Bocanegra, Mexican poet, born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico (d. 1861)
  • 1824-09-08 Jaime Nunó, Spanish composer (Mexican national anthem), born in Sant Joan de les Abadesses, Catalonia (d. 1908)
  • 1829-03-24 Ignacio Zaragoza, Mexican general (d. 1862)


1829-06-16 Geronimo, Apache leader and resistance fighter, born in No-doyohn Canon, Mexico (d. 1909)

  • 1829-07-05 Ignacio Mariscal, Mexican lawyer and diplomat (Secretary of Foreign Affairs), born in Oaxaca, Mexico (d. 1910)
  • 1830-09-15 José de la Cruz Porfirio Díaz Mori, President of Mexico (1877-1911), born in Oaxaca, Mexico (d. 1915)

Maximilian I

1832-07-06 Maximilian I of Mexico, Austrian archduke and the 1st and only monarch of the Second Mexican Empire (1864-67), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1867)

  • 1832-10-16 Vicente Riva Palacio, Mexican writer/diplomat
  • 1834-11-13 Ignacio Manuel Altamirano, Mexican author (El Zarco), born in Tixtla, Guerrero, Mexico (d. 1893)
  • 1840-06-07 Carlota of Mexico, princess of Belgium and empress consort of Mexico (1864-67), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1927)
  • 1849-08-27 Manuel Acuña, Mexican poet (Nocturno), born in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexic0 (d. 1873)
  • 1851-02-02 José Guadalupe Posada, Mexican artist (d. 1913)
  • 1853-12-14 Salvador Díaz Mirón, Mexican poet (Los Cien Mejores Poemas), born in Veracruz, Mexico (d. 1928)
  • 1859-12-29 Venustiano Carranza, Mexican revolutionary and President of Mexico (1915-20), born in Cuatro Ciénegas, Coahuila, Mexico (d. 1920)
  • 1862-02-05 Felipe Villanueva y Gutierrez, Mexican composer
  • 1870-08-27 Amado Nervo [Juan Crisóstomo Ruiz de Nervo], Mexican writer and poet, born in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico (d. 1919)
  • 1871-04-03 Jose Juan Tablada, Mexican poet (El Florilegio), born in Mexico City (d. 1941)
  • 1873-01-01 Mariano Azuela, Mexican novelist (The Flies, The Bosses)
  • 1873-10-30 Francisco I. Madero, Mexican revolutionary and 33rd President of Mexico (1911-13), born in Parras de la Fuente, Coahuila, Mexico (d. 1913)
  • 1877-09-25 Plutarco Elias Calles, Mexican revolutionary and president (1924-28), born in Guaymas, Mexico (d. 1945)
  • 1878-04-26 Rafael Guízar y Valencia, Mexican Catholic bishop (cared for the wounded, sick, and dying during the Mexican Revolution), born in Cotija, Michoacán, Mexico (d. 1938)
  • 1878-06-05 Pancho Villa [José Doroteo Arango Arámbula], Mexican revolutionary general and guerrilla leader, born in La Coyotada, San Juan del Río, Durango, Mexico (d. 1923)
  • 1879-08-08 Emiliano Zapata, Mexican revolutionary, peasant leader
  • 1880-02-19 Álvaro Obregón, Mexican general and President of Mexico (1920-24), born in Alamos, Mexico (d. 1928)
  • 1882-01-10 Charles Trowbridge, Mexican-American actor (Fatal Hour), born in Veracruz, Mexico (d. 1967)
  • 1882-02-28 Jose Vasconcelos, politician, essayist, philosopher, born in Oaxaca, Mexico (d. 1959)
  • 1882-12-08 Manuel Ponce, Mexican composer (Estrellita), born in Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Mexico (d. 1948)
  • 1883-06-22 José Rolón, Mexican composer, born in Ciudad Guzmán, Jalisco (d. 1945)
  • 1883-11-23 Jose Clemente Orozco, Mexican mural painter (Epic of Culture in New World), born in Zapotlán el Grande, Mexico (d. 1949)

Diego Rivera

1886-12-08 Diego Rivera, Mexican painter (En el Arsenal) and husband of Frida Kahlo, born in Guanajuato, México (d. 1957)

  • 1887-10-06 MartinLuis Guzman, Mexican novelist (Eagle & the Serpent)
  • 1887-10-22 John Reed, journalist who reported on Mexican, Russian revolutions
  • 1888-06-15 Ramon Lopez Velarde, Mexican poet (La Sangre Devota)
  • 1889-05-17 Alfonso Reyes, Mexican writer (Simpatías y diferencias) and diplomat (Higenia Cruel), born in Monterrey, Mexico (d. 1959)
  • 1890-12-30 Adolfo Ruiz Cortines, President of Mexico (d. 1973)
  • 1895-02-04 Nigel Bruce, British actor (Rebecca, Suspicion, Sherlock Holmes), born in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico (d. 1953)
  • 1895-09-08 Sara García, Mexican actress, born in Orizaba, Veracruz, Mexico (d. 1980)
  • 1895-11-17 Gregorio López y Fuentes, Mexican author (d. 1966)
  • 1896-12-29 David Alfaro Siqueiros, Mexican social realist painter & muralist (Lib of Chile), born in Chihuahua, Mexico (d. 1974)
  • 1897-01-16 Carlos Pellicer, Mexican poet, born in Villahermosa, Tabasco (d. 1977)
  • 1897-04-24 Manuel Ávila Camacho, 45th President of Mexico (1940-46), born in Teziutlán, Puebla, Mexico (d. 1955)
  • 1899-02-06 Ramon Novarro [Jose Samaniegos], Mexican-American actor (Ben-Hur, Mata Hari), born in Durango, Mexico (d. 1968)
  • 1899-06-13 Carlos Chávez, Mexican conductor and composer (Sinfonía india), born in Mexico City (d. 1978)
  • 1899-08-26 Rufino Tamayo, Mexican painter, born in Oaxaca, Mexico (d. 1991)
  • 1899-12-31 Silvestre Revueltas, Mexican composer (Sensemaya), born in Santiago Papasquiaro, Mexico (d. 1940)
  • 1900-09-29 Miguel Alemán Valdés, Mexican attorney and President of Mexico (1946-52), born in Sayula, Veracruz, Mexico (d. 1983)
  • 1901-02-20 Henry Eyring, Mexican/US chemist
  • 1902-01-26 Romney Brent, Mexican-American actor and writer (Dinner at the Ritz), born in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico (d. 1976)
  • 1902-04-17 Jaime Torres Bodet, Mexican politician, 2nd Director-General of the UNESCO (1948-52), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1974)
  • 1903-08-27 Xavier Villaurrutia, Mexican poet (Nocturno de los Angeles), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1950)
  • 1903-12-10 George J. Lewis, Mexican actor (Don-Zorro), born in Guadalajara, Mexico (d. 1995)
  • 1904-03-26 Emilio Fernandez, Mexican director (La Choca, Flor Silvestre), born in El Seco Mexico (d. 1986)
  • 1904-07-30 Salvador Novo, Mexican writer and poet, born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1974)
  • 1905-02-22 Luis Sandi, Mexican musician and composer, born in Mexico City (d. 1996)
  • 1906-03-26 Rafael Mendez, Mexican trumpetist (d. 1981)
  • 1906-11-29 Luis Van Rooten, Mexican-born American actor, author and translator (One Man's Family), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1973)
  • 1907-05-08 Arturo de Córdova [Arturo García Rodríguez], Mexican actor (Medal for Benny), born in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico (d. 1973)

Frida Kahlo

1907-07-06 Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter who explored questions of identity, postcolonialism, gender and race in Mexican society, born in Coyoacán, Mexico City (d. 1954)

  • 1908-01-12 Jose Limon, Mexican-American dancer & choreographer (I, Odysseus), born in Culiacán, Mexico (d. 1972)
  • 1908-12-16 Remedios Varo, Anglès Spain, Spain-Mexican Surrealist artist
  • 1910-02-03 Blas Galindo Dimas, San Gabriel Mexico, composer (A la Patria)
  • 1910-05-26 Adolfo López Mateos, 48th President of Mexico, born in Atizapán de Zaragoza, State of Mexico, Mexico (d. 1969)
  • 1911-02-20 Robert McBride, American composer (Mexican Rhapsody), born in Tucson, Arizona (d. 2007)
  • 1911-03-12 Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, president of Mexico
  • 1911-03-20 Alfonso García Robles, Mexican diplomat and Nobel laureate (d. 1991)
  • 1911-08-12 Cantinflas [Mario Moreno], Mexican actor (Around World in 80 Days, Pepe), born in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico (d. 1993)
  • 1911-11-30 Jorge Negrete [Moreno], Mexican singer and actor (The Rebel, La madrina del diablo), born in Guanajuato, Mexico (d. 1953)
  • 1912-05-09 Pedro Armendáriz, Mexican actor (From Russia With Love, Fort Apache), born in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico (d. 1963)
  • 1912-06-29 José Pablo Moncayo, Mexican composer (Huapango), born in Guadalajara, Mexico (d. 1958)
  • 1912-11-10 Salvador Contreras, Mexican composer (Grupo de los cuatro), born in Cuerámaro, Guanajuato (d. 1982)
  • 1914-03-31 Octavio Paz, Mexican writer/diplomat (Salamandra, Topoemas)
  • 1914-04-08 María Félix, Mexican actress (Doña Bárbara), born in Álamos, Sonora, Mexico (d. 2002)
  • 1915-04-21 Antonio "Anthony" Quinn, Mexican actor (Zorba the Greek, Lawrence of Arabia, Lust for Life), born in Chihuahua, Mexico (d. 2001)
  • 1915-09-19 Tin-Tan [Germán Valdés], Mexican actor, singer and comedian (Spanish dubbing of The Jungle Book, The Aristocats), born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico (d. 1973)
  • 1917-02-17 Guillermo González Camarena, Mexican inventor (color television), born in Guadalajara, Mexico (d. 1965)
  • 1917-04-06 Leonora Carrington, Clayton-le-Woods UK, British-Mexican Surrealist artist
  • 1917-11-22 Bridget Bate Tichenor (born Bridget Pamela Arkwright Bate), Mexican surrealist painter, born in Paris, France
  • 1918-05-16 Juan Rulfo, Mexican writer (Pedro Paramo)
  • 1918-05-30 Guadalupe "Pita" Amor, Mexican poet (d. 2000)
  • 1918-09-05 Luis Alcoriza, Mexican screenwriter, film director, and actor, born in Badajoz, Mexico (d. 1992)
  • 1919-04-17 Chavela Vargas, Costa Rican-Mexican singer, born in San Joaquín de Flores, Heredia Province, Costa Rica (d. 2012)
  • 1919-05-17 Antonio Aguilar [Barraza], Mexican singer, producer and actor (Emiliano Zapata) who popularized the Mexican equestrian sport la charrería, born in Villanueva, Zacatecas, Mexico (d. 2007)
  • 1919-08-24 Enrique Llanes, Mexican professional wrestler, born in Otumba de Gómez Farías, Mexico (d. 2004)
  • 1920-06-16 José López Portillo, President of Mexico (1976-82), born in Mexico City (d. 2004)
  • 1920-07-29 Rodolfo Acosta, Mexican-American character actor (Salón México, The Fugitive, Littlest Outlaw), born in Chamizal, Texas (d. 1974)
  • 1920-11-25 Ricardo Montalbán, Mexican actor (Fantasy Island, Star Trek II, Naked Gun), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2009)
  • 1922-01-17 Luis Echeverria Alvarez, president Mexico

Jack Kerouac

1922-03-12 Jack Kerouac, American Beat writer (On the Road, Mexico Blues), born in Lowell, Massachusetts (d. 1969)

  • 1923-07-10 Amalia Mendoza, Mexican singer (Échame a mi la culpa), born in Huetamo de Núñez, Michoacán, Mexico (d. 2001)
  • 1923-11-13 Linda Christian, Mexican actress (Athena, VIPs, Battle Zone), born in Tampico, Mexico (d. 2011)

Famous Weddings

Maximilian I

1857-07-27 Emperor of Mexico Maximilian I (25) weds princess Charlotte of Belgium (17) in Brussels

Rudolph Valentino

1922-05-13 "Latin Lover" silent actor Rudolph Valentino (27) weds film costume and set designer Natacha Rambova (25) in Mexicali, Mexico; divorce in 1925

Wedding of Interest

1924-11-26 Comic actor Charlie Chaplin (35) weds "The Kid" actress Lita Grey (16) in Mexico

Wedding of Interest

1940-12-07 Mexican painters Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo remarry in San Francisco (divorced 1939)

Claire Trevor

1943-04-17 Actress Claire Trevor (34) weds Navy lieutenant Cyclos William Dunsmoore in Tijuana, Mexico

Bette Davis

1950-07-28 Actress Bette Davis (42) weds actor Gary Merrill (34) in Mexico

  • 1952-10-18 Latin actress Maria Felix (38) weds actor and singer Jorge Negreta (40) in Mexico
  • 1955-07-29 Mexican artist Diego Rivera (68) marries 4th wife art dealer Emma Hurtado

Che Guevara

1955-09-18 Argentine Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara (27) weds Peruvian economist Hilda Gadea (34) in Mexico

Archie Moore

1956-08-21 Boxing champ Archie Moore (42) weds model Joan Hardy in Ensenada, Mexico

Marlon Brando

1960-06-04 "On the Waterfront" actor Marlon Brando (36) weds Mexican-American actress Movita Castaneda (42)

Tina Turner

1962-11-26 American singer Anna Bullock (aka Tina Turner) (23) weds American musician Ike Turner (31) in Tijuana, Mexico

Jayne Mansfield

1964-09-24 American actress Jayne Mansfield (31) weds American film producer and director Matt Cimber (28) in Mulege, Baja California Sur, Mexico; divorce in 1966

Dennis Hopper

1970-10-31 "Easy Rider" director and actor Dennis Hopper (34) weds singer Michelle Phillips (26) in Mexico

Willie Mays

1971-11-27 MLB center fielder Willie Mays (40) weds Mae Louise Allen in Mexico City

Alice Cooper

1976-03-20 American rocker Alice Cooper (28) weds choreographer Sheryl Goddard in Acapulco, Mexico

  • 1993-11-27 Actress Teri Garr (44) weds building contractor John O'Neil (42) at the Twin Dolphins Hotel in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Wedding of Interest

1995-02-19 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (27) weds rocker Tommy Lee (32) in Cancun, Mexico; divorce in 1998


2000-12-02 Mexican singer Thalia (29) weds co-owner of Casablanca Records Tommy Mottola (51) at St. Patrick

  • 2002-06-15 "American Pie" actress Shannon Elizabeth (28) weds actor Joe Reitman (34) in Jalisco, Mexico

Sarah Michelle Gellar

2002-09-01 Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar (35) weds actor Freddie Prinze Jr. (36) at El Careyes Resort in Mexico

  • 2003-11-01 "Showgirls" actress Elizabeth Berkley (31) weds artist Greg Lauren (33) at Esperanza Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Ali Landry

2004-04-24 Model-actress Ali Landry (30) weds TV personality Mario Lopez (30) at the exclusive Las Alamandas resort outside Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

  • 2004-05-23 Singer-guitarist Michelle Branch (21) weds musician Teddy Landau at Isla Pardito, Mexico
  • 2005-05-07 "Growing Pains" star Alan Thicke (58) weds model Tanya Callau (28) at The One and Only Palmilla Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Wedding of Interest

2005-05-10 Actress and model Heidi Klum (39) weds British soul and R&B singer-songwriter Seal (49) in Costa Careyes, Mexico

  • 2005-12-10 Gustavo Rojo's daughter and actress Ana Patricia Rojo (31) weds Andres Puentes Jr at the San Jose del Calvario church in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
  • 2005-12-17 "Modern Day Drifter" country singer Dierks Bentley (30) weds Cassidy Black in Mexico
  • 2006-01-27 Mexican Latin Grammy Award singer Ana Barbara (35) weds Jose Maria Fernandez in Mexico
  • 2006-02-11 Mexican telenovela actor Guillermo Capetillo (47) weds model Tania Amezcua in Mixcoac, Mexico
  • 2006-04-08 Former Miss USA and "Eve" actress Ali Landry (32) weds film director Alejandro Gomez Monteverde (28) in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  • 2006-04-23 "Rascal Flatts" guitarist Joe Don Rooney (30) weds Playboy's 2005 Playmate of The Year Tiffany Fallon (31) in an intimate ceremony held on the beach at San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
  • 2006-06-09 Actor Oliver Hudson (29) weds actress Erinn Bartlett (33) at One & Only Palmilla in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • 2006-09-12 NBA basketball star Tracy McGrady (27) weds CleRenda Harris at the sandy beach in Los Cabos, Mexico
  • 2006-11-07 NASCAR racer Jeff Gordon (38) weds Belgian model and actress Ingrid Vandebosch (36) at the Hacienda de San Antonio Resort in Colima, Mexico
  • 2007-02-05 "Rudo y Cursi" Mexican actor Diego Luna (28) weds actress and model Camila Sodi (21) in Mexico City
  • 2007-04-14 "Rocky" film series actor Carl Weathers (59) weds award-winning producer Jennifer Peterson on a seaside wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • 2007-04-21 American pop singer sensation Anastacia (38) weds her bodyguard Wayne Newton (not the singer) at the Quinta Real Huatulco in Huatulco, Mexico; file for divorce in 2010
  • 2007-06-16 "Two and a Half Men" actor Jon Cryer (41) weds entertainment reporter Lisa Joyner (40) at the Chapel at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • 2007-09-14 "Fantastic Four" actor Ioan Gruffudd (33) weds actress Alice Evans (36) in a small ceremony at the One and Only Palmilla Hotel in Los Cabos, Mexico

Eli Manning

2008-04-19 New York Giants NFL quarterback Eli Manning (27) weds Abby McGrew (24) at the One & Only Palmilla Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

  • 2008-10-26 World's fattest man Manuel Uribe (43) weds Claudia Solis (38) in Monterrey, Mexico
  • 2010-11-06 "Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis (37) weds CBS News Entertainment Reporter Christina McLarty on a civil wedding in Mexico
  • 2012-05-12 "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" actress Mercedes McNab (30) weds real estate developer Mark Henderson at the CostaBaja resort in La Paz, Mexico
  • 2012-12-01 "X Factor" and "Extra" host Mario Lopez (39) weds actress Courtney Mazza (31) in an outdoor ceremony in Punta Mita, Mexico
  • 2013-12-21 Actress and model Teresa Palmer (27) weds actor/director Mark Webber (33) in Mexico
  • 2014-01-04 Actress and singer Alexa Vega (25) weds Big Time Rush singer Carlos Pena Jr (24) in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • 2014-03-08 Supermarket Superstar hostess Stacy Keibler (34) weds Future Ads CEO Jared Pobre on an intimate beachside ceremony in Mexico
  • 2014-07-19 American "Glee" actress and singer Naya Rivera (27) weds American actor Ryan Dorsey (31) on his birthday, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; divorce in 2018
  • 2014-07-19 Maroon 5 lead vocalist Adam Levine (35) weds Victoria's Secret model Behati Prinsloo (25) in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • 2015-03-21 Country music singer Jason Aldean (38) weds former American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr (27) in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Famous Deaths

  • 1548-06-03 Juan de Zumárraga, Spanish Catholic bishop of Mexico (b. 1468)
  • 1596-12-08 Luis de Carabajal, 1st Jewish author in America, executed in Mexico
  • 1639-08-04 Juan Alarcon y Mendoza, Mexican-Spanish playwright, dies at 58
  • 1678-08-05 Juan García de Zéspedes, Mexican musician and composer, dies at 59
  • 1695-04-27 Juana Inés de la Cruz, Mexican philosopher & poet, and nun, dies at 44
  • 1811-07-30 Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, Spanish Catholic priest, and leader Mexican independence, executed at 58
  • 1815-12-22 Jose Maria Morelos, Mexican revolutionary priest executed by Spaniards

ExecutionAgustín de Iturbide

1824-07-19 Agustín de Iturbide [crowned Agustin I], Mexican army general, politician and the 1st emperor of Mexico is executed by firing squad at 40

  • 1829-03-02 Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez, conspirator and supporter of the Mexican War of Independence (b. 1768)
  • 1843-03-21 Guadalupe Victoria, first President of Mexico (b. 1786)
  • 1851-07-05 Juanita, Mexican, lynched by California gold diggers
  • 1853-07-25 Joaquin Murieta, Mexican born Californian outlaw
  • 1854-04-22 Nicolás Bravo, Mexican politician & soldier, dies at 67
  • 1855-08-07 Mariano Arista, President of Mexico (1851-53), dies at 53
  • 1861-04-11 Francisco González Bocanegra, Mexican poet (b. 1824)

ExecutionMaximilian I

1867-06-19 Maximilian I of Mexico, Austrian archduke and the 1st and only monarch of the Second Mexican Empire (1864-67), executed by firing squad in Querétaro, Querétaro at 34

  • 1873-12-06 Manuel Acuña, Mexican poet (Ante un Cadaver), dies at 24

Santa Anna

1876-06-21 Antonio López de Santa Anna, President of Mexico who dominated Mexican history in the first half of the 19th century, dies at 79

Emperor Norton

1880-01-08 Emperor Norton [Joshua Abraham Norton], British born self proclaimed "Norton I, Emperor of the United States", dies at 60

  • 1880-10-14 Victorio, Apache chief/murderer, killed by Mexican army
  • 1893-02-13 Ignacio Manuel Altamirano, Mexican author (El Zarco), dies at 58
  • 1908-07-18 Jaime Nunó, Spanish composer (Mexican national anthem), dies at 83
  • 1913-02-22 Suarez, Mexican vice pres, assassinated in a military coup
  • 1915-07-02 José de la Cruz Porfirio Díaz Mori, President of Mexico (1877-1911), dies at 84
  • 1917-06-18 Eufemio Zapata, Mexican revolutionary and brother of Emiliano Zapata, killed at 44 by Sidronio Comancho after Zapata became drunk and beat and insulted his father
  • 1918-07-25 Carlos Guido y Spano, Argentine poet (Mexico, canto epico), dies
  • 1919-04-10 Emiliano Zapata, Mexican leader, murdered at 39
  • 1919-05-24 Amado Nervo [Juan Crisóstomo Ruiz de Nervo], Mexican writer and poet, dies at 48
  • 1920-03-20 Venustiano Carranza, president Mexico (1915-20), murdered at 60
  • 1920-05-21 Venustiano Carranza, Mexican President (1917-1920), executed by army generals after his decision that the next President be a civilian (61)
  • 1921-06-19 Ramon Lopez Velarde, Mexican poet (La Sangre Devota), dies at 33
  • 1922-11-21 Ricardo Flores Magón, Mexican anarchist (b. 1874).
  • 1923-07-20 Pancho Villa [José Doroteo Arango Arámbula], Mexican revolutionary general and guerrilla leader,, murdered at 55
  • 1927-01-19 Carlota of Mexico, princess of Belgium and empress consort of Mexico (1864-67), dies at 86
  • 1928-06-12 Salvador Díaz Mirón, Mexican poet (Los Cien Mejores Poemas), dies at 74
  • 1928-07-17 Alvaro Obregon, President of Mexico is assassinated
  • 1940-01-05 Tina Modotti, Italian artist and activist, dies at 45
  • 1940-10-05 Silvestre Revueltas, Mexican classical violinst, conductor, and composer (Cuauhnáhuac; Planos), dies of pneumonia at 40
  • 1941-08-02 Jose Juan Tablada, Mexican poet (el Florilegio), dies at 70
  • 1944-06-25 Lucha Reyes [María de Luz Flores], Mexican mariachi singer ("Guadalajara"), dies of barbiturate intoxication at 38
  • 1945-02-03 José Roló, Mexican composer, dies at 61
  • 1948-04-24 Manuel Ponce, Mexican composer (Ferial), dies at 65

John J. Pershing

1948-07-15 John J. "Black Jack" Pershing, American army general and WWI commander, dies of coronary artery disease at 87

  • 1949-09-07 José Clemente Orozco, Mexican painter of political murals ((Epic of Culture in New World), dies at 65
  • 1950-12-25 Xavier Villaurrutia, Mexican poet (Nostalgia de la muerte), dies at 47
  • 1952-03-01 Mariano Azuela, Mexican novelist, dies at 79
  • 1953-12-05 Jorge Negrete [Moreno], Mexican singer and actor (The Rebel, La madrina del diablo), dies of hepatitis at 42

Frida Kahlo

1954-07-13 Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter who explored questions of identity, postcolonialism, gender and race in Mexican society, dies of a pulmonary embolism at 47

  • 1955-10-13 Manuel Ávila Camacho, 45th President of Mexico (1940-46), dies at 58
  • 1957-02-04 Miguel Covarrubias, Mexican illustrator, dies
  • 1957-04-15 Pedro Infante, Mexican actor & singer, dies at 39

Diego Rivera

1957-11-24 Diego Rivera, Mexican painter (En el Arsenal) and husband of Frida Kahlo, dies at 70

  • 1959-06-30 José Vasconcelos, Mexican writer and politician (b. 1882)
  • 1959-12-27 Alfonso Reyes, Mexican writer (Simpatías y diferencias) and diplomat (Higenia Cruel), dies at 70
  • 1962-11-01 Ricardo Rodríguez, Mexican auto racer (youngest F1 driver ever to race for Ferrari), dies in practice accident at 20
  • 1963-06-18 Pedro Armendáriz, Mexican actor (From Russia With Love, Fort Apache), commits suicide at 51
  • 1963-10-08 Remedios Varo, Spanish-Mexican surrealist artist dies of a heart attack aged 54
  • 1965-04-18 Guillermo González Camarena, Mexican inventor, dies at 48
  • 1966-12-18 Gene Gauntier, dies in Cuernavaca Mexico
  • 1969-02-21 Jose de Capriles, Mexican-born US Olympic fencer, dies
  • 1969-09-22 Adolfo López Mateos, 48th President of Mexico, dies at 59
  • 1971-07-11 Pedro Rodríguez, Mexican racing driver (Le Mans, 1968), killed in crash during sports car race at Norisring in Nuremberg, West Germany at 31
  • 1972-12-02 Jose Limon, Mexican/US dancer (moor's pavane), dies at 64
  • 1973-06-29 Tin-Tan [Germán Valdés], Mexican actor, singer and comedian (Spanish dubbing of The Jungle Book, The Aristocats), dies from cancer at 57
  • 1974-01-06 David Alfaro Siqueiros, Mexican sculptor/muralist, dies at 77
  • 1974-01-13 Salvador Novo, Mexican writer and poet, dies at 69
  • 1974-05-13 Jaime Torres Bodet, Mexican politician, 2nd Director-General of the UNESCO (1948-52), dies at 72
  • 1974-08-07 Rosario Castellanos, Mexican poet (Balún Canán), dies in an electrical accident at 49
  • 1976-04-14 José Revueltas, Mexican write and political activist, dies after a heart attack at 61
  • 1978-08-02 Carlos Chávez, Mexican conductor and composer (Sinfonía India), dies at 79
  • 1979-07-15 Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, President of Mexico (b. 1911)
  • 1982-08-12 Salvador Sánchez, Mexican boxer (WBC, lineal featherweight title 1980-82), dies in a traffic accident at 23
  • 1982-11-07 Salvador Contreras, Mexican composer (Grupo de los cuatro), dies at 71
  • 1983-05-14 Miguel Alemán Valdés, Mexican attorney and President of Mexico (1946-52), dies at 80
  • 1983-12-07 Fanny Cano, Mexican actress (b. 1944)
  • 1986-11-05 (Ulysses) Bobby Nunn, American singer (The Robins; The Coasters - "Charlie Brown"; "Youngblood") dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 1988-08-08 Ramón Valdés, Mexican actor (b. 1923)
  • 1988-11-22 Luis Barragán, Mexican architect (Casa Luis Barragán, 1980 Pritzker Prize), dies at 86
  • 1989-10-23 Armida, Mexican-American stage, vaudeville and film actress (b. 1911)
  • 1990-10-20 Bridget Bate Tichenor (born Bridget Pamela Arkwright Bate), Mexican surrealist painter dies at 72
  • 1991-06-24 Rufino Tamayo, Mexican painter, dies at 91
  • 1991-09-02 Alfonso Garcia Robles, Mexican foreign minister (Nobel 1982), dies
  • 1992-05-16 Chalino Sánchez, Mexican musician, murdered at 31
  • 1992-09-22 Aurelio López, Mexican baseball player (b. 1948)
  • 1993-04-20 Cantinflas [Mario Moreno], Mexican actor (Around World in 80 Days, Pepe), dies from lung cancer at 81
  • 1993-05-13 Joaquin Garcia [Vargas] "Borolas", Mexican comedian and actor (Santa Sangre), dies at 71
  • 1993-05-24 Jesus Posadas Ocampo, Mexican cardinal/archbishop, shot dead at 66
  • 1994-03-23 Luis Donaldo Colosio, Mexican presidential candidate, assassinated at 44
  • 1994-03-24 Luis Donaldo Colosio, Mexican politician, assassinated
  • 1994-05-15 Gilbert Roland [Luis Alonso], Mexican actor (Juarez, Barbarosa), dies from cancer at 88
  • 1994-09-28 Jose Francisco Ruiz Massieu, Mexican PRI-politician, murdered at 48
  • 1995-01-04 Eduardo Mata, Mexican conductor (Improvisaciones), dies in air crash at 52
  • 1995-03-31 Selena [Quintanilla-Pérez], Mexican-American singer-songwriter known as the Queen of Tejano music (Grammy-1994), killed by a fan at 23
  • 1995-12-08 George J. Lewis, Mexican actor (Don-Zorro), dies at 91
  • 1997-06-21 Fidel Velázquez Sánchez, Mexican labor leader, dies at 97
  • 1998-04-19 Octavio Paz, Mexican diplomat and writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1914)
  • 1999-03-19 Jaime Sabines, Mexican poet (b. 1926)
  • 1999-06-07 Paco Stanley, Mexican TV entertainer, dies at 56
  • 2000-05-08 Guadalupe "Pita" Amor, Mexican poet (b. 1918)