Mexico City in History

Historical Events

  • 1790-12-17 Aztec calendar stone discovered in Mexico City

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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

1st Emperor of Mexico Agustín de Iturbide
1st Emperor of Mexico
Agustín de Iturbide

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1834-01-03 The government of Mexico imprisons Stephen F. Austin in Mexico City.

Founder of Texas Stephen F. Austin
Founder of Texas
Stephen F. Austin
  • 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)
  • 1861-01-01 Porfirio Diaz conquers Mexico City
  • 1861-01-11 Mexico City captured by Juarez (Lib) in War of Reform
  • 1863-06-07 Mexico City captured by French troops
  • 1944-07-20 Fifty are hurt in rioting in front of the presidential palace in Mexico City
  • 1963-10-18 IOC votes Mexico City to host 1968 Olympics
  • 1968-10-02 Mexico City police fire on protesting students, 300-500 killed
  • 1968-10-12 19th Olympic games open at Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1968-10-18 Bob Beamon of USA sets long jump record (29 ft. 2½ in.) in Mexico City
  • 1968-10-27 19th Olympic games close at Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1970-06-21 FIFA World Cup: Brazil beats Italy, 4-1 to win Football's 9th World Cup in Mexico City
  • 1975-10-21 Mexico City's 1st major subway accident takes 26 lives
  • 1977-07-07 12,000 police occupy university in Mexico City
  • 1978-08-05 New Orlean Saints beat Phil Eagles 14-7 in Mexico City (NFL expo)
  • 1984-11-19 Liquid gas tank in Mexico City explodes; 334 die
  • 1985-09-19 8.1 earthquake in Mexico City kills an estimated 10,000 and leaves 250,000 homeless
  • 1986-06-29 FIFA World Cup: Argentina beats West Germany 3-2 in football's 13th World Cup in Mexico City
  • 1986-09-28 Record 23,000 start in a marathon (Mexico City)
  • 1992-01-16 Chapultepec Peace Accords are signed in Mexico City which ends the 12-year Salvadoran Civil War
  • 1999-11-09 TAESA Flight 725, crashes a few minutes after leaving the Uruapan airport en-route to Mexico City. 18 people were killed in the accident.
  • 2005-10-02 NFL plays first regular season game outside United States when the Arizona Cardinals defeat the San Francisco 49ers 31-14 in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 2012-07-08 Tens of thousands protest over election corruption in Mexico City after Enrique Peña Nieto's win in the country's presidential election

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2015-07-11 Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán escapes from Altiplano maximum-security prison west of Mexico City via a specially constructed 1.5 km tunnel from his cell to a nearby house

  • 2016-02-12 Pope Francis begins his visit to Mexico, arriving at “Benito Juarez” International Airport in Mexico City

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2016-03-19 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, directed by Zack Synder and starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, first premieres in Mexico City

  • 2017-09-19 7.1 earthquake south east of Mexico City kills over 300

Famous Birthdays

  • 1871-04-03 Jose Juan Tablada, Mexican poet (El Florilegio), born in Mexico City (d. 1941)
  • 1899-06-13 Carlos Chavez, conductor/composer (Sinfonia India), born in Mexico City
  • 1902-04-17 Jaime Torres Bodet, Mexican politician, 2nd Director-General of the UNESCO (1948-52), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1974)
  • 1905-02-22 Luis Sandi, Mexican musician and composer, born in Mexico City (d. 1996)
  • 1906-11-29 Luis Van Rooten, Mexican-born American actor, author and translator (One Man's Family), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1973)

Person of interestFrida 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)

Painter Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo
  • 1911-08-12 Cantinflas [Mario Moreno], Mexican actor (Around World in 80 Days, Pepe), born in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico (d. 1993)
  • 1912-05-09 Pedro Armendáriz, Mexican actor (From Russia With Love, Fort Apache), born in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico (d. 1963)
  • 1920-11-25 Ricardo Montalbán, Mexican actor (Fantasy Island, Star Trek II, Naked Gun), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2009)
  • 1935-04-10 Jorge Mester, Mexican conductor (Louisville Orch 1967-79), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1938-05-04 Carlos Monsiváis, Mexican writer and political activist, born in Mexico City

Person of interestCarlos Slim

1940-01-28 Carlos Slim, Mexican business magnate (América Móvil) once ranked as the richest person in the world, born in Mexico City, Mexico

Businessman Carlos Slim
Carlos Slim
  • 1942-09-05 Eduardo Mata, Mexican conductor (Improvisaciones), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1995)
  • 1943-03-19 Mario J. Molina, Mexican chemist and 1995 Nobel laureate (Antarctic ozone hole), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1943-04-03 Mario Lavista, Mexican composer and writer, born in Mexico City
  • 1943-08-15 María Rojo, Mexican actress and politician, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1946-02-08 Adolfo "Fito" de la Parra, Mexican blues-rock drummer (Canned Heat), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1946-04-03 Carlos Salinas de Gortari, President of Mexico (1988-94), born in Mexico City
  • 1947-05-01 Jacob Bekenstein, American-Israeli theoretical physicist (Bekenstein-Hawking radiation), born in Mexico City (d. 2015)
  • 1949-08-07 Carlo Novi, Mexican songwriter and saxopone player (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes), born in Mexico City (d. 2010)
  • 1951-01-31 Juan de Dios Castillo, Mexican soccer coach (coach Honduras 2011 Copa Centroamericana), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2014)
  • 1952-02-12 Salvador Pineda, Mexican actor, born in Huetamo, Mexico
  • 1954-04-15 Emmanuel, spanish singer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1956-12-12 Ana Alicia Ortiz, actress (Melissa-Falcon Crest), born in Mexico City

Person of interestJorge Ramos

1958-03-16 Jorge Ramos, Mexican TV anchor, born in Mexico City

News Anchor Jorge Ramos
News Anchor
Jorge Ramos
  • 1961-11-28 Alfonso Cuarón, Mexican film director (Gravity), born in Mexico City
  • 1963-08-15 Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mexican film director (Birdman, Babel), born in Mexico City
  • 1965-04-20 Adrian Fernández, Mexican racing driver and co-owner of the Fernandez Racing team, born in Mexico City
  • 1966-03-03 Fernando Colunga, Mexican actor and director (Pasión, Ladrón que roba a ladrón), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1967-07-25 Dave Jareckie, US biathelete (Olympics 1994), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1971-06-17 Paulina Rubio, Mexican singer, model and businesswoman (La Chica Dorada), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1976-06-02 Adrian Carlos Olivares, singer (Menudo-Cannonball), born in Mexico City
  • 1981-02-15 Diego Martínez, Mexican footballer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1983-03-01 Lupita Nyong’o, Mexican-Kenyan actress (12 Years a Slave), born in Mexico City
  • 1983-03-09 Maite Perroni [Beorlegui], Mexican actress and singer in the Latin pop group RBD, born in Mexico City

Famous Weddings

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1960-03-31 Actor Yul Brynner (44) weds fashion house executive Doris Kleiner (32) in Mexico City

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

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 2007-02-05 "Rudo y Cursi" Mexican actor Diego Luna (28) weds actress and model Camila Sodi (21) in Mexico City