Paraguayan History

Historical Events

  • 1537-08-15 Asunción, Paraguay, is founded.
  • 1617-12-16 Spanish viceroy Hernando Arias de Saavedra founds provinces Rio de la Plata (Argentina)/Guaira (Paraguay)
  • 1811-05-14 Paraguay gains independence from Spain (National Day)
  • 1866-03-01 Paraguayan canoes sink 2 Brazilian ironclads on Rio Parana
  • 1866-10-22 Paraguay: Battle of Curupaytí against Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay.
  • 1869-08-16 Battle of Acosta Ñu: A Paraguay battalion made up of children is massacred by the Brazilian Army during the War of the Triple Alliance.
  • 1917-09-20 Paraguay becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
  • 1930-09-29 Boquerón battle ends Paraguay border dispute
  • 1933-05-10 Paraguay declares war on Bolivia
  • 1933-12-20 Bolivia & Paraguay sign cease fire
  • 1935-06-12 Weapons pact ends 3 year war of Gran Chaco (Bolivia vs Paraguay)
  • 1935-06-14 Chaco War between Bolivia & Paraguay ends
  • 1945-02-14 Peru, Paraguay, Chile & Ecuador joins UN
  • 1947-05-07 Paraguayian government unleashes contra revolt
  • 1954-05-05 Military coup in Paraguay led by general Alfredo Stroessner
  • 1954-08-15 Alfredo Stroessner names himself president of Paraguay
  • 1959-05-30 President Stroessner disbands Paraguay's parliament
  • 1967-08-25 Paraguay accepts its constitution
  • 1987-03-15 US Davis Cup team loses to Paraguay
  • 1988-02-14 Alfredo Stroessner re-elected President of Paraguay
  • 1989-02-03 Military coup overthrows Alfredo Stroessner, dictator of Paraguay
  • 1991-12-01 Colorado party wins Paraguay parliamentary election
  • 1993-05-09 Paraguay holds its 1st pres & parliamentary elections in 50 years
  • 1999-03-23 Gunmen assassinate Paraguay's Vice President Luis María Argaña
  • 2004-08-01 A supermarket fire kills 396 people and injures 500 in Asunción, Paraguay.
  • 2013-04-21 Horacio Cartes is elected President of Paraguay
  • 2015-12-26 Floods in Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay displace 150,000, blamed on El Nino

Famous Birthdays

  • 1576-11-17 Roque Gonzales, Paraguayan missionary (d. 1628)
  • 1790-11-04 Carlos A Lopez, president of Paraguay (1844-62)
  • 1826-07-24 Francisco Solano Lopez, President of Paraguay (1862-70), born in Asunción, Paraguay (d. 1870)
  • 1882-07-18 Manuel Galvez, Argentina writer/poet/historian (Paraguay)
  • 1912-11-03 Alfredo Stroessner, dictator of Paraguay (1954-89)
  • 1924-03-20 Hermann Guggiari, Paraguay, engineer and sculptor (Rejas, NNUU)(d.2012)
  • 1951-05-30 Fernando Lugo, Paraguayan politician

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1955-10-15 Victor Pecci, Paraguayan tennis star, born in Asuncion, Paraguay

Tennis Player Victor Pecci
Tennis Player
Victor Pecci
  • 1956-10-11 Nicanor Duarte Frutos, President of Paraguay
  • 1958-05-31 Angel Franco, Asuncion Paraguay, golfer (1993 Nike Dominion)
  • 1965-07-27 José Luis Chilavert, Paraguayan footballer
  • 1981-08-16 Roque Santa Cruz, Paraguayan footballer

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1986-04-26 Writer Jorge Luis Borges (86) weds author Maria Kodama (49) in Paraguay


Famous Deaths

  • 1628-11-15 Roque Gonzales, Paraguayan missionary (b. 1576)
  • 1839-09-20 Jose Gaspar de Francia, dictator of Paraguay (1816-39), dies at 74
  • 1862-09-10 Carlos A Lopez, president of Paraguay (1844-62), dies at 71
  • 1870-03-01 Francisco Solano Lopez, President of Paraguay (1862-70), dies at 43
  • 1870-05-01 Francisco Solano Lopez, fieldmarshal/president of Paraguay
  • 1980-09-17 Anastasio Somoza Debayle [Tachito], President of Nicaragua (1967-72 and 1974-79), assassinated in Paraguay at 54
  • 1997-04-21 Andres Rodriguez, Paraguayan president (1989-93), dies
  • 1999-03-23 Luis María Argaña, Paraguayan politician (b. ?)
  • 2005-04-26 Augusto Roa Bastos, Paraguayan author (b. 1917)
  • 2006-08-16 Alfredo Stroessner, President of Paraguay (b. 1912)
  • 2012-01-01 Hermann Guggiari, Paraguayan engineer and sculptor, dies at 88