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)

BattleDeclaration of War

1864-12-13 War of the Triple Alliance: Paraguay officially declares war on Brazil, invades the next day

President of Paraguay Francisco Solano López
President of Paraguay
Francisco Solano López

Battle of InterestBattle of Cerro Corá

1870-03-01 War of the Triple Alliance finally ends with the Battle of Cerro Corá and the death of Paraguayan Dictator Francisco Solano López after over 5 years of bloodshed between Paraguay and Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay
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Death of Francisco Solano López by the River Aquidabán, during the Battle of Cerro Corá
Death of Francisco Solano López by the River Aquidabán, during the Battle of Cerro Corá
  • 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

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

1936-12-10 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Carlos Saavedra Lamas for mediating end to Chaco War between Paraguay and Bolivia, 1st Latin American to win

Nobel Peace Laureate Carlos Saavedra Lamas
Nobel Peace Laureate
Carlos Saavedra Lamas
  • 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
  • 1960-06-19 1st Copa Libertadores Final, Asunción: Luis Cubilla scores 83' equaliser for Peñarol of Uruguay for 1-1 draw against Olimpia (Paraguay); win 2-1 on aggregate after taking 1st-leg 1-0 in Montevideo
  • 1967-08-25 Paraguay accepts its constitution

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

1979-06-11 French Open Men's Tennis: Björn Borg wins 2nd of 4 straight French titles and 6 overall; beats Victor Pecci of Paraguay 6-3, 6-1, 6-7, 6-4

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Player Victor Pecci
Tennis Player
Victor Pecci
  • 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
  • 2004-08-28 Carlos Tevez scores the winner as Argentina beats Paraguay 1-0, maintaining an undefeated record to win the men's football gold medal at the Athens Olympics
  • 2011-07-24 Copa América Final, River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires: Diego Forlán scores twice as Uruguay beats Paraguay, 3–0 to earn their 15th title
  • 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
  • 2018-04-23 Mario Abdo Benítez is elected President of Paraguay
  • 2018-07-06 Paraguay has eliminated malaria in announcement by the World Health organization
  • 2019-06-16 Massive unprecedented power cut affects all of Argentina and Uruguay and parts of Paraguay

Famous Birthdays

  • 1576-11-17 Roque Gonzales, Paraguayan missionary (d. 1628)
  • 1790-11-04 Carlos Antonio López, 1st President of Paraguay (1844-62), born in Asunción, Paraguay (d. 1862)

Person of interestFrancisco Solano López

1826-07-24 Francisco Solano López, President and Dictator of Paraguay (1862-70), born in Asunción, Paraguay (d. 1870)

President of Paraguay Francisco Solano López
President of Paraguay
Francisco Solano López
  • 1912-11-03 Alfredo Stroessner, 42nd President of Paraguay (1954-89), born in Encarnación, Paraguay (d. 2006)
  • 1924-03-20 Hermann Guggiari, Paraguay, engineer and sculptor (Rejas, NNUU)(d.2012)
  • 1951-05-30 Fernando Lugo, Paraguayan politician

Person of interestVictor Pecci

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

Tennis Player Victor Pecci
Tennis Player
Victor Pecci
  • 1956-10-11 Nicanor Frutos, 47th President of Paraguay (2003-08), born in Coronel Oviedo, Paraguay
  • 1961-06-03 César Zabala, Paraguayan soccer defender (49 caps; Cerro Porteño), born in Luque, Paraguay (d. 2020)
  • 1965-07-27 José Luis Chilavert, Paraguayan footballer, born in Luque, Paraguay
  • 1971-11-10 Mario Abdo Benítez, Paraguayan politician, President of Paraguay (2018-), born in Asunción, Paraguay
  • 1976-07-16 Carlos Humberto Paredes, Paraguyan footballer and coach, born in Asunción, Paraguay
  • 1981-08-16 Roque Santa Cruz, Paraguayan footballer, born in Asunción, Paraguay
  • 1987-04-02 Pablo César Aguilar, Paraguayan soccer defender (28 caps; Sportivo Luqueño, América, Cruz Azul), born in Luque, Paraguay

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding 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 Antonio López, 1st President of Paraguay (1844-62), dies at 71

Person of interestFrancisco Solano López

1870-03-01 Francisco Solano López, President and Dictator of Paraguay (1862-70), shouts "¡Muero con mi patria!" (I die with my nation) and dies in a struggle with Brazilian soldiers attempting to disarm him at 43

President of Paraguay Francisco Solano López
President of Paraguay
Francisco Solano López
  • 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, dies at 87
  • 2006-08-16 Alfredo Stroessner, 42nd President of Paraguay (1954-89), dies at 93
  • 2012-01-01 Hermann Guggiari, Paraguayan engineer & sculptor, dies at 88
  • 2020-01-31 César Zabala, Paraguayan soccer defender (49 caps; Cerro Porteño), dies of bladder cancer at 58