Asunción in History

Historical Events

Victory in Battle

1868-11-11 War of the Triple Alliance: Allied victory in the Battle of Avay leaves 3,000 Paraguayan soldiers dead, 600 wounded and the road to Asunción open

  • 1869-01-01 War of the Triple Alliance: Paraguay's capital Asunción falls to Brazilian forces led by General João de Souza da Fonseca Costa
  • 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
  • 2004-08-01 A supermarket fire kills 396 people and injures 500 in Asunción, Paraguay

Famous Birthdays

  • 1561-09-10 Hernando Arias de Saavedra, Spanish-American colonial governor, born in Asunción (d. 1634)
  • 1790-11-04 Carlos Antonio López, 1st President of Paraguay (1844-62), born in Asunción, Paraguay (d. 1862)

Francisco Solano LópezFrancisco Solano López (1826-1870)

1826-07-24 President and Dictator of Paraguay (1862-70), born in Asunción, Paraguay

  • 1865-11-27 Jose Asunción Silva, Colombian poet (Nocturno III), born in Bogotá, Colombia (d. 1896)

Victor PecciVictor Pecci (67 years old)

1955-10-15 Paraguayan Tennis Star, born in Asuncion, 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

Famous Deaths

  • 1896-05-23 Jose Asunción Silva, Colombian poet (Nocturno III), dies at 30