Asunción in History

Historical Events

Victory in battleVictory 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

President of Paraguay Francisco Solano López
President of Paraguay
Francisco Solano López
  • 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)

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

Person of interestVictor Pecci

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

Tennis Player Victor Pecci
Tennis Player
Victor Pecci
  • 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