The History of Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico: Caguas - Ponce - San Juan

Historical Events


DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

1493-11-19 Christopher Columbus discovers Puerto Rico, on his 2nd voyage

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus

Victory in battleNew Settlement

1508-08-08 Spaniard Juan Ponce de León founds Caparra the first European settlement in Puerto Rico

Explorer and Conquistador Juan Ponce de León
Explorer and Conquistador
Juan Ponce de León
  • 1607-04-10 The British colonial expedition that would found Jamestown departs Puerto Rico for the American mainland
  • 1625-09-24 Dutch attack San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1760-07-19 The formal request to found the later city of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico is filed by its founders
  • 1760-08-21 The church (later cathedral) of "Our Lady of Candlemas of Mayagüez (Puerto Rico)" is founded, establishing the basis for the founding of the city.
  • 1797-04-17 Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico, one of the largest invasions of Spanish territories in America
  • 1836-05-07 The settlement of Mayagüez elevates Puerto Rico to the royal status of villa by the government of Spain
  • 1841-01-30 A fire destroys two-thirds of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.
  • 1868-09-23 Grito de Lares proclaims Puerto Rico's independence (crushed by Spain)
  • 1873-03-22 Slavery is abolished in Puerto Rico, celebrated as Emancipation Day
  • 1877-07-10 The then villa of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, formally receives its city charter from the Royal Crown of Spain
  • 1891-06-11 Puerto Rican flag adopted
  • 1897-11-25 Spain grants Puerto Rico autonomy
  • 1898-07-25 1st US troops land & occupy Puerto Rico, at Guanica Bay
  • 1898-07-28 Spanish troops in Ponce, Puerto Rico, surrender

  • 1898-10-18 American flag raised in Puerto Rico

Spain Declares War Against the United StatesSpain Declares War Against the United States

1898-12-10 Treaty of Paris which ended the Spanish-American War is signed by US President McKinley; US acquires Philippines, Puerto Rico and Guam
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Colonel ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt (centre, with glasses and holstered gun) with his ‘Rough Riders’ after victory at the Battle of San Juan Hill.
Colonel ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt (centre, with glasses and holstered gun) with his ‘Rough Riders’ after victory at the Battle of San Juan Hill.
  • 1899-04-11 Treaty of Paris ratifies ends war; Spain cedes Puerto Rico to US
  • 1900-04-12 The US Congress passes the Foraker Act, establishing Puerto Rico as an unincorporated territory (effective 1 May)
  • 1904-01-04 In 'Gonzales v Williams', the US Supreme Court rules that Puerto Ricans are not aliens and may not be refused admission into continental United States; not until 1917 will citizenship rights be granted

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1906-11-09 Theodore Roosevelt is 1st US President to visit another country (Puerto Rico and Panama)

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • 1917-03-02 Jones Act: Puerto Rico territory created, US citizenship granted
  • 1919-06-20 150 die at the Teatro Yaguez fire, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
  • 1928-10-22 Phi Sigma Alpha fraternity is founded at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus.
  • 1932-05-17 US Congress changes name "Porto Rico" to "Puerto Rico"
  • 1937-03-21 Ponce massacre, police kill 19 at Puerto Rican Nationalist parade
  • 1946-07-21 Jesus T Pinerol becomes 1st native born Puerto Rican governor
  • 1949-01-02 Luis Muñoz Marín becomes the first democratically elected Governor of Puerto Rico
  • 1950-07-04 Harry Truman signs public law 600 (Puerto Ricans write own constitution)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1950-11-01 Puerto Rican nationalists try to kill US President Harry Truman at Blair House

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • 1952-03-03 Puerto Rico approves its 1st self-written constitution
  • 1952-07-03 Puerto Rico's constitution approved by US Congress
  • 1952-07-25 Puerto Rico becomes a self-governing US commonwealth (Constitution Day)
  • 1952-08-25 Puerto Rico becomes a US commonwealth
  • 1954-03-01 4 Puerto Ricans open fire in US House of Representatives injuring 5 members

  • 1961-12-15 JFK visits Puerto Rico
  • 1964-02-03 Black & Puerto Rican students boycott NYC public schools
  • 1966-08-15 Puerto Rican champion José Torres beats Eddie Cotton on points in Las Vegas to retain the WBC/WBA light-heavyweight boxing title
  • 1967-11-25 Puerto Rico placed on Atlantic Standard Time
  • 1969-01-02 Luis Ferré becomes the first statehooder Governor of Puerto Rico
  • 1972-04-01 30,000 attend Mar Y Sol rock concert, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1973-09-01 In his first title defence George Foreman retains his WBC & WBA heavyweight crowns when he KOs Jose "King" Roman of Puerto Rico in round 1 in Tokyo, Japan

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • 1974-08-04 Crawford-Butler Act allows Puerto Ricans to elect own governor

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1976-02-20 Muhammad Ali's bout against Belgian boxer Jean Pierre Coopman in San Juan, Puerto Rico is often regarded as a glorified sparring session; Ali wins by 5th round KO

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1976-03-06 In his 10th title defence, WBA light welterweight champion Antonio Cervantes of Colombia is beaten by 17 year old Puerto Rican boxer Wilfred Benítez in a 15-round split decision in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Benitez youngest ever world champion
  • 1977-06-04 Violence during Puerto Rican Day in Chicago kills 2
  • 1978-03-22 Karl Wallenda of The Flying Wallendas dies after falling off a tight-rope between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1979-01-14 Puerto Rican boxer Wilfred Benitez beats WBC welterweight champion Carlos Palomino of Mexico in a 15-round split decision in San Juan, Puerto Rico; becomes two-division champion at the age of 20
  • 1979-09-10 3 Puerto Rican nationalists who attempted to kill Truman are freed
  • 1981-05-23 Puerto Rican boxer Wilfred Benítez (22) becomes the youngest 3-division world champion in history by knocking out WBC World Super Welterweight champion Maurice Hope in 12 rounds in Las Vegas
  • 1981-11-14 In the first world championship fight between 2 Puerto Ricans in boxing history, WBC Super Welterweight champion Wilfred Benitez beats Carlos Santos in a 15-round unanimous decision at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas
  • 1982-01-30 WBC super welterweight champion Wilfred Benitez of Puerto Rico defeats boxing legend Roberto Durán of Panama in a 15-round unanimous decision at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas
  • 1984-10-31 Puerto Rican tanker 'San Francisco' explodes spilling 2 million gallons of oil as ship caught fire
  • 1985-07-15 Deborah Carthy-Deu, of Puerto Rico, crowned 34th Miss Universe
  • 1986-12-31 Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 97
  • 1987-01-01 60 bodies recovered in Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in Puerto Rico
  • 1988-11-08 Rafael Fernandez Colón re-elected Governor of Puerto Rico
  • 1989-09-18 Hurricane Hugo causes extensive damage in Puerto Rico
  • 1993-01-25 Puerto Rico adds English as its 2nd official language
  • 1993-05-21 Dayanara Torres, 18, of Puerto Rico, crowned 42nd Miss Universe
  • 1993-11-14 Puerto Rico votes against becoming the 51st US state
  • 1996-11-21 A propane explosion at the Humberto Vidal shoe store and office building in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 33.
  • 1997-03-01 Puerto Rican boxer Héctor Camacho stops Sugar Ray Leonard in 5th round in Atlantic City, NJ to retain IBC middleweight title; only time Leonard's is KO'ed and sends him into permanent retirement
  • 2001-01-02 Sila Calderón becomes the first female Governor of Puerto Rico.
  • 2005-09-23 FBI killing of Filiberto Ojeda on Plan Bonito Hormigueros, Puerto Rico.
  • 2006-05-01 The Puerto Rican government closes the Department of Education and 42 other government agencies due to significant shortages in cash flow.
  • 2007-11-29 A 7.4 magnitude earthquake occurs off the northern coast of Martinique. This affected the Eastern Caribbean as far north as Puerto Rico and as south as Trinidad.
  • 2012-06-04 MLB Draft: Puerto Rico Academy & HS shortstop Carlos Correa first pick by Houston Astros
  • 2012-06-11 US territory Puerto Rico votes to become a US State
  • 2017-06-05 Puerto Rico declares its Zika virus epidemic over
  • 2017-06-11 Puerto Rico votes overwhelming in favor of statehood in a status referendum with 97% in favor despite a low turnout of 23%
  • 2017-09-20 Hurricane Maria makes landfall on Puerto Rico as a category 4 hurricane, knocking out all power and killing 25

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017-10-03 US President Donald Trump visits Puerto Rico after it was devastated by hurricane Maria

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2018-05-29 Death toll on Puerto Rico 70 times higher than official figure, likely 4,600 died from Hurricane Maria according to Harvard University study
  • 2018-08-28 Puerto Rico raises official death toll of 2017 Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975
  • 2019-07-21 Puerto Rico's governor Ricardo Rosselló says he won't seek re-election after widespread protests over misogynistic and homophobic comments in his leaked online chats
  • 2019-07-25 Scandal-hit Governor of Puerto Rico Ricardo Rosselló resigns
  • 2019-08-02 Pedro Pierluisi sworn in as new Governor of Puerto Rico replacing Ricardo A. Rosselló
  • 2019-08-07 Wanda Vazquez becomes Puerto Rico's third governor in a week after her predecessor Pedro Pierluisi is removed by the supreme court
  • 2020-01-07 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Puerto Rico, island's largest in a century, followed by many aftershocks kill 1 person and destroy 800 homes

Famous Birthdays

  • 1825-05-26 Felipe Gutiérrez Y Espinosa, Puerto Rican composer, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 1899)
  • 1827-04-08 Ramón Emeterio Betances, Puerto Rican politician, medical doctor and diplomat, born in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico (d. 1898)
  • 1839-01-11 Eugenio Maria de Hostos, Puerto Rico, patriot/scholar
  • 1843-11-16 Manuel Gregorio Tavárez, Puerto Rican composer, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 1883)
  • 1848-04-12 José Gautier Benítez, Puerto Rican poet, born in Caguas, Puerto Rico (d. 1880)
  • 1854-03-26 Braulio Dueno Colon, Puerto Rican composer, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 1934)
  • 1857-07-27 José Celso Barbosa, Puerto Rican physician, sociologist and political leader, born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico (d. 1921)
  • 1859-07-17 Luis Muñoz Rivera, Puerto Rican journalist (founded Federalist Party), born in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico (d. 1916)
  • 1867-04-16 José de Diego, Puerto Rican patriot and advocate for Puerto Rico's independence from Spain and the U.S., born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico (d. 1918)
  • 1874-01-24 Arthur Schomburg (Arturo Alfonso), Puerto Rico, archivist of African American history and culture
  • 1891-08-21 Emiliano Mercado del Toro, World's oldest living man 2004-2007, born in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico (d. 2007)
  • 1891-09-12 Pedro Albizu Campos, Advocate for Puerto Rican independence, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 1965)
  • 1898-02-18 Luis Muñoz Marín, Puerto Rican poet (d. 1980)
  • 1898-07-04 Pilar Barbosa, Puerto Rican historian and political activist, born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico (d. 1997)
  • 1902-11-26 Alberto Morin, Puerto Rican actor (Two Mules for Sister Sara, Rio Grande), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 1989)
  • 1904-02-17 Luis A. Ferré, Puerto Rican industrialist and politician (Governor of Puerto Rico, 1969-73), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 2003)
  • 1905-09-01 Elvera Sanchez, Puerto Rican dancer (d. 2000)
  • 1905-09-26 Emilio Navarro, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in Patillas, Puerto Rico (d. 2011)
  • 1906-05-06 Enrique Laguerre, Puerto Rican writer (La Llamarada), born in Moca, Puerto Rico (d. 2005)
  • 1907-09-14 A. Cecil Snyder, American lawyer and Chief Justice of Puerto Rico, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1959)

Person of interestJosé Ferrer

1912-01-08 José Ferrer, Puerto Rican actor and director (Blood Tide, Dune), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 1992)

  • 1919-05-23 Ruth Fernandez, Ponce, Puerto Rico, singer (When you Return), politician, (d. 2012)
  • 1919-08-11 Luis Olmo, pioneering Puerto Rican NBA player (Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Arecibo (d. 2017)
  • 1923-04-20 Tito Puente, American bandleader (Dance Mania), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1927-02-18 Luis Arroyo, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1927-11-01 Victor Pellot, Puerto Rican baseball infielder (6 x MLB All Star; 7 x Gold Glove), born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico (d. 2005)
  • 1928-02-17 Marta Romero, Puerto Rican actress & singer (La Divina Infiel, The Shadow of the Bat), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 2013)
  • 1930-04-10 Norma Candal, Puerto Rican actress and comedian (La criada malcriada), born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico (d. 2006)

Person of interestRita Moreno

1931-12-11 Rita Moreno [Rosita Dolores Alverío], Puerto Rican singer, dancer and actress (West Side Story), born in Humacao, Puerto Rico

Singer, Dancer and Actress Rita Moreno
Singer, Dancer and Actress
Rita Moreno
  • 1932-03-09 Walter Mercado, Puerto Rican astrologist and actor, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 2019)
  • 1932-09-04 Carlos Romero Barceló, Puerto Rican politician (5th Governor of Puerto Rico), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1933-04-26 Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, Puerto Rican activist (Founder of FALN), born in Río Blanco, Naguabo, Puerto Rico (d. 2005)

Person of interestRoberto Clemente

1934-08-18 Roberto Clemente, Puerto Rican baseball outfielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Carolina, Puerto Rico (d. 1972)

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • 1935-10-23 Chi Chi Rodriguez, Puerto Rican golfer (Senior Tournament Players C'ship 1986, PGA Senior C'ship 1987), born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
  • 1936-05-03 José Torres, Puerto Rican boxer (world light-heavyweight champion), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 2009)
  • 1937-09-17 Orlando Cepeda, Puerto Rican Major League Baseball player, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1938-10-15 Rafael Aponte-Ledeé, Puerto Rican composer, born in Guayama, Puerto Rico
  • 1939-06-21 Rubén Berríos, Puerto Rican politician, born in Aibonito, Puerto Rico
  • 1939-07-27 James Victor, Dominican-American actor (Boulevard Night, Streets of LA), born in Santiago Province, Dominican Republic (d. 2016)
  • 1939-09-09 Carlos Ortiz, Puerto Rican boxer
  • 1940-03-09 Raul Julia, Puerto Rican actor (Addams Family, Kiss of the Spider Woman), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 1994)
  • 1941-01-12 Jaime Fuster, American politician (Rep-D-PR, 1985- ), born in Guayama, Puerto Rico (d. 2007)
  • 1942-09-23 Sila María Calderón, Puerto Rican politician
  • 1942-11-08 Ángel Cordero Jr, Puerto Rican jockey (Kentucky Derby 1974, 76, 85; US Racing Hall of Fame), born in Santurce, Puerto Rico
  • 1943-06-22 Ralph Molina, American drummer (Crazy Horse, Neil Young's backing band), born in Puerto Rico
  • 1943-10-24 José E. Serrano, American politician (Rep-D-New York), born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
  • 1944-04-05 Pedro Rosselló, Puerto Rican politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Puerto Rico, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1944-08-23 Antonia Novello, 14th US Surgeon General (1990-92) 1dt woman and Hispanic holder, born in Farjardo, Puerto Rico
  • 1945-09-10 Jose Feliciano, Lares, Puerto Rican singer/songwriter (Light my Fire)
  • 1946-09-30 Héctor Lavoe, Puerto Rican singer (d. 1993)
  • 1946-10-26 Holly Woodlawn, transgender Puerto Rican actress (Warhol films), born in Juana Díaz (d. 2015)
  • 1947-08-15 Geraldo Velez, Puerto Rican musician and jazz congas player (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance), born in Puerto Rico
  • 1948-07-18 Carlos Colón, Sr., Puerto Rican professional wrestler, born in Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico
  • 1949-01-15 Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in Lajas, Puerto Rico (d. 2001)
  • 1949-10-13 Marisol Malaret, 1st Puerto Rican Miss Universe (1970), born in Utuado, Puerto Rico
  • 1950-01-17 Luis López Nieves, Latin American writer, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1950-03-07 Iris Chacon, Puerto Rican singer and dancer
  • 1951-05-07 Carlos Alomar, Puerto Rican-American guitarist, composer, and arranger (David Bowie), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1953-03-28 Nydia M Velazquez, Puerto Rican politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New York, born in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico
  • 1955-09-16 Yolandita Monge, Puerto Rican singer, born in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico
  • 1956-08-28 Luis Guzmán, Puerto Rican actor (The Limey), born in Cayey, Puerto Rico
  • 1956-10-29 Wilfredo Gómez, Puerto Rican boxer
  • 1956-11-25 Liana Vicens, Puerto Rico, 100m breaststroke (Olympics 1968)
  • 1957-01-07 Julian Solis, Puerto Rican boxer, born in Rio Pedras, Puerto Rico
  • 1957-01-19 Kenneth McClintock, Puerto Rican politician, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1957-04-09 Ednita Nazario, Puerto Rican singer, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1958-08-11 Cordelia Gonzalez, actress (La Gran Fiesta), born in San Juan Puerto Rico
  • 1958-09-12 Wilfred Benítez, Puerto Rican boxer (youngest world champion at 17 years, 176 days [WBA Light Welterweight]), born in NYC, New York
  • 1958-10-19 Lou Briel, Puerto Rican singer and actor
  • 1959-04-26 Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico politician, Governor of Puerto Rico (2019-), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1960-07-09 Wanda Vazquez, Puerto Rico attorney and Governor of Puerto Rio (2019-), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1960-07-11 Ariel Castro, Puerto Rican-born American criminal famous for kidnapping 3 women between 2002-4, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 2013)
  • 1960-10-31 Luis Fortuño, Puerto Rican delegate to Congress, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1962-02-13 Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, Puerto Rican politician and lawyer, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1962-03-19 Ivan Calderón, Puerto Rican baseball player (d. 2003)
  • 1962-05-24 Héctor Camacho, Puerto Rican boxer (WBC super featherweight 1983-84, WBC lightweight 1985-87, WBO jr. welterweight twice 1989-1992), born in Bayamón, PR
  • 1963-07-04 José Oquendo, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
  • 1964-02-22 Gigi Fernandez [Beatriz], American tennis star (Olymp-gold-96), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1964-11-11 Roberto Hernandez, Santurce Puerto Rico, pitcher (Chicago White Sox)
  • 1965-03-09 Benito Santiago, Puerto Rican baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1965-05-14 Joey Cora, Caguas Puerto Rico, infielder (Seattle Mariners)
  • 1965-07-29 Luis Alicea, Santurce Puerto Rico, infielder (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1965-10-06 Ruben Sierra, Rio Piedras Puerto Rico, outfielder (NY Yankees)
  • 1966-06-18 Sandy Alomar, Puerto Rican catcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Salinas, Puerto Rico
  • 1967-02-19 Benicio Del Toro, Puerto Rico, actor (Licence to Kill, Usual Suspects)
  • 1967-03-27 Jaime Navarro, Puerto Rican baseball pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico
  • 1967-04-13 Olga Tañón, Puerto Rican singer, born in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1967-07-06 Omar Olivares, MLB pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
  • 1968-02-05 Roberto Alomar, Puerto Rican infielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in Salinas, Puerto Rico
  • 1968-06-28 Chayanne [Elmer Figueroa Arce], Puerto Rican singer, born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
  • 1968-09-13 Bernie Williams, Puerto Rican baseball outfielder (NY Yankees), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1968-10-13 Julio Valera, MLB pitcher (KC Royals), born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
  • 1968-11-04 Carlos Baerga, Puerto Rico, infielder (Cleveland Indians)
  • 1969-04-06 Ari Meyers, American actress (Emma McArdle-Kate & Allie), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1969-04-07 Ricky Bones, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers, NY Yanks), born in Salinas, Puerto Rico
  • 1969-07-14 Jose Hernandez, Hato Rey Puerto Rico, infielder (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1969-10-12 José Valentín, MLB infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Manatí, Puerto Rico
  • 1969-10-20 Juan Gonzalez, Vega Baja Puerto Rico, outfielder (Texas Rangers)
  • 1969-10-31 Damon Mashore, MLB outfielder (Oakland A's), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1969-11-09 Angel Miranda, Puerto Rican baseball pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico

Famous Weddings

  • 2000-05-09 Puerto Rican actress and former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres (25) weds singer-songwriter Marc Anthony (31) in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2001-10-05 "The Golden Boy" professional boxer Oscar De La Hoya (28) weds Puerto Rican pop singer Millie Corretjer (27) in a secret ceremony held at "El Invernino" in San Juan
  • 2006-04-01 Miss Puerto Rico 2003 Joyceline Montero weds architect Hansell Bajuelo at la Iglesia de la Misericordia in Guaynabo City
  • 2006-06-03 Telenovela actress Adamari Lopez (35) weds Latin singing sensation Luis Fonsi (28) at La Iglesia de San Jose in Villa Caparra, Puerto Rico
  • 2006-10-14 Merengue singer Melina Leon (33) weds Ruy Fernando Delgado at La Iglesia Metodista Universitaria in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 2007-06-09 "Ugly Betty" actress Ana Ortiz (36) weds musician Noah Lebenzon at the Horned Dorset Primavera Hotel in Rincon, Puerto Rico
  • 2008-11-29 "Without a Trace" star Roselyn Sanchez (35) weds actor Eric Winter (32) at Fort San Cristobal in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

LoveWedding of Interest

2011-01-01 Singer-songwriter Shania Twain (46) weds Swiss business executive Frederic Thiebaud in Rincon, Puerto Rico

Singer Shania Twain
Singer
Shania Twain

Famous Deaths

  • 1880-01-24 José Gautier Benítez, Puerto Rican poet, dies at 28
  • 1883-07-01 Manuel Gregorio Tavárez, Puerto Rican composer, dies at 39
  • 1898-09-16 Ramón Emeterio Betances, Puerto Rican politician, medical doctor and diplomat, dies at 71
  • 1899-11-27 Felipe Gutiérrez Y Espinosa, Puerto Rican composer, dies at 74
  • 1903-08-11 Eugenio Maria de Hostos, Puerto Rican educator and nationalist (b. 1839)
  • 1914-08-23 George Ambrose Pogson, British consul in Hamburg (1880-1914), dies
  • 1916-11-15 Luis Muñoz Rivera, Puerto Rican journalist (founded Federalist Party), dies at 57
  • 1918-07-16 José de Diego, Puerto Rican patriot and advocate for Puerto Rico's independence from Spain and the U.S., dies at 52
  • 1921-09-21 José Celso Barbosa, Puerto Rican physician, sociologist and political leader, dies at 64
  • 1934-04-04 Braulio Dueno Colon, Puerto Rican composer, dies at 80
  • 1959-06-29 A. Cecil Snyder, American lawyer and Chief Justice of Puerto Rico, dies at 51
  • 1980-04-30 Luis Muñoz Marín, Puerto Rican poet, journalist, and politician (b. 1898)
  • 1988-06-16 Miguel Piñero, Puerto Rican playwright, actor, and co-founder of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. (b. 1946)
  • 1989-04-07 Alberto Morin, Puerto Rican actor (Two Mules for Sister Sara, Rio Grande), dies at 86

Person of interestJosé Ferrer

1992-01-26 José Ferrer, Puerto Rican actor and director (Cyrano de Bergerac), dies at 80

  • 1993-06-29 Héctor Lavoe, Puerto Rican singer (b. 1946)
  • 1994-10-24 Raul Julia, Puerto Rican actor (Addams Family), dies of stroke at 54
  • 1997-01-22 Pilar Barbosa, Puerto Rican historian and political activist, dies at 98
  • 1997-03-25 Roberto Sanchez Vilella, governor of Puerto Rico in (1965-69), dies
  • 2000-02-07 Big Pun, Puerto Rican-American rapper (b. 1971)
  • 2000-09-02 Elvera Sanchez, Puerto Rican dancer (b. 1905)
  • 2001-03-20 Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rican baseball player (b. 1949)
  • 2003-05-18 Anna Santisteban, Puerto Rican beauty contest organizer, dies at 89
  • 2003-08-10 Carmita Jiménez, Puerto Rican singer
  • 2003-10-21 Luis A. Ferré, Puerto Rican industrialist and politician (Governor of Puerto Rico, 1969-73), dies at 99
  • 2003-12-27 Iván Calderón, Puerto Rican baseball player (b. 1962)
  • 2004-01-28 Don Cholito, Puerto Rican radio host (b. 1923)
  • 2005-06-16 Enrique Laguerre, Puerto Rican writer (La Llamarada), dies at 99
  • 2005-09-23 Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, Puerto Rican activist (Founder of FALN), dies at 72
  • 2005-11-29 Victor Pellot, Puerto Rican baseball infielder (6 x MLB All Star; 7 x Gold Glove; Cleveland, Minnesota), dies from cancer at 78
  • 2006-02-05 Norma Candal, Puerto Rican actress and comedian (La criada malcriada), dies at 78
  • 2006-02-17 Ray Barretto, Puerto Rican American congo drummer (El Watusi), dies at 76
  • 2006-06-06 Hilton Ruiz, Puerto Rican-American jazz pianist (b. 1952)
  • 2006-11-06 Federico (Fico) López, Puerto Rican basketball player (b. 1962)
  • 2007-01-11 Puchi Balseiro, Puerto Rican singer & songwriter (b. 1926)
  • 2009-01-19 José Torres, Puerto Rican boxer (world light-heavyweight champion), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • 2010-08-01 Lolita Lebrón, Puerto Rican nationalist (b. 1919)
  • 2011-04-30 Emilio Navarro, Puerto Rican baseball player, dies at 105
  • 2012-01-09 Ruth Fernandez, Puerto Rican singer and politician, dies from septic shock and pneumonia at 92
  • 2012-11-24 Héctor Camacho, Puerto Rican boxer (WBC super featherweight 1983-84, WBC lightweight 1985-87, WBO jr. welterweight twice 1989-1992), dies from gunshot wounds at 50
  • 2013-05-31 Marta Romero, Puerto Rican actress & singer (La Divina Infiel, The Shadow of the Bat), dies at 85
  • 2013-09-03 Ariel Castro, Puerto Rican-born American criminal famous for kidnapping 3 women between 2002-4, commits suicide 1 month into his life sentence at 53
  • 2015-12-06 Holly Woodlawn, transgender Puerto Rican actress (Warhol films), dies at 69
  • 2017-04-28 Luis Olmo, Puerto Rican NBA player (Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 97
  • 2019-11-02 Walter Mercado, Puerto Rican astrologist and actor, dies at about 87