The History of Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico: Caguas - Ponce - San Juan

Historical Events

Historic Discovery

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

New Settlement

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

  • 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 American War: U.S. Army occupies Ponce and declares victory in Puerto Rico over Spanish forces
  • 1898-10-18 American flag raised in Puerto Rico

Spain 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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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)

Assassination Attempt

1950-11-01 Puerto Rican nationalists Griselio Torresola and Oscar Collazo attempt to assassinate US President Harry Truman at Blair House in Washington D.C.; attack thwarted by White House Police, including Officer Leslie Coffelt who was killed in the line of duty [1]

  • 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

Historic Event

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 American 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

Boxing 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

  • 1974-08-04 Crawford-Butler Act allows Puerto Ricans to elect own governor

Boxing 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

Sports History

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 "The Great" Wallenda, German acrobat (The Flying Wallendas) dies after falling off a tight-rope between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at 73
  • 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.

Sports History

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 Rican archivist of African American history and culture, born in Santurce, Puerto Rico (d. 1938)
  • 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)

José 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 Fernández, Puerto Rican singer ("Cuando Vuelvas" - "When You Return"), and politician (Senate-at-large, 1973-81), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico (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 mambo and Latin jazz bandleader ("Oye Como Va"), 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 (La Divina Infiel,;The Shadow of the Bat),& singer ("Es tarde ya" (It's Too Late Now)), 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)

Rita Moreno

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

  • 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)

Roberto Clemente

1934-08-18 Roberto Clemente, Puerto Rican Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (15 x MLB All Star; World Series 1960, 71 [MVP]; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Carolina, Puerto Rico (d. 1972)

  • 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)
  • 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, 1985-92), born in Guayama, Puerto Rico (d. 2007)
  • 1942-09-23 Sila María Calderón, Puerto Rican politician

Ángel Cordero Jr.

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 José Feliciano, Puerto Rican singer-songwriter ("Light My Fire"; "Feliz Navidad"; "Chico And The Man"), born in Lares, Puerto Rico
  • 1946-09-30 Héctor Lavoe [Pérez], Puerto Rican salsa singer, born in Machuelo Abajo, Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 1993)
  • 1946-10-26 Holly Woodlawn, transgender Puerto Rican actress (Warhol films), born in Juana Díaz (d. 2015)
  • 1947-08-15 (Gerardo) "Jerry" Velez, American drummer and percussionist (Jimi Hendrix's Woodstock appearance; Spyro Gyra - "Morning Dance"), born in The Bronx, New York City
  • 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 Chacón, Puerto Rican singer, dancer, and TV personality born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 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, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 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 Latin pop and rock singer, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1958-08-11 Cordelia Gonzalez, actress (La Gran Fiesta), born in San Juan Puerto Rico

Wilfred Benítez

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 born in Santurce, Puerto Rico
  • 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 outfielder (MLB All Star 1991; Chicago White Sox, Montreal Expos), born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico (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, Puerto Rico (d. 2012)
  • 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, Puerto Rican pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Santurce Puerto Rico
  • 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, Puerto Rican infielder (St Louis Cardinals), born in Santurce, Puerto Rico
  • 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 Rican actor (Licence to Kill, Usual Suspects), born in San Germán, Puerto Rico
  • 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, Puerto Rican MLB pitcher (KC Royals), born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
  • 1968-11-04 Carlos Baerga, Puerto Rican infielder (Cleveland Indians), born in Puerto Rico
  • 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, Puerto Rican infielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
  • 1969-10-12 José Valentín, MLB infielder, 1992-2007 (Milwaukee Brewers, and 3 other teams), born in Manatí, Puerto Rico
  • 1969-10-20 Juan Gonzalez, Puerto Rican MLB outfielder (Texas Rangers), born in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico
  • 1969-10-31 Damon Mashore, MLB outfielder (Oakland A's), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1969-11-09 Ángel Miranda, Puerto Rican MLB baseball pitcher, 1993-97 (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico
  • 1970-04-19 Luis Miguel, Puerto Rican-Mexican spanish singer (Me Gustas Tal Como Eres), born in San Juan, 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

Shania Twain

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


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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

José Ferrer

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

  • 1993-06-29 Héctor Lavoe [Pérez], Puerto Rican salsa singer dies of complications from AIDS at 46
  • 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 [Christopher Rios], Puerto Rican-American rapper ("I'm Not A Player"), dies of a heart attack at 28
  • 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 (Tierra Rica"; "La Vida En Rosa"), dies of cancer at 64
  • 2003-10-21 Luis A. Ferré, Puerto Rican industrialist and politician (Governor of Puerto Rico, 1969-73), dies at 99
  • 2003-12-27 Ivan Calderón, Puerto Rican baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1991; Chicago White Sox, Montreal Expos), dies from multiple firearm wounds at 41
  • 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, American percussionist and Latin jazz bandleader (Charanga Moderna - "El Watusi"), dies at 76
  • 2006-06-06 Hilton Ruiz, Puerto Rican-American bebop and Afro-Cuban jazz pianist, dies from injuries sustained in a fall at 54
  • 2006-11-06 Federico (Fico) López, Puerto Rican basketball player, dies of a heart attack at 44
  • 2007-01-11 (Aurea) "Puch" Balseiro, Puerto Rican bolero and filin singer-songwriter and guitarist, dies at 80
  • 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