Ponce in History

Puerto Rico: Caguas - San Juan

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Famous Birthdays

  • 1891-09-12 Pedro Albizu Campos, Advocate for Puerto Rican independence, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 1965)
  • 1904-02-17 Luis A. Ferré, Puerto Rican industrialist and politician (Governor of Puerto Rico, 1969-73), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 2003)
  • 1919-05-23 Ruth Fernandez, Ponce, Puerto Rico, singer (When you Return), politician, (d. 2012)
  • 1937-09-17 Orlando Cepeda, Puerto Rican Major League Baseball player, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1957-04-09 Ednita Nazario, Ponce PR, spanish singer
  • 1958-06-11 Deborah Vidal, Ponce Puerto Rico, LPGA golfer (1994 Oldsmobile-19th)
  • 1965-03-09 Benito Santiago, Ponce Puerto Rico, catcher (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • 1969-10-31 Damon Mashore, outfielder (Oakland A's), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1970-11-05 Javier Lopez, Puerto Rican baseball pitcher (Atlanta Braves), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Famous Deaths


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1521-07-15 Juan Ponce de León, Spanish explorer and conquistador who searched for the fountain of youth and the first European to discover Florida, dies at 61

Explorer and  Conquistador Juan Ponce de León
Explorer and Conquistador
Juan Ponce de León