Ponce in History

Puerto Rico: Caguas - San Juan

Historical Events

New Settlement

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

  • 1513-03-27 Spaniard Juan Ponce de León and his expedition first sight Florida
  • 1513-04-02 Explorer Juan Ponce de León claims Florida for Spain as the first known European to reach Florida
  • 1898-07-28 Spanish American War: U.S. Army occupies Ponce and declares victory in Puerto Rico over Spanish forces
  • 1958-02-02 WRIK (now WLUZ) TV channel 7 in Ponce, PR (PTC) begins broadcasting
  • 1970-04-15 WPSJ TV channel 14 in Ponce, PR ([P]) begins broadcasting

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 Fernández, Puerto Rican singer ("Cuando Vuelvas" - "When You Return"), and politician (Senate-at-large, 1973-81), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 2012)
  • 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)
  • 1932-03-09 Walter Mercado, Puerto Rican astrologist and actor, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 2019)
  • 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
  • 1951-05-07 Carlos Alomar, Puerto Rican-American guitarist, composer, and arranger (David Bowie), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1957-04-09 Ednita Nazario, Puerto Rican Latin pop and rock singer, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1965-03-09 Benito Santiago, Puerto Rican baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1969-10-31 Damon Mashore, MLB outfielder (Oakland A's), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1970-11-05 Javier "Javy" López, Puerto Rican MLB baseball catcher, 1992-2006 (Atlanta Braves, and 2 other teams), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1976-07-25 Javier Vázquez, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico

Famous Deaths

Juan Ponce de León

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