San Juan in History

Puerto Rico: Caguas - Ponce

Historical Events

  • 1625-09-24 Dutch attack San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1797-04-17 Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico, one of the largest invasions of Spanish territories in America
  • 1954-03-28 WKAQ TV channel 2 in San Juan, PR (TM) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-05-01 WAPA TV channel 4 in San Juan, PR (NBC/SFN) begins broadcasting
  • 1958-01-06 WIPR TV channel 6 in San Juan, PR (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1960-05-23 WKBM TV (now WLII) channel 11 in Caguas/San Juan, PR 1st broadcast
  • 1964-10-01 WTSJ TV channel 18 in San Juan, PR (NBC) begins broadcasting

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
  • 1978-03-22 Karl Wallenda of The Flying Wallendas dies after falling off a tight-rope between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1986-12-31 Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 97
  • 1989-07-29 Javier Sotomayor of Cuba sets high jump record (8'0") in San Juan
  • 1996-11-21 A propane explosion at the Humberto Vidal shoe store and office building in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 33.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1825-05-26 Felipe Gutiérrez Y Espinosa, Puerto Rican composer, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 1899)
  • 1843-11-16 Manuel Gregorio Tavárez, Puerto Rican composer, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 1883)
  • 1854-03-26 Braulio Dueno Colon, Puerto Rican composer, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 1934)
  • 1902-11-26 Alberto Morin, Puerto Rican actor (Two Mules for Sister Sara, Rio Grande), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 1989)

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)

  • 1932-09-04 Carlos Romero Barceló, Puerto Rican politician (5th Governor of Puerto Rico), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1940-03-09 Raul Julia, Puerto Rican actor (Addams Family, Kiss of the Spider Woman), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 1994)
  • 1944-04-05 Pedro Rosselló, Puerto Rican politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Puerto Rico, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1950-01-17 Luis López Nieves, Latin American writer, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1958-08-11 Cordelia Gonzalez, actress (La Gran Fiesta), born in San Juan 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
  • 1964-02-22 Gigi Fernandez [Beatriz], American tennis star (Olymp-gold-96), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1967-04-13 Olga Tañón, Puerto Rican singer, born in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1968-09-13 Bernie Williams, Puerto Rican baseball outfielder (NY Yankees), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1969-04-06 Ari Meyers, American actress (Emma McArdle-Kate & Allie), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1970-04-19 Luis Miguel, Puerto Rican-Mexican spanish singer (Me Gustas Tal Como Eres), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1970-11-05 Javier Lopez, Puerto Rican baseball pitcher (Atlanta Braves), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1971-08-17 Jorge Posada, Puerto Rican baseball catcher (5-time MLB All Star and Silver Slugger Award; NY Yankees) born in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Person of interestRicky Martin

1971-12-24 Ricky Martin, Puerto Rican singer (Menudo) and actor (General Hospital), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Singer/Actor Ricky Martin
Singer/Actor
Ricky Martin
  • 1971-12-28 Melvin Nieves, Puerto Rican professional baseball outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1973-04-02 Roselyn Sanchez, Puerto Rican actress, born in San Juan
  • 1974-04-18 Millie Corretjer, Puerto Rican singer (De Hoy en Adelante), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Person of interestJoaquin Phoenix

1974-10-28 Joaquin Phoenix, American actor (Gladiator, Walk the Line, The Master), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • 1975-10-01 Eric Morel, Puerto Rican boxer, (WBA flyweight champion 2000-03), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1977-02-03 Daddy Yankee [Ramón Rodríguez], reggaeton singer and rapper (Despacito), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1977-09-25 Wil Nieves, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1978-04-15 Luis Fonsi [Luis López-Cepero] Puerto Rican singer-songwriter (Despacito), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1979-01-07 Mariangel Ruiz, Venezuelan actress & model, born in San Juan de los Morros, Venezuela
  • 1979-02-21 Carly "Carlito" Colón, Puerto Rican professional wrestler, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1979-02-26 Shalim Ortiz, Puerto Rican singer & actor, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1979-03-07 Ricardo Rosselló, Puerto Rican politician, Governor of Puerto Rico (2017-), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1983-01-20 Geovany Soto, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1984-08-01 Valery Ortiz, Puerto Rican actress (Hit the Floor), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Person of interestOzuna

1992-03-13 Ozuna [Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado], Puerto Rican singer (Odisea), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Singer Ozuna
Singer
Ozuna

Famous Weddings

  • 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
  • 2006-10-14 Merengue singer Melina Leon (33) weds Ruy Fernando Delgado at La Iglesia Metodista Universitaria in San Juan, 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