Caracas in History

Historical Events

  • 1567-07-25 Don Diego de Losada founds the city of Santiago de Leon de Caracas, modern-day Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela

Historic Event

1800-11-24 Naturalists Alexander von Humboldt and Aimé Bonpland depart Caracas for Cuba where they meet fellow botanist John Fraser

  • 1810-04-19 Venezuela achieves home rule: Vicente Emparan, Governor of the Captaincy General is removed by the people of Caracas and a Junta is installed.
  • 1810-04-20 The Governors of Caracas declares the national sovereignty from Spain

Massive Earthquake in Caracas, Venezuela

1812-03-26 Earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale destroys 90% of Caracas, Venezuela and kills an estimated 15,000–20,000 people

  • 1821-06-24 Battle of Carabobo; Bolívar defeats royalists outside Caracas
  • 1950-11-13 General Carlos Delgado Chalbaud, President of Venezuela, is assassinated in Caracas

Nixon Attacked in Venezuela

1958-05-13 The motorcade carrying US Vice President Richard Nixon is attacked in Caracas, Venezuela; several of Nixon's staff are injured

  • 1967-07-29 Moderate quake (6.5) strikes Caracas Venezuela causing severe damage
  • 1970-12-09 OPEC meeting in Caracas establishes 55 percent as minimum tax rate and demands that posted prices be changed to reflect changes in foreign exchange rates

Boxing Title Fight

1974-03-26 George Foreman TKOs Ken Norton in 2 for heavyweight boxing title in Caracas, Venezuela

  • 1993-09-28 Gas field in Caracas explodes, 53 killed
  • 2012-08-20 20 people are killed in a riot in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 2017-04-08 Fifth day of protests by thousands in Caracas, Venezuela against the government
  • 2017-06-26 Helicopter with rogue police pilot attacks Venezuelan Supreme Court in Caracas
  • 2019-03-25 Further power blackouts in Caracas, Venezuela, prompt government to tell workers and students to stay at home

Famous Birthdays

  • 1750-03-28 Francisco de Miranda, Venezuelan freedom fighter, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1816)
  • 1760-04-12 Juan Manuel Olivares, Venezuelan composer, born in Caracas (d. 1797)
  • 1775-08-02 Jose Angel Lamas, Venezuelan composer, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1814)

Simón Bolívar

1783-07-24 Simón Bolívar, Venezuelan political and military leader (freed 6 Latin American republics from Spanish rule), born in Caracas (d. 1830)

  • 1853-12-22 Maria Teresa Carreno, Venezuelan pianist, singer, composer, and conductor, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1917)
  • 1874-08-09 Reynaldo Hahn, Venezuelan-French singer, composer, conductor, and music critic, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1947)
  • 1884-08-02 Rómulo Gallegos, 48th President of Venezuela (1948), born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1969)
  • 1896-08-02 Lorenzo Herrera, Venezuelan singer and composer, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1960)
  • 1898-07-19 Juan Bautista Plaza, Venezuelan composer, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1965)
  • 1920-10-29 Baruj Benacerraf, Venezuelan-American immunologist (Nobel 1980 - discovery of genes that regulate immune responses and of the role that some of these genes play in autoimmune diseases), born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 2011)
  • 1928-01-23 Chico Carrasquel, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 2005)
  • 1938-06-14 Gustavo Ávila, Venezuelan jockey (Kentucky Derby/Preakness 1971), born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1941-09-14 Alberto Naranjo, Venezuelan jazz drummer, composer and arranger, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 2020)
  • 1943-01-14 Jose Luis Rodriguez, Venezuelan singer (Dueno De Nada), born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1945-04-13 Carlos Giménez, Argentine-Venezuelan stage director and arts promoter (co-founder of International Theater Festival of Caracas, 1971), born in Rosario, Argentina (d. 1993)
  • 1954-01-23 Franco De Vita, Venezuelan spanish singer (Extranjero), born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1961-06-18 Andres Galarraga, Venezuelan infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Caracas

Nicolás Maduro

1962-11-23 Nicolás Maduro, Venezuelan politician, President of Venezuela (2013-present), born in Caracas, Venezuela

  • 1964-01-06 Rafael Vidal, Venezuelan athlete, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 2005)
  • 1966-01-06 Fernando Carrillo, Venezuelan actor, born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1967-04-24 Omar Vizquel, Venezuelan shortstop (Seattle Mariners, Indians), born in Caracas
  • 1970-05-10 Gabriela Montero, Venezuelan-American pianist, born in Caracas, Venezuala
  • 1971-08-29 Henry Blanco, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1974-02-15 Ugueth Urbina, Venezuelan pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1974-05-24 Maria Alejandra Vento, Venezuelan tennis star (1995 Futures-Braz), born in Caracas
  • 1976-09-09 Juan A. Baptista, Venezuelan actor, born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1977-10-12 Javier Toyo, Venezuelan football goalkeeper (Venezuela national football team), born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1978-05-05 Santiago Cabrera, Venezuelan-Chilean-British actor (Isaac Mendez - Heroes), born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1982-01-07 Francisco Rodriguez, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1993-10-08 Garbiñe Muguruza, Spanish tennis player (French Open 2016, Wimbledon 2017; WTA Finals 2021), born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1996-06-25 Lele Pons, Venezuelan-American internet personality (Vine, YouTube), born in Caracas, Venezuela

Famous Deaths

  • 1993-03-27 Carlos Gimenez, Argentine-Venezuelan director (Theater Festival of Caracas), dies at 47