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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Naturalist and Explorer Alexander von Humboldt
Naturalist and Explorer
Alexander von Humboldt
  • 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

/flags/venezuelaMassive 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
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  • 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
  • 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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • 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

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)

Person of interestSimón Bolívar

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

Military and Political Leader Simón Bolívar
Military and Political Leader
Simón Bolívar
  • 1943-01-14 Jose Luis Rodriguez, Venezuelan singer (Dueno De Nada), born in Caracas
  • 1945-04-13 Carlos Gimenez, Argentine/Venezuelan founder (Theater festival of Caracas)
  • 1954-01-23 Franco De Vita, Venezuelan spanish singer (Extranjero), born in Caracas
  • 1961-06-18 Andres Galarraga, Venezuelan infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Caracas
  • 1962-11-23 Nicolás Maduro, Venezuelan politician, President of Venezuela (2013-present), 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
  • 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
  • 1993-10-08 Garbiñe Muguruza, Venezuelan-born Spanish professional tennis player (2016 French Open, 2017 Wimbledon), 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, director (Theater Festival of Caracas), dies at 47