The Women of Mexico’s Independence Story

The Women of Mexican Independence

The women of Mexico’s independence story are many. History texts record a few names and leave out far too many details. However, scholars, researchers, journalists and information seekers of the 21st century are making strides to uncover the untold stories of many of the world’s heroines. On September 16, 2020 Mexico celebrates 210 years of […]

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Mexico Celebrates 209 Years of Independence

El Grito de Dolores was pronounced by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla

September 16 marks the anniversary of independence for Los Estados Unidos de México. Every year, celebrations begin on the night of September 15, when hundreds of thousands gather in the Zócalo at the Plaza de la Constitución for the President’s Grito. The Grito is followed by the singing of the national anthem and fireworks. Last […]

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August 9: International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

What is International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples? It’s a day to celebrate, promote and protect the rights of Indigenous People’s around the world. August 9 was chosen as it was on that day in 1982 a United Nations Working Group first met to discuss the situation of Indigenous Peoples. In keeping with UNESCO’s […]

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This Day in History: The Cuban Missile Crisis

The Cuban Missile Crisis began on October 15, 1962 with the US discovery of the USSR’s building of medium-range missile sites in Cuba.  The resulting stand-off between the world’s two opposing super powers would not end until November of the same year.   On October 22, 1962, President John. F. Kennedy announced, in a televised speech […]

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How did Mexico win its independence?

Hidalgo and Mexican Independence

Mexican Independence Day celebrations begin at 11:00 p.m. on the night of September 15.  The sitting President of Mexico reenacts the Grito de Dolores from the balcony of the National Palace in Mexico City.  The President even rings the very same bell that was rung by Padre Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla as part of his […]

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Today in History: July 26th Movement is formed

August 8, 1955 Fidel Castro forms the “26th of July Movement“, the Cuban revolutionary organization that would dominate the face of Cuban history for more than half a century. July 26, 1953 was the date on which a small group of revolutionaries, led by Fidel Castro, attacked the military Moncada Barracks in Santiago de Cuba.  The […]

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Today in History: Zoot Suit Riots Begin

  June 3, 1943:  A group of 50-60 from the Los Angeles Naval Reserve Armory attacked anyone perceived to be Hispanic, starting the week-long Zoot Suit Riots.   What is a Zoot Suit? A man’s suit of an exaggerated style, characterized by a long, loose jacket with padded shoulders and high-waisted tapering trousers, popular in […]

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Today in History: Mount Pelée erupts in Martinique

  In the Caribbean, on the French island colony of Martinique, there is a town by the name of Saint Pierre.  This town was once dubbed the “Paris of the Caribbean” and was seen as culturally superior to the island’s capital Fort-de-France. St. Pierre lay in the shadow of the massive volcano, Mount Pelée.  Most believed the […]

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Today in History: Construction on the Panama Canal begins

  Construction actually began on the Panama Canal in the 1880s, under the guidance of a French construction team.  In those days, Panama was still a part of Colombia.  After The War of a Thousand Days between the Liberals and Conservatives of Colombia, Panama, with assistance from the United States, emerged as an independent nation. […]

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Cinco de Mayo History: The Real Story

Cinco de Mayo History: A tale of the Mexicans, the French and the Austrian Archduke. Every year, many in the US look forward to celebrating Cinco de Mayo. There are beers, tequila, margaritas and food galore.  There are parties celebrated in homes and in bars, on the streets and in squares. But what is Cinco de […]

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