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Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 102

1519-08-15 - Panama City founded
1624-05-03 - Spanish silver fleet sails to Panama
1671-01-18 - Pirate Henry Morgan defeats Spanish defenders, captures Panama
1671-01-27 - Pirate Henry Morgen lands at Panama City
1698-07-14 - The Darien scheme begins with five ships, bearing about 1,200 people, departing Leith for the Isthmus of Panama.
1821-11-28 - Panama declares independence from Spain
Pirate Henry MorganPirate Henry Morgan 1826-03-14 - General Congress of South American States assembles at Panama
1848-12-26 - 1st gold seekers arrive in Panama en route to SF
1855-01-28 - The first locomotive runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean on the Panama Railway.
1873-05-07 - US marines attack Panama
1879-08-17 - Ferdinand de Lesseps forms French Panama Canal Company
1880-01-01 - Building of Panama Canal, begins
1881-02-24 - De Lesseps' Co begins work on Panama Canal
1888-12-11 - French Panama Canal Company fails
1900-02-05 - The United States and the United Kingdom sign treaty for Panama Canal
1902-06-28 - US buys concession to build Panama canal from French for $40 million
1903-11-03 - Colombia grants independence to Panama
1903-11-06 - USA recognizes independence of Panama
1903-11-18 - Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty gives US exclusive canal rights in Panama
1904-02-23 - US acquired control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million
26th US President Theodore Roosevelt26th US President Theodore Roosevelt 1904-02-29 - Theodore Roosevelt, appoints 7-man Panama Canal Commission to proceed with completing a canal at the Isthmus
1904-05-04 - Construction begins by the United States on the Panama Canal.
1904-11-18 - General Esteban Huertas steps down after the government of Panama fears he wants to stage a coup.
1906-11-09 - Theodore Roosevelt is 1st US President to visit other countries (Puerto Rico and Panama)
1906-11-14 - President Theodore Roosevelt visits Panama
1908-05-01 - World's most intense shower (2.47" in 3 minutes) at Portobelo, Panama
1909-01-05 - Colombia recognizes Panama's independence
1909-08-24 - Workers start pouring concrete for Panama Canal
1911-01-31 - Congress names SF as Panama Canal opening celebration site
1913-04-26 - Panama-Pacific International Exposition opens in SF
1913-10-10 - Gamboa Dam in Panama blown up; Atlantic & Pacific waters mix
1914-01-07 - 1st steamboat passes through Panama Canal
1914-04-08 - US & Colombia sign a treaty concerning Panama Canal Zone
1914-08-03 - 1st seaworthy ship through Panama Canal
1914-08-15 - Panama Canal opens (under cost)
1914-08-29 - Arizonian is 1st vessel to arrive in SF via Panama Canal
1914-11-17 - US declares Panama Canal Zone neutral
1915-01-16 - Congress authorizes $1 & $50 Panama-Pacific Intl Expo gold coin
1915-02-20 - Panama-Pacific International Exposition opens in SF
1915-06-15 - US government mints 1st $50 gold pieces, for Panama Pacific Expo
1915-12-04 - Panama Pacific International Exposition opens
1926-07-28 - US & Panamanian pact about safeguard of Panama Canal
1930-04-04 - The Communist Party of Panama is founded.
1930-11-09 - 1st nonstop airplane flight from NY to Panama
32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt 1934-07-11 - FDR became 1st US president to travel through Panama Canal
1940-10-30 - Cole Porters musical "Panama hattie," premieres in NYC
1941-10-09 - A coup in Panama declares Ricardo Adolfo de la Guardia Arango the new president.
1946-03-01 - Panama accepts its new constitution
1948-06-19 - Panama & Costa Rica recognize Israel
1953-07-07 - Che Guevara sets out on a trip through Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador.
1953-12-15 - WJHG TV channel 7 in Panama City, FL (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
1955-01-02 - Panamanian president Jose Antonio Remon is assassinated.
Argentine Revolutionary Che GuevaraArgentine Revolutionary Che Guevara 1955-01-03 - Jose Ramon Guizado becomes president of Panama
1955-01-25 - US & Panama sign canal treaty
1955-11-21 - Argentina asks Panama for return of ex-president Peron
1959-04-26 - Cuba invades Panama
1964-01-09 - Anti-US rioting broke out in Panama Canal Zone
1964-01-10 - Panama severs diplomatic relations with US
1964-01-11 - Panama ends diplomatic relations with US
1964-04-03 - US & Panama agree to resume diplomatic relations
1968-10-11 - Panama revolts
1970-01-21 - PanAm Boeing 747 1st flight NY-London
1971-05-24 - A commuter bus plunges into Panama Canal, killing 38 of 43 aboard
1972-10-11 - Panama adopts constitution
1974-12-31 - Gold legal in US, Franklin Mint strikes Panama's Gold 100 balboa coin
1976-05-03 - Panama 747SP lands after record flight around world (46:26)
1977-08-10 - US & Panamana sign Panama Canal Zone accord
1977-09-07 - Pres Carter & Gen Herrera sign Panama Canal treaties
1977-10-23 - Panamanians vote 2:1 to approve new Canal treaties
1977-10-30 - Panama 747SP lands after polar flight around Earth in record 54:07
1978-03-16 - US Senate accepts Panama Canal treaty
1978-04-18 - Senate votes to turn Panama Canal over to Panama on Dec 31, 1999
1978-10-11 - Aristides Royo elected president of Panama
1979-10-01 - US returns Canal Zone to Panama after 75 years (but not the canal)
1979-10-10 - Panama assumes sovereignty over Canal Area (ie Canal Zone)
1979-12-15 - Deposed Shah of Iran leaves US for Panama
1981-10-01 - J Chodorov/N Panama's "Talent for Murder," premieres in London
1982-04-01 - US formally transfers Canal Zone to Panama
1983-08-12 - General Manuel A Noriega becomes commander of Panamanian army
1988-02-04 - Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega indicted on drug charges
1988-02-05 - Panamanian Gen Manuel Noriega indicted by US grand jury for drugs
1988-04-09 - US imposes economic sanctions on Panama
1989-05-07 - Panamanian voters reject dictator Manuel Noriega's bid for presidency
US President George H. W. BushUS President George H. W. Bush 1989-05-11 - President Bush orders nearly 2,000 troops to Panama
1989-10-03 - Panamanian Defense Force attempted coup of Manuel Noriega fails
1989-12-20 - US troops invade Panama & oust Manuel Noriega, but don't catch him
1989-12-24 - Panama's dictator, Manual Noriega, seeks asylum at Vatican embassy
1990-01-03 - Panama's leader Gen Manuel Noriega surrenders to US authorities
1990-01-25 - Former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega is transferred to a Miami jail
1991-04-22 - Earthquake strikes Costa Rica & Panama, kills 95
1991-05-15 - Defense releases docs claiming Noriega is "CIA's man in Panama"
1991-09-05 - US trial of former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega begins
1991-09-16 - US trial of Panamanian leader Noriega begins
1992-04-09 - US Fed court finds Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega guilty of drugs
1993-08-28 - Long Beach California beats Panama for little league world championship
1994-05-08 - Ernesto Perez Balladares elected president of Panama
1994-07-19 - Bomb explosion in Alas Airlines at Colon Panama, 21 killed
1996-06-08 - Panama becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
1996-09-16 - Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Panama City FL on WTBB 97.7 FM
1999-05-02 - Panamanian election, 1999: Mireya Moscoso becomes the first woman to be elected President of Panama.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 36 of 36

1858-06-29 - George Washington Goethals, engineer (built Panama Canal)
1860-07-26 - Philippe J Bunau-Varilla, French engineer (Colombia-Panama)
1899-10-20 - Evelyn Brent, Tampa FL, actress (Panama Lady, Last Coomand)
1901-08-15 - Arias Arnulfo, 3 time president of Panama (1940-41, 49-51, 68)
1904-05-30 - Ernesto de la Guardia Jr, President of Panama (1956-60)
1907-08-03 - Adrienne Ames, Fort Worth TX, actress (Death Kiss, Panama Patrol)
1909-05-30 - George Headley, cricketer, Panama (all-time great WI batsman)
1914-04-21 - Norman Panama, American screenwriter (d. 2003)
1917-08-16 - Roque Cordero, Panama, composer (Sonata Breve)
1923-06-28 - Lloyd Labeach, Panama City, 100m/200m runner (Olympic-bronze-1948)
1926-05-12 - Earl Hutto, Panama City Fla, (Rep-D-FL, 1979- )
1928-11-11 - Carlos Fuentes, Panama City, Panama, author (The Death of Artemio Cruz), (d. 2012)
1929-02-13 - Omar Torrijos Herrera, president Panama
1936-05-12 - Guillermo Endara, President of Panama
1938-02-11 - Manuel Antonio Noriega, Panamanian general/dictator (-1990)
1944-05-16 - Billy Cobham, Panama, jazz artist (Same Ole Love)
1946-06-29 - Ernesto Pérez Balladares, Panamanian politician
1948-07-16 - Rubén Blades, Panamanian singer and actor
1950-11-01 - Dan Peck, Panama City Fla, rock vocalist/guitarist (America)
1951-06-16 - Roberto Durán, Panamanian boxer
1951-12-19 - Fred W Leslie, Ancon Panama, PhD/astronaut (STS 73)
1956-04-03 - Miguel Bose, Panama, spanish singer/actor (El Avaro, Queen Margot)
1960-09-28 - Tom Byrum, Onida SD, Nike golfer (1994 NIKE Panama City Beach-4th)
1963-07-18 - Martín Torrijos Espino, President of Panama
1964-10-01 - Roberto Kelly, Panama, outfielder (NY Yanks, Cin Reds, Minnesota Twins)
1967-03-12 - Julio Dely Valdes, Panamanian footballer
1969-01-13 - Orlando Miller, Changionola Panama, infielder (Houston Astros)
1969-11-29 - Mariano Rivera, Panama City Panama, pitcher (NY Yankees)
1970-01-23 - Sherman Obando, Changuinola Panama, outfielder (Montreal Expos)
1971-03-15 - Reyna Royo, Miss Universe-Panama (1996)
1972-06-15 - Ramiro Mendoza, Los Santos Panama, pitcher (NY Yankees)
1976-06-20 - Carlos Lee, Panamanian baseball player
1976-08-22 - Lia Victoria Borrero, Miss Panama Universe (1997)
1980-04-26 - Jordana Brewster, Panama, actress (Nikki Graves-As the World Turns)
1983-03-30 - Davis Romero, Panamanian baseball player
1987-12-18 - Fernando Jara, Panamanian-American jockey

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 8 of 8

1936-03-19 - John Larkin IV, actor/writer (Charlie Chan in Panama), dies at 63
1955-01-02 - Jose Antonio Remon, president of Panama (1952-55), assassinated
1981-07-31 - Gen Omar Torrijos, leader of Panama, dies in plane crash
1988-08-10 - Arias Arnulfo, 3 time president of Panama, dies at 86
1993-03-15 - Ricardo M Arias Espinosa, president of Panama (1955-56), dies
2002-06-23 - Pedro 'El Rockero' Alcazar, Panamanian boxer (b. 1975)
2003-01-13 - Norman Panama, American screenwriter and director (b. 1914)
2009-09-28 - Guillermo Endara, former President of Panama (b. 1936)


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