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today’s holiday: Venezuela Declaration of Independence Day


Venezuela Declaration of Independence Day

Revolutionary struggle against Spanish rule began in Venezuela in 1810. On July 5, 1811, a group of citizens in Caracas became the first in South America to proclaim a formal declaration of independence from Spain. Forces led by Simón Bolívar assured independence in 1821. April 19 is a separate national holiday, known as Declaration of Independence Day, while July 5 is celebrated as Independence Day. More… Discuss

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Piece of Americana: Second McDonald’s Fast Food Stand: opened 1953 (my photo collection)

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  From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia History   McDonald’s corporate logo used from November 18, 1968 to 2006. It still exists at some restaurants.   The oldest operating McDonald’s restaurant was the third one built, opening in 1953. It is … Continue reading

Giant Venezuelan Christmas Dinner Claims World Records


Giant Venezuelan Christmas Dinner Claims World Records

There are still more than 30 shopping days till Christmas, but people around the globe are already getting in the holiday spirit. In Venezuela, a cook-a-thon of the country’s traditional Christmas dinner staples earned world records for the largest pan de jamon, a type of ham-filled bread, and hallaca, a tamale-like dish. The cook-a-thon is not without controversy, however, as it comes at a time when many Venezuelans are struggling with shortages of basic goods and skyrocketing inflation. More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Cubana Flight 455 Bombed (1976)


Cubana Flight 455 Bombed (1976)

The bombing of Cubana Flight 455 killed all 78 people on board, including several Cuban government officials. At that time, it constituted the most deadly act of airline terrorism ever carried out in the Western Hemisphere. An investigation uncovered evidence implicating anti-Castro Cuban exiles and members of the Venezuelan secret police in the plot. Four men were arrested: two received 20-year prison terms, one was acquitted, and another fled. How were the CIA and FBI linked to the attack? More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Simón Bolívar (1783)


Simón Bolívar (1783)

Bolívar was a South American revolutionary leader whose actions earned him the title of “El Libertador.” He defeated the Spanish in 1819, was made president of Greater Colombia—which comprised modern Colombia, Panama, Venezuela, and Ecuador—and helped liberate Peru and Bolivia. He declared himself dictator in hopes of unifying the region but was less successful at ruling countries than at liberating them, and he resigned in 1830, dying shortly thereafter. Why was Bolívar’s body exhumed in 2010? More… Discuss

THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: EARTHQUAKE DESTROYS CARACAS, VENEZUELA (1812)


Earthquake Destroys Caracas, Venezuela (1812)

Founded by the Spanish in 1567, Caracas is the capital of Venezuela, located in the northern part of the country near the Caribbean coast. In 1811, Venezuela declared its independence from Spain, but the revolution soon met difficulties. Less than a year later, Caracas was destroyed by an earthquake, hampering efforts by the patriots and prompting authorities to portray the disaster as divine punishment for those who rebelled against Spain. When were the patriots able to secure independence? More… Discuss

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Venezuela says CNN can stay, a day after saying ‘get out’ – CNN.com


Venezuela says CNN can stay, a day after saying ‘get out’ – CNN.com.

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: MANUELA SÁENZ (1797)


Manuela Sáenz (1797)

Until recently, Sáenz’s contributions to the South American independence movement were largely overlooked. For eight years, she dedicated herself to the cause—and to her lover, revolutionary leader Simón Bolívar, whom she once saved from an assassination attempt. For that, he nicknamed her Libertadora del Libertador, or Liberator of the Liberator. Bolívar’s death in 1830 left Sáenz vulnerable to his opponents, and she was exiled and left destitute. What honor was she accorded in 2010? More…Discuss

 

This Day in the Yesteryear: OIL RIG ACCIDENTALLY DRAINS LAKE PEIGNEUR (1980)


Oil Rig Accidentally Drains Lake Peigneur (1980)

When Leonce Viator, Jr., set out in his boat for a day of fishing on Louisiana‘s Lake Peigneur, he never imagined he would end up fighting for his life. But that is exactly what happened after an oil rig on the lake’s surface accidentally bored through the roof of a salt mine beneath it. Like a bathtub whose plug has been pulled, the lake began draining into the mine, creating a whirlpool that sucked in not just water but barges, trees, and acres of surrounding land. What happened to Viator?More… Discuss

 

Today’s Birthday: LUISA CÁCERES DE ARISMENDI


Luisa Cáceres de Arismendi (1799)

After Napoleon took control of Spain, Venezuelans seized the chance to revolt against Spanish rule. In 1811, Venezuela declared independence, but an earthquake in 1812 destroyed cities held by the rebels and furthered the cause of the royalists. In 1815, a pregnant Arismendi was captured—one day before her 17th birthday—by Spanish forces hoping to exert pressure on her husband, General Juan Bautista Arismendi, but she refused to renounce the revolution while imprisoned. What happened to her? More…

Inocente Carreño – Margariteña


Inocente Carreño, was born in Porlamar, Margarita Island, Venezuela, December 28, 1919.

Margariteña (1954)

Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela conducted by Maximiano Valdes

Carreño was Professor of Theory and Solmization at the José Angel Lamas Superior Music School for thirty years, and for twenty-five years was a horn player in the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra. He was the director of the Prudencio Essá School of Music founded by Antonio J. Ochoa and himself in 1970, and was Counselor Minister of the permanent delegation of Venezuela to UNESCO in Paris from 1984-1988. As a conductor, he has led most of the symphonic orchestras in Venezuela. As a musician and composer, he has received the most important distinctions granted in Venezuela.