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ABBREVIATIONS
Description: DecemberDecember 2019Description: January
TWELFTH MONTH, 31 DAYS. Decem (ten), tenth month of Roman pre-Julian calendar
 
1
Sunday
Otto Pérez Molina, Guatemalan president and military officer b. 1950
day 335
2
Monday
Fidel Castro takes office as president of Cuba 1976
week 49 day 336
3
Tuesday
Prudente de Morais, former President of Brazil d. 1912
337
4
Wednesday
Guatemalan Colonel Marco Sanchez is sentenced to 53 years in prison over forced disappearances 2009
338
5
Thursday
Christopher Columbus lands on Haiti and names it Hispaniola, or Little Spain 1492
339
6
Friday
Colombian government sends military to suppress United Fruit Company strike 1928
340
7
Saturday
Former Guatemalan president Arnoldo Aleman is sentenced to 20 years for embezzlement 2003
341
8
Sunday
Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo remarry in San Francisco 1940
342
9
Monday
Virgin of Guadalupe first appears to Juan Diego in Mexico City 1531
week 50 day 343
10
Tuesday
President of Mexico Felipe Calderon orders 6,500 troops into Michoacán, beginning the War on Drugs 2006
344
11
Wednesday
During an address to the UN, two attacks are made on Che Guevara's life 1964
345
12
Thursday
President Portillo of Guatemala pays $1.8m compensation to families killed by security forces 2001
346
13
Friday
A 24-hour strike in Argentina is held, protesting curbs on bank withdrawals 2001
347
14
Saturday
Brazil's first female president Dilma Rousseff b. 1947
348
15
Sunday
Torrential rain leads to massive landslides in Venezuela, killing over 10,000 people 1999
349
16
Monday
Earthquake with estimated magnitude of 8.5 strikes Chile 1575
week 51 day 350
17
Tuesday
North American Free Trade Agreement is signed by Mexico, the USA and Canada 1992
351
18
Wednesday
Lizmark, Mexican wrestler b. 1950
352
19
Thursday
Trotsky is put aboard the oil tanker Ruth and deported to Mexico 1936
353
20
Friday
Argentina and the UK agree to identify 123 Argentinian soldiers killed in the Falklands war 2016
354
21
Saturday
Argentinian president Fernando de la Rúa resigns after protests that leaves 25 dead 2001
355
22
Sunday
Gunmen massacre 45 innocent civilians in Chiapas State, Mexico 1997
356
23
Monday
More than two months after crashing into an Andean glacier in a plane, 16 are rescued 1972
week 52 day 357
24
Tuesday
Eighteen inmates die during a prison revolt outside Guatemala City 2002
358
25
Wednesday
The Battle of Tucapel takes place in Chile 1553
359
26
Thursday
José Yves Limantour, Mexican Secretary of Finance b. 1854
360
27
Friday
The Cave of Swallows, largest known cave shaft in the world, is discovered in Mexico 1966
361
28
Saturday
More than 2,500 Cuban prisoners are released ahead of a papal visit 2011
362
29
Sunday
The Acuerdo de Paz Firme y Duradera peace treaty is signed in Guatemala 1996
363
30
Monday
Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés takes office as the governor of ‘New Spain’ 1521
week 1 day 364
31
Tuesday
Ten people die in a plane crash soon after take off in Costa Rica 2017
365