Happy Birthday Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa. ¡Azúcar!

October 21, 1925 (Mon in 2019); Cuban music ~ Úrsula Hilaria Celia Caridad Cruz Alfonso was born in Havana, Cuba ~ Celia helped popularize Latin music around the world

Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
ATLANTA, Georgia ~ The African-American civil rights leader was born on January 15, 1929. His holiday this year is Monday, January 20, 2020.

Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian Nobel Prize winning author

ARACATACA, COLOMBIA; Mar 6, 1927; Colombian author ~ Magical realism is considered a literary construct, but for many of us expresses the real magic in our lives. “It is life, more than death, that has no limits” (‘Love in the Time of Cholera,’ 1985)

Happy Birthday “Evita” Eva Perón, icon of Argentina

LOS TOLDOS, ARGENTINA | May 7, 1919 (Tue in 2019) | Eva rose from poverty to become an actress, radio personality, master of public relations and first lady of Argentina

Celebrate César Chávez Day, the labor leader’s birthday

MARCH 31, 1927 (Tue in 2020); Latin hero; The great Mexican-American union and civil rights leader was born in Yuma, Arizona

Dizzy Gillespie

OCTOBER 21, 1917 ~ John Birks Gillespie was born in Cheraw, South Carolina. Dizzy helped create bebop and modern jazz. Dizzy asked Machito’s arranger Mario Bauzá for a conga player and got introduced to Chano Pozo. Their collaboration produced classics like “Manteca” and “Tin Tin Deo,” and brought Latin rhythm back to the forefront of jazz.

Carlos Gardel, Argentine icon, Latin movie idol, International Day of Tango

DECEMBER 11 (2019, Wed) ~ Charles Romuald Gardès, who gained fame in Argentina as the iconic tango singer and second Latin movie idol, was born in Toulouse, France in 1890