Today in History, April 10th, 1919
The famous Mexican revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata is ambushed and killed by government forces in Morelos.
Original theatrical trailer for Juarez! (1939), an American film dramatizing the reign of Emperor Maximiliano I over Mexico and Benito Juárez’ fight to reestablish a democratic government in the country.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities in Puerto Rico announced Wednesday they are investigating why a glowing bay that attracts thousands of tourists a year has grown dark in recent weeks.
The popular Mosquito Bay on the island of Vieques is considered one of Puerto Rico’s top attractions, and government officials say they are worried about the bay’s loss of bioluminescence.
Department of Natural Resources Secretary Carmen Guerrero said she is reaching out to local and international scientists to launch an investigation.
"Puerto Rico is one of the few places in the world that has bioluminescent bodies of water," she said.
The bay’s waters glow thanks to microscopic plankton known as dinoflagellates that emit a blue-green light through a chemical reaction when disturbed. The bay went dark in early January because of rough seas, but Guerrero said it is unclear why the glow diminished again in recent weeks.
María Félix 8 de abril, 1914 - 8 de abril, 2002
Una mujer original no es aquella que no imita a nadie, sino aquella a la que nadie puede imitar.
100 years since this beautiful lady was born
"What was transformative was being at the inauguration, reading my poem, and realizing that the quest for home and identity had always been part of my work, but that I’d been home all along. I understood that my story, my mother’s story, the story of those hundreds of thousands of people up there, is America. I had the dawning of a new connection with America, a new love affair. Not a blind patriotism, but just an understanding that it is part of who I am."
ECUADOR, Baños : The Tungurahua volcano erupting is seen from Banos, Ecuador on April 4, 2014. The Tungurahua volcano, which has been in eruption since 1999, experienced a heightening of its seismic activity. AFP PHOTO / ANDRES REYES
The early days of the War of the Pacific, as reported in the New York Times on April 15, 1879.
Today’s top item in Book News: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Latin America’s most prominent living novelist, has been hospitalized in Mexico City for a lung and urinary tract infection, Mexican health officials told The Associated Press. Author of masterpieces such as One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, Marquez won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982 “for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent’s life and conflicts.”
Also today: A lost book by historian Will Durant will be published this December, plus new work from Anne Tyler and Kazuo Ishiguro — and Cara Hoffman has an editorial on the harm done when women are left out of combat narratives.
Queen Maria II of Portugal, born April 4, 1819 in Rio de Janeiro, is the only European monarch to be born in Latin America. She was the daughter of Pedro de Alcântara (who was himself the son of the King João VI of Portugal) and his first wife Maria Leopoldina, Archduchess of Austria. Her father would go on to crown himself Emperor of Brazil upon the country’s independence from Portugal in 1822, only to abdicate nine years later. Maria II served as queen of Portugal on two separate occasions, from 1826 to 1828 and again from 1834 to 1853, before dying during childbirth at age 34.