Famous Boricuas

Famous Boricuas
Arturo Alfonso Schomburg

Arturo Alfonso Schomburg

Arturo Alfon­so Schom­burg, also known as Arthur Schom­burg, (Jan­u­ary 24, 1874 –June 8, 1938), was a Puer­to Rican his­to­ri­an, writer, and activist in the Unit­ed States who researched and raised aware­ness of the great con­tri­bu­tions that Afro-Latin Amer­i­cans and…

Javier Vazquez

Javier Vazquez

From Wikipedia, the free ency­clo­pe­dia Javier Car­los Vázquez (born July 25, 1976) is a for­mer Major League Base­ball start­ing pitch­er. Pre­vi­ous­ly, he pitched for the Flori­da Mar­lins (2011), Atlanta Braves (2009), Chica­go White Sox (2006–2008), Ari­zona Dia­mond­backs…

Juan R. Cruz

Juan R. Cruz

Dr. Juan R. Cruz, Ph.D., is a Puer­to Rican sci­en­tist who played an instru­men­tal role in the design and devel­op­ment of the Mars Explo­ration Rover (MER)Parachute. Ear­ly years Cruz, who was born and raised in Puer­to Rico, holds a Ph.D. from Vir­ginia Tech, and an S.B.…

Diego E. Hernandez

Vice Admi­ral Diego E. Her­nan­dez, is a retired Unit­ed States Navy offi­cer, who was the first His­pan­ic to be named Vice Com­man­der, North Amer­i­can Aero­space Defense Com­mand (NORAD). Named Diego Her­nan­dez San­fe­liz, was born in 1930 and raised in San Juan, Puer­to Rico.  He…

Nydia Velazquez

Nydia Velazquez

Nydia Velazquez Nydia Mar­gari­ta Velazquez was born March 28, 1953 in Yacuboa, Puer­to Rico.  She is a politi­cian who has rep­re­sent­ed New York’s 12th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict in the Unit­ed States House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives since 1993.  She was the first Puer­to…

Jose A. Cabranes

José A. Cabranes was appoint­ed a Judge of the Unit­ed States Court of Appeals for the Sec­ond Cir­cuit in 1994. At the time of his appoint­ment, he was Chief Judge of the Unit­ed States Dis­trict Court for the Dis­trict of Con­necti­cut, a court to which he was appoint­ed in…

Antonia Novello

Anto­nia Coel­lo Nov­el­lo (born August 23, 1944) is a Puer­to Rican physi­cian and pub­lic health admin­is­tra­tor. She was a vice admi­ral in the Pub­lic Health Ser­vice Com­mis­sioned Corps and served as four­teenth Sur­geon Gen­er­al of the Unit­ed States from 1990 to 1993. Nov­el­lo…

Samuel A. Ramirez

Ramirez’s par­ents moved from Puer­to Rico to New York City in the late 1920s in search of a bet­ter way of life. They moved to Span­ish Harlem where Ramirez was raised and edu­cat­ed. His father worked at the Brook­lyn Navy Yard and his moth­er was a seam­stress. After he…

Daniel Santos

Daniel Santos

From Wikipedia, the free ency­clo­pe­dia Daniel San­tos (Feb­ru­ary 5, 1916 – Novem­ber 27, 1992) was a singer and com­pos­er of boleros, and an over­all per­former of mul­ti­ple Caribbean music gen­res, includ­ing guaracha, ple­na and rum­ba. Over the course of his career he adopt­ed…

Myrta Silva

Myr­ta Sil­va (Sep­tem­ber 11, 1917December 2, 1987) was a Puer­to Rican singer, com­pos­er and T.V. pro­duc­er. She was known affec­tion­ate­ly as “La Gor­da De Oro”. Sil­va worked in a cabaret when she was “dis­cov­ered” and offered a 10 year con­tract by “RCA”. In the late 1930s,…

Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor

The Demo­c­ra­t­ic-led Sen­ate has vot­ed to con­firm Sonia Sotomay­or, who is now poised to be sworn in as the nation’s first His­pan­ic (PUERTO RICAN)  Supreme Court jus­tice. On April 30, 2009, it was report­ed that Supreme Court Jus­tice David Souter would retire.   Sonia…

Tito Puente

From Wikipedia, the free ency­clo­pe­dia Tito Puente  Birth name Ernesto Anto­nio Puente.  Also known as “El Rey de los Tim­bales”, The King of Latin Music Born April 20, 1923 New York City Died June 1, 2000 (aged 77) New York City Gen­res Afro-Cuban jazz, mam­bo, sal­sa,…

Audrey Puente

Audrey Puente

Audrey Puente (born March 3, 1970) is a mete­o­rol­o­gist for WWOR-TV in New York City. She is the daugh­ter of leg­endary Latin per­cus­sion­ist Tito Puente and the sis­ter of musi­cian Tito Puente, Jr. Puente suc­ceed­ed WWOR vet­er­an mete­o­rol­o­gist Storm Field in Jan­u­ary 2007 as…

Jose “Chequi” Torres

Jose “Chequi” Torres

Jose  Tor­res (May 3, 1936 ( Jan­u­ary 19, 2009),  known as “Chegui”,  was a Puer­to Rican pro­fes­sion­al box­er.   As an ama­teur box­er, Tor­res won a sil­ver medal in the junior mid­dleweight at the 1956 Olympic games in Mel­bourne. In 1965, he defeat­ed…

Orlando Melendez

Orlando Melendez

Orlan­do Melen­dez a.k.a. “El Gato” (The Cat) (born Feb­ru­ary 14, 1979), is the first Puer­to Rican-born bas­ket­ball play­er ever to play for the Harlem Glo­be­trot­ters. Ear­ly years Melen­dez was born in the City of Ponce, but lived and was raised in the town of Jua­na Díaz,…

José Ferrer

José Ferrer

From Wikipedia, the free ency­clo­pe­dia José Vicente Fer­rer de Otero y Cin­trón (Jan­u­ary 8, 1912 – Jan­u­ary 26, 1992), best known as José Fer­rer, was a Puer­to Rican actor, the­ater, and film direc­tor. He was the first Puer­to Rican, as well as the first white His­pan­ic…

Roberto Clemente

From Wikipedia, the free ency­clo­pe­dia Rober­to Clemente Walk­er (August 18, 1934 – Decem­ber 31, 1972) was a Puer­to Rican pro­fes­sion­al base­ball play­er. He was a Major League Base­ball right field­er who played 18 sea­sons for the Pitts­burgh Pirates from 1955 through 1972.…

Joseph Michael Acaba

From Wikipedia, the free ency­clo­pe­dia Joseph Michael “Joe” Aca­ba (born May 17, 1967) is an edu­ca­tor, hydro­ge­ol­o­gist, and NASA astro­naut. In May 2004 he became the first per­son of Puer­to Rican her­itage to be named as a NASA astro­naut can­di­date, when he was select­ed as…

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