Mexican General Santa Anna had the invading Americans right where he wanted them. The American army was moving west from Veracruz and Santa Anna found the spot on the highway he wanted to defend. Arriving first, he placed his artillery and men in a textbook defensive position at Cerro Gordo. He didn't count on one thing: the Americans' secret weapon, Captain Robert E. Lee.
Sure, we all love Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow and Robert Newton as Long John Silver. But there's no need to turn to these movie pirates: the real-life Pirates of the Caribbean were much more interesting!
On April 10, 1548, Gonzalo Pizarro's ill-fated rebellion against the Spanish crown came to an end when he was executed for treason. It's a footnote of history now, but the legendary conquistador - and brother of Francisco Pizarro - came close to liberating Peru from the Spanish 300 years early.
On April 9, 1948, popular presidential candidate Jorge Eliecer Gaitan was assassinated in the street in Bogota, Colombia. The people of the city went berserk, igniting a riot of legendary proportions remembered today as the "Bogotazo."