The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
: Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico
) is a archipelago located east of the Dominican Republic
in the northeastern Caribbean
. Puerto Rico, the smallest of the Greater Antilles
, includes the main island of Puerto Rico
and a number of smaller islands and keys
, including the populated island-municipalities of Vieques
, as well as unpopulated Mona
island, located halfway between the islands of Puerto Rico and Hispaniola
The nature of Puerto Rico's political relationship with the United States is the subject of ongoing debate on and off the island. Those who support maintaining the current formula insist that upon attaining this status, Puerto Rico entered into a voluntary association with the U.S. "in the nature of a compact", but opponents of the Commonwealth status, disagree: according to them, Puerto Rico is no more than an unincorporated organized territory of the U.S., subject to the plenary powers of the United States Congress.
Nutrition Assistance for Puerto Rico
is a federal assistance
nutritional program provided by the US Department of Agriculture
(USDA) solely to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
, a territory of the United States
. It provides over $1.5 billion in supplemental economic resources to just over 1 million impoverished residents to cope with their nutritional needs. The program is commonly known in Puerto Rico as Programa de Asistencia Nutricional
, or Cupones
, and is based on, though not directly part of the USDA’s national Food Stamp Program
Since its inception in 1982, the program has been providing low-income families living in Puerto Rico with cash benefits used for food purchases. Although the methods of providing such benefits have changed over the years, its basic objective of helping low-income families meet their nutritional needs has remained constant. It has, however, been controversial throughout its existence, attracting both criticism and advocacy from Puerto Rico and the United States. (more...)
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Selected anniversaries for April
- April 2, 1900 - The Foraker Act is signed into law, establishing a civilian yet democratically-limited government.
- April 3, 2005 - Death of Tony Croatto, Italian-Puerto Rican singer and composer (b. 1940 or 1939)
- April 5, 1944 - Birth of Pedro Rosselló, sixth Governor of Puerto Rico
- April 6, 1897 - Birth of Jesus T. Piñero, first native Governor of Puerto Rico (d. 1952)
- April 7, 1838 - The Municipality of Ceiba is founded.
- April 7, 2004 - Death of Victor Argo, actor (b. 1934)
- April 8, 1827 - Birth of Ramón Emeterio Betances, main leader of the Grito de Lares and father of the Puerto Rican independence movement. (d. 1898)
- April 10, 1874 - The Municipality of Maricao is founded.
- April 12, 1848 - Birth of José Gautier Benítez, famous poet (d. 1880)
- April 12, 1929 - Birth of Luis Vigoreaux, radio and television show host, announcer, comedian and producer (d. 1983)
- April 12, 1935 - Birth of Baltasar Corrada del Río, former Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico
- April 12, 1944 - Birth of Federico Hernández Denton, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico
- April 12, 1958 - The first Puerto Rican Day Parade is held in New York City
- April 12, 1968 - Plaza Las Américas opened to the public
- April 12, 1975 - Death of Tomas Blanco, writer and historian (b. 1897)
- April 13, 1967 - Birth of Olga Tañón, two-time Grammy Award and three-time Latin Grammy-winning Merengue & Latin Pop artist
- April 15, 1868 - Birth of Antonio R. Barceló, politician and father of Governor Carlos Romero Barceló (d. 1938)
- April 16, 1866 - Birth of José de Diego, statesman, journalist, poet and advocate for Puerto Rico's independence from Spain (d. 1918)
- April 17, 1921 - Birth of Graciela Rivera, singer
- April 17, 1955 - Birth of Roberto Clemente, first hyspanic baseball player to be inducted to Mayor League Baseball's Hall of Fame (d. 1972)
- April 18, 1873 - Birth of Ana Roque, one of the founders of the University of Puerto Rico (d. 1933)
- April 21, 1927 - Birth of José Miguel Agrelot, Puerto Rican comedian, radio and television host and media icon known for his Don Cholito character (d. 2004)
- April 24, 1898 - Birth of Ernesto Ramos Antonini, co-founder of the Partido Popular Democrático de Puerto Rico (Popular Democratic Party of Puerto Rico) (d. 1963)
- April 24, 1977 - Birth of Carlos Beltrán, Mayor League Baseball outfielder
- April 26, 1827 - The Municipality of Lares is founded.
- April 26, 1933 - Birth of Filiberto Ojeda Ríos (d. 2005)
- April 28, 1950 - Birth of Willie Colón, salsa musician
- ...that Telemundo, the second largest Spanish language television station in the United States, was founded by Angel Ramos in Puerto Rico?
- ...that Brigadier General Antonio Maldonado, in 1965 became the youngest person to pilot a B-52 aircraft?
- ...that world renowned religious minister and member of the Honorary Committee of The Presidential Prayer Team, Rev. Nicky Cruz was once the leader of a notorious New York City street gang called The Mau Maus?
- ...that Carlos Beltrán has the smallest ratio of at-bats between home-runs in playoff contention in Major League Baseball's history with a total of eleven home-runs in twenty two games, and that he also holds the record of five consecutive playoff games with a home-run?
- September 8, 2011: The US Justice Department issues a report decrying systematic civil rights abuse by the Puerto Rico Police Department, including illegal searches, use of excessive force, and corruption, sparking a wide call for action from the public and an announcement of reform by Gov. Luis Fortuño.
- August 21, 2011: Tropical storm Irene passes through Puerto Rico and its surrounding islands while becoming a hurricane just north of San Juan, the first of the 2011 Atlantic season.
- June 29, 2011: Jose "Piculin" Ortiz, a former professional basketball player in the NBA (Utah Jazz) and the Puerto Rican Olympic team and the Superior Basketball League, is arrested for drug-related charges.
- June 12, 2011: In professional basketball, José Juan "J.J." Barea, helps the Dallas Mavericks defeat the Miami Heat (4-2) and win the 2011 NBA Championship. A national welcoming party is held in his honor in Puerto Rico.
Ramón (Raymond) Ayala
(born February 3, 1977 in San Juan, Puerto Rico
), known artistically as Daddy Yankee
, is a Latin Grammy Award
-winning Puerto Rican reggaeton
recording artist. Ayala was born in Río Piedras
the largest district of San Juan, where he became interested in music at a young age. After receiving lessons from several artists within the genre, he developed an independent career, first recording in a production titled Playero 37
. After this he began to produce independent albums. His first solo album was No Mercy
. He subsequently formed a duo with Nicky Jam
, and then continued his solo career with the releases of El Cartel
and El Cartel II
. In 2002 El Cangri.com
became Ayala's first album with international success, receiving coverage in the markets of New York
. Barrio Fino
was released in 2004, and the album received numerous awards, including a Premio Lo Nuestro
and a Latin Billboard, as well as receiving nominations for the Latin Grammy and MTV Video Music Awards
. Barrio Fino
performed well in the sales charts of the United States
, Latin America
, and Japan
. On June 5, 2007, El Cartel Records
released El Cartel: The Big Boss
, which was ranked as the top-selling album in Latin music genres in 2007. He promoted the album with an international tour which began in the United States and continued through Latin America, breaking attendance records in Ecuador
. His performances have appeared on more than 70 albums, including compilations such as Mas Flow 2
and Blin Blin Vol. 1
If you want to sell your vote, go ahead; it's a free country. But be sure you get something for it... You can't get both justice and the two dollars.
—Luis Muñoz Marín, first elected Governor of Puerto Rico, commenting on Puerto Rican jíbaros accepting $2 bribes for their votes, quoted by TIME Magazine on March 31, 1941.
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