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ILLUSTRIOUS PEOPLE

ACTORS​​

Aarón Hernández Rodríguez  Aarón Hernández Rodríguez   
(1930 - 2020) 
"Aaron Hernán"
Camargo, Chih. 
 
   
- Actor
- He was secretary of the Mexican Actors Guild in 1997
- Participated in more than 90 film, television and theater projects
- Winner of the Califa de Oro in 1999 as best performance for the soap opera "The lie" where it was his debut
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 antony quinn  Anthony Quinn 
(1915 - 2001)
Chihuahua, Chihuahua
   
- Mexican-American film actor, director and producer
- Received multiple awards, including two Oscars
- In the movie ¡Viva Zapata! (1952), he received his first Oscar for best supporting actor
- In 1956 he received his second Oscar for best supporting actor, for his role as the painter Paul Gauguin in the film El loco del pelo rojo.
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 Alma Rosa Aguirre Juarez  Alma Rosa Aguirre Juárez 
(1929- to the date)
     Cd. Juarez, Chih.  
   
   
- Actress in the golden cinema era
- Sister of Elsa Aguirre
- One of the great actresses of Mexico
- Known for the movie "El fantasma de la casa roja" 19577
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 Elsa Aguirre  Elsa Irma Aguirre Juárez
(1930- to the date) 
Chihuahua, Chih     
   
- Actress in the era of golden cinema
- Younger sister of Alma Rosa Aguirre
- In 2003 she won the Ariel de Oro for her career
- In 2005 she won the Gold Luminary Award
- Together with her sister, he participated in the pioneering science fiction film of Mexican cinema "El Sexo Fuerte"
- She acted in more than 40 movies
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 julian diaz  Julián Díaz Pavía 
(1907- 1977)
"Julián Soler" 
Jiménez, Chih.
   
- Actor and filmmaker in the golden age of Mexican cinema
- Member of the Soler dynasty
- Considered the first Galan of Mexican cinema
- The most representative film of him as an actor was "Doña Barbara""
- In 1941 he directed his first film "Me ha besado un hombre" which has had 81 different adaptations
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 luz maria aguilar actriz  Luz María Aguilar Torres
(1935- to the date)
      Ojinaga, Chih. 
   
- Actress in the era of Mexican gold cinema
- Winner of the ACE Award for Best Actress for the film "Alma de Hierro" in 2009
- Winner of the Theater Critics and Journalists Association Award in 2014 for best female co-acting in the film "The Curious Incident of the Midnight Dog""
- In 2015, her career in television series was recognized by awarding her the Tv y Novelas Award 
- Participated in more than 39 movies and more than 32 soap operas
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 manuel valdes actor  Manuel Valdés Castillo
(1931- 2020) 
Cd. Juárez, Chih. 
   
- Actor in the golden age of Mexican cinema
- Known as "El loco Valdés"
- Participated in more than 60 films and plays
- Formed successful comedy shows such as "The Loco Valdés Show", "Crazy Salad", "The Loco Valdés Hour" and "Midnight Varieties"
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 maria sorte actriz  Maria Sorte 
(1955- to the date)
Camargo, Chih. 
   
- Actress
- Outstanding telenovela actress
- Twice winner of the TV y Novelas Award for best leading actress in 1993 and 1990 "De frente al sol" and "Mi segunda madre" 
- In 2014 she received the award "La voz de Oro al Mérito Pedro Infante"
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roberto gavaldon actor  Roberto Gavaldon
(1909- 1986) 
Jiménez, Chih.
    
   
- Actor and filmmaker
- Director in the Mexican golden age
- He was one of the most respected filmmakers in Mexico
- 4 of his films were winners of the Ariel Award in at least 8 categories
- He received the Ariel Award in 10 categories for his film "La barraca" in 19455
- His award-winning films are:: La barraca, En la palma de tu mano, El niño y la niebla
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rodolfo acosta actor Rodolfo Acosta 
(1920- 1974) 
Chihuahua, Chih. 
 
- Actor in the era of golden cinema
- He specialized in villain characters
- Had a contract with Universal Pictures
- Participated in several Hollywood movies and series
- Nominated for best male co-actor at the Ariel Awards in 1948
 
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 yolanda varela Yolanda Varela
(1930- 2009) 
Hidalgo del Parral, Chih.
 
- Actress in the era of golden cinema
- Participated in some co-productions with Spain
- She studied ballet at the Institudo Nacional de Bellas Artes
- She debuted in 1946 in the movie "Recuerdos de mi valle" and in 1953 she got a main role in the tape "Dos tipos de cuidado"
- He starred in the Mexican-Spanish film shot in Berlin, "El niño y el muro" which won the special prize at the Festival de Mar del Plata 1965, and in Spain she received Carabela de Plata en el Festival de Valladolid

 

 ARTISTS

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carmen prieto c  Carmen Prieto Ruiz
Carmen Cardenal 

(1955- to the date) 
Cd. Delicias, Chih 
   
- Singer
- Genre: ranchero 
- Has 15 record productions
- In 2008 she sang at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in homage to Víctor Hugo Rascón
- Nominated as best actress in 1991 for the Ariel award for her performance in the movie "tres veces mojado"
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 francisco jose trevino Don Ventura Romero
(1955- 1994) 
San Buenaventura, Chih.
 
- Musician composer
- Studied at the Conservatorio Nacional de de Música y Escuela Superior Nocturna de Música 
- His first work was "La Burrita" performed by Pedro Infante, which received a gold medal "El Calendario Azteca de Oro"
- Other famous works are: Un madrigal, tu castigo, soy infeliz, senderito de amor, among others
- In his honor, the monument to "La Burrita" was placed in the London neighborhood.
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 Francisco avitia c  Francisco Avitia Tapia
(1915-1995) 
"The Charro Avitia"

Valle de Zaragoza, Chih.
   
- Singer
- Genre: ranchero
- Received the "Eduardo Arozamena" Medal for fifty years of musical career
- Recorded more than 200 songs and participated in more than 20 movies
- His popular songs are: “Máquina 501”, “Veinte años”, “El muchacho alegre”, “Corrido de Santa Amalia”, “El bandolero”
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 juan gabriel c  Juan Gabriel
(1950- 2016) 
"The divo of Juarez"

Parácuaro, Michoacán
   
- Singer
- Genre: ranchera, bolero, pop, música norteña, rumba flamenca, huapango
- In 1972 he released the single "I have no money" occupying the # 1 position in Mexico
- Obtained more than 1000 gold, platinum and multi-platinum records
- In 2009 his star is placed in the Hall of Fame in Las Vegas
- His remains are found in Cd. Juárez
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 luz elena c       Luz  Elena  Ruiz  Bejarano      
(1936- to the date) 
"Lucha Villa" 
Camargo, Chih.
   
- Singer
- She stood out in the ranchero genre
- She is also known as "the first Queen of the palenques"
- Between 1964 and 1976 she received 12 Gold Records for her sales
- In 2009 a statue was placed in Camargo in tribute to her 75 films and more than 300 musical productions
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Miguel Aceves Mejia cantante Miguel Aceves Mejía
(1915-2006)
"The king of falsetto"

Chihuahua, Chih
    
- Mexican singer and actor
- Genre: ranchero, bolero and rumba
- Recorded more than 1600 songs
- Participated in more than 64 films
- His popular songs are: “El pastor”, “La malagueña”, “Vaya con Dios”, “ “Cuatro caminos”, “Serenata huasteca”, “El pescado nadador”, “La embarcación” y “Oh, gran dios”
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jaime almeida periodista

Jaime Almeida Pérez
(1949 - 2015)
Chihuahua, Chih.

 
- Musician and journalist
- Featured as a specialist in the musical history of Mexico
- Received the National Prize for Journalism in 1980
- In 1971 he was the producer of the Festival de Rock y Ruedas de Avándaro, , a historic rock and roll event in Mexico.

 

SCIENTISTS

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alfonso quiroz  Alfonso Quiroz Cuarón
(1910 - 1978)
Jiménez, Chih.
  
- The first criminologist in Mexico
- Known as the Father of Mexican Criminology
- He wrote the book "Medicina Forense de Alfonso Quiroz"
-The United Nations Organization (UN) contacted him to conduct studies on the behavior of US soldiers
- On November 16 the Criminologist's Day is celebrated in his honor
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 arturo rosenblueth  Arturo Rosenblueth Stearns
(1900 - 1970)
Cd. Guerrero, Chih.
   
- Mexican researcher, doctor, physiologist
- Pioneer of cybernetics
- Nominated for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1952
- In 1966 he won the National Prize for Science
- On January 7, 1974, his ashes were deposited in the Rotunda of Illustrious Persons
       

 

ATHLETES

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armando muñiz     Armando Muñiz Hurtado    
(1947- to the date)
Delicias, Chih. 
    
- Professional boxer and former NABF Welterweight Champion
- Known as "The Man"
- Fought twenty-three times at the historic Olympic Auditorium in central California
- The most popular boxer in Southern California
- Member of the Olympic boxing team in 1968
 
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 eduardo alonso najera perez    Eduardo A. Nájera Pérez   
(1976- to the date)
Meoqui, Chih. 
   
- Basketball player - retired
- Known as "Lalo Najera""
- Was a star player at the University of Oklahoma from 1997-2000
- He was the second Mexican basketball player to play in the NBA
- Played for Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Denver Nuggets, New Jersey Nets and Charlotte Bobcats
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 francisco corral Francisco Corral
(1955- to the date)
Cd. Delicias, Chih. 
   
- American football player - retired
- Known as "Frank"
- Only Chihuahuan to have played in a Super Bowl
- Scored the most field goals by a rookie kicker (1978, 29 of 43)
- Was signed by the Chicago Blitz, the Arizona Wranglers and the Houston Gamblers
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 hector espino gonzalez Héctor Espino Gonzalez
(1939-1997)
Chihuahua, Chih. 
   
- Baseball player
- Known as "El Superman de Chihuahua" 
-Mexican baseball icon of the 60s and 70s
- 4 seasons was the best home run hitter drove in 1,573 runs; with 2,752 hits, 453 of them home runs
- In 1962 he was the Rookie of the Year of the Mexican Baseball League playing for the Sultanes de Monterrey
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 jorge ivan gutierrez Jorge Iván Gutiérrez
(1988 - to the date)
Chihuahua, Chih. 
   
- Basketball player
- I was part of the Denver Nuggets NBA team in 2012
- Awarded 2 times as the "Best Player of the Year
2012 Pac-12"
- Played in the preseason for the Brooklyn Nets in 2014
- Doing preseason practices, he got a multi-year contract with the Nets
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 jose luis arroyos morales  José Luis Arroyos Morales
(1962- to the date)
Casas Grandes, Chih.
   
- Basketball player
- Known as "Satanas"
- In 1983 and 1984 he obtained the CIMEBA title together with Dorados de Chihuahua
- 1993 was part of the international tour to Europe (Czechoslovakia, Romania, Germany and Yugoslavia) of the Mexican National Team
- 1995 traveled to the Pan American Games
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 rodolfo galindo ramirez Rodolfo Galindo Ramírez
(1923 - 1999)
Chihuahua, Chih. 
   
- Mexican professional wrestler and actor
-Known as "Cavernario Galindo"
- He was in the World Wrestling Council from 1930 to 1990
- The famous key in modern wrestling "the cave" is in his name
- In 1996 he was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame
     

 

OLYMPIC MEDALISTS

francisco martinez  Francisco Martínez  
(1910 - 1993)
Basketball team 1936
Cd. Juárez, Chih. 
   
- Basketball player
- was part of the 1936 basketball team
- Known as "Quico"
- Bronze medalist at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
- Represented Mexico as part of the 2013 FIBA America Championship
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 jesus olmos  Jesús Olmos Moreno  
(1910 - unknown)
Basketball team 1936
Chihuahua, Chih. 
    
- Basketball player
- Known as"El tuto"
- Was part of the 1936 basketball team
- Bronze medal at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
- He studied medicine at UNAM and was director of the IMSS of Chihuahua
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 skousen spilsbury greer  Skousen Spilsbury Greer S.
(1916 - 1988)
Basketball team 1936
Casas Grandes, Chih.
   
- Basketball player
- Was part of the 1936 basketball team
- Played 5 international basketball championships
- Bronze medalist at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
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 humberto mariles cortes Humberto Mariles Cortés
(1923 - 1972)
Parral, Chih. 
   
- Lieutenant Colonel of the Mexican Army and horseback riding athlete
- He is the only Mexican athlete to date to win two gold medals at the Olympic Games
- Won in the individual jump and team jump categories at the 1948 London Olympics
- Innovator in horse jumping technique
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 christian berajano benitez Christian Bejarano Benítez
(1981 - to the date)
Chihuahua, Chih. 
   
- Boxer
- Known as "El diablo"
- In 1998 he got the first place in Tijuana, B.C. at the International Olympic
- Won bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics
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 damaris gabriela aguirre Damaris Gabriela
Aguirre Aldaz 
(1977 - to the date)
Chihuahua, Chih. 
   
- Weightlifting
- Won silver medal at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2007 (75kg category) with a total of 240kg
- After 9 years, he is promoted to bronze from the 2008 Beijing Olympics
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 misael uziel rodriguez olivas  Misael Uziel
Rodríguez Olivas 
(1994 - to the date)
Chihuahua, Chih.
   
- Boxer
- Known as the "Chino"
- Participated in the Pan American Games in Toronto 2015, in the Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz 2014
- Won bronze at the 2015 Toronto Panamerican Games
- Won the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics (75 kg category)
     

 

WRITERS AND PAINTERS

benjamin dominguez  Benjamín Domínguez Barrera
(1942- 2016)
Jiménez, Chih. 
   
- Painter
- In 1985 he painted in the Palace of Fine Arts the title tribute to Jan
van Eyck: Variations on the Arnolfini Marriage
- I take his work to the Polyforum Cultural Siqueiros, Museum of Modern Art
and Fine Arts of Mexico City
- He wrote the book "From the 20th century to the Third Millennium"
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 david alfaro siqueiros David Alfaro Siqueiros
(1896-1974)
Camargo, Chih 
 
- Mural painter
- Considered one of the three great exponents of Mexican muralism
- He was sent to jail for promoting "social dissolution", in that cell he painted more than two hundred works
- His most significant work was the mural he did at the headquarters of the Mexican Union of Electricians entitled Portrait of the bourgeoisie
- He received the "Lenin de la paz" in1966 and also the Premio Nacional de Bellas Artes de México
 
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 victor hugo rascon a Víctor Hugo Rascón Banda
(1948- 2008)
Chihuahua, Chih.
 
- Writer and playwright
- In 1979, he wrote his first play, entitled "Voces en el umbral"
- The first work of his taken to the stage was "Los ilegales"
- Received 4 national prizes awarded by Costa Rica 1991
- The Xavier Villaurrutia Medal, awarded by the National Institute of
Fine Arts and Conaculta to recognize his career
 
     

 

MMILITARY AND REVOLUTIONARY

agustin melgar  Agustín Melgar
(1829 - 1847)
Chihuahua, Chih. 
 
- One of the hero kids
- He participated in the military defense of Chapultepec, under the command of General Nicolás Bravo
- He defended his position until he was seriously injured by two bullets in the right shoulder and in the left leg and a bayonet in the right side
- On May 11, 1949, his remains were placed in the roundabout of illustrious men, his name was inscribed with gold letters
 
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 enrique dominguez rendon Enrique Domínguez Rendón
(1854-2001)
Acapulco
    
- 201 Squadron First Sergeant
- The 201 Squadron was the Mexican air combat unit that participated in World War II
- He lived the rest of his days in the city of Chihuahua
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 francisco i madero  Francisco Villa
(1878-1923)
San Juan del Río, Durango
   
- One of the leaders of the Mexican Revolution
- Known as "The Centaur of the North"
- His military action was decisive for the defeat of the Victoriano Huerta regime
- He was killed in an ambush in Hidalgo del Parral (Chihuahua) on July 20, 1922
- He came to dominate two thirds of the national territory
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felipe angeles Felipe de Jesús Ángeles Ramirez
(1868-1919)
Zacualtipán, Hidalgo
 
- Francisco Villa's right hand during the Mexican Revolution
- High-ranking soldier and Director of the Heroic Military College
- He was the only military with high qualifications who changed sides to the revolutionaries
- In his honor, the new Santa Lucía airport will bear his name, as announced by the President of Mexico Andrés Manuel López Obrador
 
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 geronimo apache  Gerónimo (Goyaaté)
(1829-1909)
Arizpe, Sonora
   
- Military chief of the Bendoke Apaches
- Goyaałé (Chiricaua language), which means "he who yawns"
- 1858 and 1886 fought against the Mexican and American armies throughout northern Mexico, alongside Juh, Victorio and Lozen
- Valuable memories are preserved in the museum that today bears his name in Fronteras, Sonora
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 lozen apache  Lozen
(Hermana de Victorio)
(1840-1889)
Chihuahua, Chih
   
- Chihenne Apache Woman
- They knew her as¡Lozen, la guerrera!
- She had what the Apaches called "poder" supernatural and spiritual abilities
- She found the way to the enemies of her people
- She was the right hand of Victorio and his younger sister
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 victorio apache Victorio
(1825-1880)
Chihuahua, Chih 
   
- Leader of the chihenne gang
- He was kidnapped at age 6 by the Apaches
- Pedro Cedillo is his real name
- On October 15, 1880, Colonel Joaquín Terrazas cloaked Victorio in the hills of Tres Castillos, in Chihuahua
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 luis terrazas  Luis Terrazas Fuentes
(1829-1923)
Chihuahua, Chihuahua
   
- Outstanding Mexican politician, military man and businessman
- Participated in the War of Reform and the French Intervention
- On August 27, 1860, he faced the conservative forces and triumphed in the "Batalla de La Labor"
- He was governor of the state of Chihuahua
- Applied the Reform Laws in Chihuahua
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 pascual orozco vaquez Pascual Orozco Vázquez
(1882-1915)
San Isidro, Chihuahua 
   
- Militar
- Respected and received with glory when he defeated the Apaches
- Participated in the "Reform War" and "French Intervention"
- Defeated the Indian Victorio and his people on October 14, 1880
- The remains of him are found in "The roundabout of the illustrious men of Chihuahua"
       

 

POLITICIANS

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antonio ortiz mena 

 Antonio Ortiz Mena    
(1907 - 2007)
Parral, Chih. 

 

    
- Degree in Law
- During his management at the head of Social Security, he ensured financial balance through administrative reorganization
- Promoted institutional development through urban and rural clinics
- Received honors and awards from various governments, including Germany, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, France, Italy and the Netherlands
- He was Counselor of the Honorary Council of the Mexican Academy of International Law
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enrique creel  

 Enrique C. Creel
(1854-1931)
Chihuahua, Chih.

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- Mexican politician, diplomat and businessman during the Porfiriato
- -In 1875 he obtained his first public position, Regidor of the City Council of Chihuahua
- In 1882, he founded the Mining Bank of Chihuahua
- Held the position of ambassador of Mexico in Washington
- He was Constitutional Governor of the State of Chihuahua from 1907 to 1911
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 manuel gomez morin  Manuel Gómez Morin
(1897 - 1972)
Batopilas, Chih.
 
- Political
- Founded the National Action Party (PAN)
- Rector of the Universidad Nacional de México
- He was part of the famous group Los Siete Sabios de México
- His body was transferred to the Rotunda of Illustrious Persons in February 2004
 
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 luis h alvarez Luis H. Álvarez
(1919 - 2016) 
Camargo, Chih.
   
- Political
- President of the National Action Party from 1987 to 1993
- Elected Senator for Chihuahua from 1994 to 2000
- General Director of the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples from 2006 to 2009
- He received the Belisario Domínguez Medal from the Senate of the Republic in 2010 for his fight against inequality in the country