Sandinista Day of Nicaragua

19 Jul 2019  Fri

Also known as Liberation Day, Sandinista Day of Nicaragua is the day of The Nicaraguan Revolution that took place on 19th July 1979.

It encompassed the rising opposition to the Somoza dictatorship in the 1960s and 1970s, the campaign led by the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) to violently oust the dictatorship in 1978–79.

Following the United States occupation of Nicaragua in 1912 during the Banana Wars, the Somoza family political dynasty came to power and would rule Nicaragua from 1937 until their ouster in 1979 during the Nicaraguan Revolution.

The Revolution marked a significant period in Nicaraguan history and revealed the country as one of the major proxy war battlegrounds of the Cold War with the events in the country rising to international attention. The initial overthrow of the Somoza regime in 1978–79 was followed by the Contra War of the 1980s.

The Contra War ended after the signing of the Tela Accord in 1989 and the demobilization of the FSLN and Contra armies. The second election in 1990 resulted in the election of a majority of anti-Sandinista parties and the FSLN handing overpower.

The Day is celebrated as the national festival in Nicaragua. On the second anniversary of the revolution, the Nicaragua Post issued a 1.20 dollars stamp depicting the participants of the revolution which comprised of the military, women, children and many other sections of the society.

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