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05-06-2012, 03:06 AM
Today in history: 5 June 1878

José Doroteo Arango Arámbula better known by his pseudonym Francisco Villa or his nickname Pancho Villa – one of the most prominent Mexican Revolutionary generals was born on this date.

As commander of the División del Norte, Pancho Villa was the veritable caudillo of the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua which, given its size, mineral wealth, and proximity to the United States of America, provided him with extensive resources. Villa was also provisional Governor of Chihuahua in 1913 and 1914. Although he was prevented from being accepted into the "panteón" of national heroes until some 20 years after his death, and his grave was abandoned (tumba abandonada), today his memory is honored by Mexicans, U.S. citizens, and many people around the world. In addition, numerous streets and neighborhoods in Mexico are named in his honor.

Villa retired in 1920 and was given a large estate which he turned into a "military colony" for his former soldiers. In 1923, he decided to re-involve himself in Mexican politics and as a result was assassinated, most likely on the orders of President Álvaro Obregón Salido.