José Luis Valenzuela Ruiz

8 August 1947–9 August 2007 (Age 60)
Matagalpa, Nicaragua

The Life of José Luis

José Luis Valenzuela Ruiz was born on 8 August 1947, in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. He died on 9 August 2007, in his hometown, at the age of 60.

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José Luis Valenzuela Ruiz
1947–2007
José Luis Valenzuela Ruiz
1949–

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World Events (3)

1956

Age 9

Anastasio Somoza is assassinated and succeeded by his son, Luis Somoza Debayle. For four years after his son's regime, close associates of the Somoza family maintain political control of Nicaragua.
1961

Age 14

"U.S. mercenaries depart from Nicaragua's Puerto Cabezas and invade Playa Girón, Cuba. They suffer a historical defeat known as the ""Bay of Pigs""."
1971

Age 24

Somoza Debayle steps down from government, but retains the post, Chief of the Armed Forces. A governing coalition is formed, which is comprised of a Conservative and two Liberal executives.

Name Meaning

Spanish: habitational name from places named Valenzuela in Córdoba and Ciudad Real. The place name is a diminutive of Valencia, literally ‘Little Valencia’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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