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Mexico History Timeline

1900's continued
  • (1994) Ernesto Zedillo elected president; Mexico peso plunged in international markets, caused banking crisis
  • (1996) Popular Revolutionary Army attacked government troops
  • (1997) Paramilitary gunmen killed 45 Indians in Chiapas village; caused international outcry
2000's
  • (2000) Vincente Fox elected president
  • (2001) Zapatista guerrillas staged march from Chiapas to Mexico City to highlight demands
  • (2002) Millions of secret security files released regarding torture, murder of hundreds of political activists by security forces in 1960s, 1970s; three army officers charged with killings of 134 leftists in 1970s
  • (2005) Six prison officials murdered due to tension between authorities, drug gangs
  • (2006) Post of federal special prosecutor created to handle violent crime against women; 65 coal miners killed in explosion at mine in Coahuila; Felipe Calderon won presidental election; U.S. President George W. Bush signed legislation to build fence along US - Mexico border to curb illegal immigration
  • (2007) Rains caused heavy flooding of state of Tabasco, nearly 500,000 homeless
  • (2008) Drug-related killings soared, more than 4,000 killed in 18 months including 450 police, soldiers and prosecutors
  • (2009) Mexican government unveiled package of emergency measures to protect economy against US economic downturn; over 1,000 killed in drug-related violence first six weeks of 2009; Army troops entered Ciudad Juarez due to warfare between rival drug gangs; Arturo Beltran Leyva, one of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords, killed; drug-related killings in 2009 topped 6,500
  • (2010) Three people connected to US consulate in Ciudad Juarez killed in drug-related controversies; U.S. President Barack Obama signed bill to put more agents, equipment on border to stop flow of illegal immigrants

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