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Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013

Baja California governor observes 100th anniversary of Mexican Army

     Baja California Gov. José Guadalupe Osuna Millán and other officials observed the 100th venustiano carranzafrancisco maderoanniversary of the Mexican Army in Mexicali. The anniversary marks the creation of the Constitutional Army under Coahuila Gov. Venustiano Carranza (left), who rebelled after President Francisco Madero (right) was deposed by a military coup on Feb. 18, 1913 during the Mexican Revolution. Madero was killed on Feb. 22, 1913. Carranza later became president, but was himself killed in 1920. Story, Frontera (PDF).

      Baja California officials have credited the Mexican Army with having greatly reduced organized-crime violence in the state.

       Oops: Perhaps because President Francisco Madero's great-nephew Gustavo Madero, the current leader of the National Action Party, was coming to Tijuana, an earlier version of this story mistakenly listed President Madero's first name as Gustavo. President Francisco Madero also had a brother, Gustavo, who was killed during the coup on Feb. 18, 1913.