“I Love Lucy Arnaz”

We all loved American comedienne Lucille Ball and her Cuban-born husband, Desi Arnaz, who premiered in their wildly popular, long-running TV series, “I Love Lucy” on October 15, 1951.  “I Love Lucy” was the most watched show in the US for four of its six seasons.  In their roles of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, the two mirrored their off-screen lives, with Ricky in the role of Latino band leader and immigrant determined to be successful in the American music scene, and Lucy determined to be a star performer in music and dance.  At that time, Latinos did not star on prime time American television in a positive, starring role.  The couple was honored with a US Postage Stamp, among many other accolades.

Organization of Central American States, 1951

On October 14, 1951, the governments of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua signed a treaty creating the Organization of Central American States (Organización de Estados Centroamericanos, ODECA).  The purpose of ODECA was to promote regional cooperation, integrity and unity in Central America.  ODECA evolved into the Central American Integration System (SITA), with the ratification of the Tegucigalpa Protocol in 1991.  SITA’s headquarters building is located in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and was built with the generous support of the People and Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan).