Filiberto Ojeda Ríos (April 26, 1933- September 23, 2005 ? unconfirmed) was the “Responsible General” of Boricua Popular Army, or Ejército Popular Boricua - Los Macheteros, a clandestine paramilitary organization based on the island of Puerto Rico, with cells throughout the United States and other countries. Los Macheteros campaign for and support the independence of Puerto Rico from what they characterize as the United States colonial rule.
Ojeda Ríos was wanted by the FBI for his role in the 1983 Wells Fargo depot robbery in West Hartford, Connecticut as well as bond default in September of 1990.
Ojeda Rios was shot and killed, at the age of 72, by FBI agents on September 23, 2005, after the agents surrounded Ojeda and members of his family at a clandestine house in Hormigueros, Puerto Rico. His apparent assasination has caused mourning and protests among many Puerto Ricans.
On This Day, February 7, 1909: Geronimo (Chiricahua: “one who yawns”; often spelled Goyathlay or Goyahkla in English) passed away.
He was a prominent Native American leader of the Chiricahua Apache who fought against Mexico and the United States for their expansion into Apache tribal lands for several decades during the Apache Wars. Geronimo was an expert tactician and leader, successfully evading both the US and Mexican military for over a year. He died of pneumonia on February 17, 1909, as a prisoner of the United States at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.