Huerta, Victoriano (1854–1916), a Mexican general and president. Huerta, a full-blooded Indian, was an important military figure in the government of Francisco Madero, who had overthrown the Díaz dictatorship in 1911. In 1913, however, Huerta led a revolt against the liberal Madero and is said to have been responsible for his death. Huerta became provisional president and set up a reactionary regime. His presidency was not recognized by the United States, and friction between the two countries led to the temporary occupation of Veracruz by U.S. Marines and sailors early in 1914. Revolutionary forces led by Venustiano Carranza drove Huerta into exile on July 15, 1914. He died in the United States.
The railroad expansion of the 1800s changed America forever. By 1900, the people North America had settled a continent that previous generations had thought would take a thousand years to occupy.
'American Bandstand' hit the airwaves, and the Russians launched 'Sputnik'. 1957 was a year that saw the rise of Elvis and the post-World War II baby boom in the suburbs. Read about these and more in our list of 17 bits of nostalgia from 1957.