Today is the birthday–or more correctly, the anniversary of the birth–of JosÃ© MartÃ.
MartÃ was the father of the Cuban independence movement in the 1800’s. He died tragically while fighting for Cuba’s freedom from Spain. He’s considered Cuba’s greatest national hero, akin to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson in the United States.
But he was also a man of letters, a poet, writer and journalist. Imagine George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Mark Twain and Edgar Allen Poe rolled into one and you’ll understand what JosÃ© MartÃ means to Cubans.
Wikipedia has a decent page dedicated to JosÃ© MartÃ if you wish to learn more.
Here’s to JosÃ© MartÃ and to a free Cuba.