Gloria Estefan

Gloria Estefan

Timeline of Gloria Estefan, a Cuban-American singer, songwriter, and actress known for her fusion of Latin and pop music, earning her numerous awards and accolades. With her powerful voice and cultural influence, she has become an icon in the music industry, breaking barriers and inspiring generations.


September 01, 1957


Havana, Cuba


Singer, actress, and businesswoman


University of Miami where she studied psychology. However, she left before completing her degree to focus on her music career.


01 September 1957

Birth of Gloria Estefan

Gloria Estefan, born Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García, was born in Havana, Cuba. She would become one of the most successful Latin crossover artists.


02 June 1985

Top 10 hit Billboard Hot 100

Miami Sound Machine's single 'Conga' from their album 'Primitive Love' became their first Top 10 hit in the Billboard Hot 100 chart.


20 March 1990

Tour Bus Accident

Gloria Estefan was critically injured in a tour bus accident. She suffered a fractured spine and underwent a successful surgical procedure, followed by extensive physical therapy.


04 October 1993

Release of 'Mi Tierra'

Gloria Estefan released 'Mi Tierra', her first Spanish-language album. It paid tribute to her Cuban roots and won the Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album.


04 June 1996

Release of the Album 'Destiny'

Gloria Estefan released 'Destiny', which included 'Reach', the official theme of the 1996 Summer Olympics. This bolstered her presence in the Latin music world.


06 November 2015

Broadway debut of 'On Your Feet!'

The Broadway musical 'On Your Feet!' premiered, depicting the life story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, showcasing their journey to success and their powerful music legacy.


24 November 2015

Presidential Medal of Freedom

Gloria Estefan was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. It is one of the highest civilian honors in the United States.

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