Salvador in History

Historical Events

  • 1549-03-29 The city of Salvador da Bahia, the first capital of Brazil, is founded

Victory in Battle

1624-05-10 Dutch admirals Jacob Willekens and Piet Heyn conquer Salvador da Bahia (Brazil)

  • 1625-05-01 Portuguese & Spanish expedition recaptures Salvador (Bahia)
  • 1627-03-03 Dutch privateer Piet Heyn attacks and conquers 22 Portuguese ships in Bay of Salvador, Brazil
  • 1823-07-02 Bahia Independence Day: the end of Portuguese rule in Brazil, with the final defeat of the Portuguese crown loyalists in the province of Bahia

Historic Event

1832-02-28 Charles Darwin, aboard HMS Beagle, arrives in the town of Salvador in the Brazilian state of Bahia

  • 1836-08-01 As part of their homeward journey on the HMS Beagle, Charles Darwin returns to Bahia in Brazil
  • 1864-10-07 Naval Engagement at Bahia Harbor, Brazil - CSS Florida vs USS Wachusett
  • 1971-04-26 Heaviest rains ever in Bahia district of Brazil, 15" in 24 hrs

Famous Birthdays

  • 1849-11-05 Ruy Barbosa, Brazilian polymath, writer and politician, born in Salvador, Bahia, Empire of Brazil (d. 1923)
  • 1931-06-10 João Gilberto, Brazilian singer, guitarist and 'father of bossa nova' (Getz/Gilberto - Grammy Award for Album of the Year 1965), born in Juazeiro, Bahia (d. 2019)
  • 1939-06-30 Lindembergue Cardoso, Brazilian composer, and music educator (Brazilian Contemporary Music Ensemble), born in Livramento de Nossa Senhora, Bahia, Brazil (d. 1989)
  • 1940-03-29 Astrud Gilberto, Brazilian samba singer ("The Girl From Ipanema"), born in Salvador, Brazil
  • 1942-06-26 Gilberto Gil, Brazilian tropicália singer-songwriter, activist, and politician (Minister of Culture, 2003-08), born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
  • 1945-09-26 Gal Costa, Brazilian singer, born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
  • 1964-02-16 Bebeto [José Roberto Gama de Oliveira], Brazilian footballer, born in Salvador, Brazil
  • 1973-10-07 Dida, Brazilian footballer, born in Bahia, Brazil
  • 1974-03-13 Vampeta [Marcos André Batista dos Santos], Brazilian footballer, born in Nazaré, Bahia, Brazil
  • 1974-12-31 Tony Kanaan, Brazilian racing driver, born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
  • 1981-06-12 Adriana Lima, Brazilian supermodel, born in Salvador, Brazil

Famous Weddings

  • 2007-03-07 Former vocalist of "Babado Novo" Claudia Leitte (26) weds Marcio Pedreira at Hotel Convento do Carmo in Salvador, Brazil