Bilbao in History

Basque Country: San Sebastián

Historical Events

  • 1906-09-25 Leonardo Torres Quevedo successfully demonstrates the Telekino at Bilbao before a great crowd, guiding a boat from the shore, considered the birth of the remote control

Victory in Battle

1937-06-19 Francisco Franco's troops conquer the Bilbao Basques

  • 1983-08-26 Floods destroy most of the old town of Bilbao, Spain.
  • 1985-02-19 150 killed when a Spanish jetliner crashes approaching Bilbao, Spain

Historic Event

1997-10-18 The groundbreaking Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Gehry, is inaugurated by King Juan Carlos I in Bilbao, Spain

  • 2015-05-30 FC Barcelona defeat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 in the 2014–15 Copa del Rey final

Music Awards

2018-11-04 Camila Cabello wins four awards at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Bilbao, Janet Jackson accepts the Global Icon award

Famous Birthdays

  • 1719-10-26 Joaquín Martínez de Oxinagas, composer, born in Bilbao, Basque Country (d. 1789)
  • 1864-09-29 Miguel de Unamuno, Spanish writer and philosopher (Ensayos, Teatro), born in Bilbao Spain (d. 1936)
  • 1888-08-31 Ramon de Basterra, Spanish writer and diplomat (La Obra de Trajano), born in Bilbao, Spain (d. 1928)
  • 1890-10-28 Andrés Isasi, Spanish Basque composer, born in Bilbao, Spain (d. 1940)
  • 1892-05-23 Rafael Moreno Aranzadi [Pichichi], Spanish soccer forward (5 caps; Athletic Bilbao), born in Bilbao, Spain (d. 1922)

Frank GehryFrank Gehry (93 years old)

1929-02-28 Canadian born American architect (Bilbao Guggenheim Museum), born in Toronto, Canada

  • 1932-04-30 Antón Larrauri, Spanish composer, born in Bilbao, Spain
  • 1935-05-19 Fritz Rudolf Fries, German writer, born in Bilbao, Spain (d. 2014)
  • 1943-03-01 José Ángel Iribar, Spanish soccer goalkeeper and manager (49 caps; Athletic Bilbao), born in Zarautz, Spain
  • 1948-04-01 Javier Irureta, Spanish soccer midfielder (6 caps; Atlético Madrid, Athletic Bilbao) and manager (Deportivo La Coruña 1998-2005), born in Irun, Spain
  • 1962-09-11 Julio Salinas, Spanish footballer (Barcelona), born in Bilbao, Spain
  • 1965-12-04 Álex de la Iglesia, Spanish film director (As Luck Would Have It), born in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain
  • 1966-10-01 Cuco Ziganda, Spanish soccer striker and manager (2 caps; Athletic Bilbao 255 games), born in Larraintzar, Spain
  • 1973-06-28 Alberto Berastegui, Spanish tennis player, born in Bilbao, Spain
  • 1974-03-27 Gaizka Mendieta, Spanish footballer, born in Bilbao, Spain
  • 1976-12-14 Santiago Ezquerro, Spanish footballer (Athletic Bilbao), born in Calahorra, Spain

Famous Deaths

  • 1922-03-01 Rafael Moreno Aranzadi [Pichichi], Spanish soccer forward (5 caps; Athletic Bilbao), dies from typhus at 29