Catalonia in History

Catalonia: Barcelona

Historical Events

  • 1917-08-13 A revolt in Catalonia, the province in northeast Spain that has long seen itself as independent.
  • 1931-08-02 Spanish Catalonia agrees (99+%) for autonomous status
  • 1932-09-09 Spanish Cortes grants Catalonia autonomy
  • 2005-09-30 The Parliament of Catalonia passes with 120 plus votes and 15 against, the Project of New Catalan Statute of Autonomy, proclaiming in its article 1, "Catalonia is a nation".
  • 2014-11-11 The people of Catalonia in north-eastern Spain vote in a disputed and non-binding poll on independence
  • 2015-09-27 "Junts per Si" pro-independence alliance win parliamentary majority in Catalonia
  • 2017-09-06 Catalonia's parliament passes law to allow referendum on independence from Spain
  • 2017-09-11 One million march on this state's national day in Barcelona in support of independence for Catalonia
  • 2017-10-01 Amid a deepening constitutional crisis, Catalonia holds an independence referendum on seceding from Spain
  • 2017-10-14 Spanish government says it will impose direct rule on Catalonia after the region voted for independence in a referendum
  • 2017-10-21 Spanish government suspends Catalonia's autonomy in the face of a deepening political crisis over the region's push for independence
  • 2017-10-28 As a result of the independence crisis, the Spanish government imposes direct rule on Catalonia, dismisses its government and calls for new elections in December

Famous Birthdays

  • 1789-10-24 Ramon Carnicer y Batlle, Spanish composer, born in Tàrrega, Catalonia (d. 1855)
  • 1824-09-08 Jaime Nunó, Spanish composer (Mexican national anthem), born in Sant Joan de les Abadesses, Catalonia (d. 1908)
  • 1876-12-29 Pablo Casals [Pau Casals i Defilló], Spanish cellist, conductor and composer, born in Vendrell, Catalonia, Spain (d. 1973)
  • 1886-10-04 Luis Alberni, Spanish character actor (The Lady Eve, Topaze), born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain (d. 1962)
  • 1900-01-01 Xavier Cugat, Spanish American bandleader (married Abbe Lane, Charo), born in Girona, Catalonia (d. 1990)
  • 1922-11-25 Gloria Lasso, French-Spanish singer (Le tour de chant de Gloria Lasso), born in Vilafranca del Penedès, Catalonia (d. 2005)
  • 1926-11-18 Estanislao Basora, Spanish footballer (The Monster of Colombes, 22 caps for Spain, 301 matches for Barcelona), born in Barcelona, Catalonia (d. 2012)
  • 1933-03-28 Tete Montoliu, Catalonian jazz pianist, born in Barcelona (d. 1997)
  • 1943-11-05 Pablo Gomez, Spanish musician (Los Bravos), born in Barcelona, Catalonia

Person of interestCarles Puigdemont

1962-12-29 Carles Puigdemont [i Casamajó], Catalan politician and nationalist (President of Catalonia, 2016-17), born in Amer, Catalonia, Spain

President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont
President of Catalonia
Carles Puigdemont
  • 1975-08-02 Ingrid Rubio, Spanish actress (Infidels), born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
  • 1981-12-23 Beth [Elisabeth Rodergas Cols], Spanish singer and actress, born in Súria, Catalonia

Famous Deaths

  • 1933-12-25 Francesc Macià, Catalonian statesman (b. 1859)
  • 1940-10-11 Lluís Companys, Spanish politician, 123rd President of the Generalitat of Catalonia (1933-40), shot at 58