Barcelona in History

Historical Events

  • 0801-12-28 Louis the Vrome occupies Barcelona
  • 1082-12-05 Ramon Berenguer II, Count of Barcelona is assassinated
  • 1391-08-05 Castilian sailors fire attack Jewish ghetto of Barcelona, 100's killed

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1424-12-06 Don Alfonso V of Aragon grants Barcelona the right to exclude Jews

  • 1493-01-19 France cedes Roussillon & Cerdagne to Spain by treaty of Barcelona

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1493-04-15 -20/4 Barcelona] Columbus meets with King Ferdinand & Isabella

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 1529-06-29 Emperor Karel V & Pope Clemens VII sign Treaty of Barcelona
  • 1705-10-15 English fleet under Lord Peterborough occupies Barcelona
  • 1714-09-11 French & Spanish troops under Duke of Berwick occupy Barcelona
  • 1848-10-28 The first railroad in Spain - between Barcelona and Mataró - is opened.
  • 1861-05-14 The Canellas meteorite, an 859-gram chondrite-type meteorite, strikes the earth near Barcelona, Spain
  • 1882-03-19 1st stone laid for the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
  • 1896-01-05 Isaac Albéniz' opera "Pepita Jiminez" premieres in Barcelona

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1896-10-06 Filipino nationalist Jose Rizal is arrested en route to Cuba via Spain and imprisoned in Barcelona

Filipino Nationalist and Novelist Jose Rizal
Filipino Nationalist and Novelist
Jose Rizal
  • 1902-02-17 A general strike in Barcelona and nearby towns leads to government-troop reprisals that leave 40 dead
  • 1919-02-21 Revolutionary strike in Barcelona
  • 1926-08-01 Failed assassination on General Primo de Rivera in Barcelona
  • 1936-10-20 Spanish government moves to Barcelona
  • 1937-10-31 Spanish government moves from Valencia to Barcelona
  • 1938-10-28 Farewell parade of International Brigade (Barcelona)
  • 1938-11-15 Farewell Parade of International Brigades in Barcelona

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1939-01-26 Franco conquers Barcelona

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • 1957-09-24 Camp Nou, the largest stadium in Europe, is opened in Barcelona.
  • 1961-05-31 6th European Cup: Benfica beats Barcelona 3-2 at Bern
  • 1970-07-03 British aircraft crashes at Barcelona, 112 killed
  • 1970-07-04 Chartered Dan-Air Comet crashes into mountains north of Barcelona, Spain killing 112 vacationing Britons
  • 1972-05-24 Glasgow Rangers of Scotland win 12th European Cup Winner's Cup against Dynamo Moscow 3-2 of the Soviet Union 3-2 in Barcelona
  • 1981-05-23 Barcelona fascists take 200 people hostage
  • 1981-05-24 Hostage situation ends at Central Bank in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1986-05-07 30th European Cup: Steaua Bucuresti beats Barcelona (0-0, 2-0 on penalties) at Seville
  • 1987-06-19 ETA bomb attack in Barcelona, 15 killed
  • 1988-12-01 NBC bids record $401M to capture rights to 1992 Barcelona Olympics
  • 1989-05-24 33rd European Cup: Milan beats Steaua Bucuresti 4-0 at Barcelona
  • 1992-05-20 36th European Cup: Barcelona beats Sampdoria 1-0 at London
  • 1992-07-25 25th Olympic Games opens in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1992-08-09 25th Olympic Games closes in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1994-01-31 Barcelona opera theater "Gran Teatro del Liceo" burns down
  • 1994-05-18 2nd UEFA Champions League Final: Milan beats Barcelona 4-0 at Athens
  • 1997-06-22 World Bowl: Barcelona Dragon beat Rhein Fire, 38-24
  • 1999-05-26 7th UEFA Champions League Final: Manchester United beats Bayern Munich 2-1 at Barcelona
  • 2000-12-10 89th Davis Cup: Spain beats Australia in Barcelona (3-1)

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2004-10-16 Lionel Messi, aged 17, makes his league debut for Barcelona against Espanyol

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • 2006-05-17 14th UEFA Champions League Final: Barcelona beats Arsenal 2-1 at Saint-Denis
  • 2009-05-27 17th UEFA Champions League Final: Barcelona beats Manchester United 2-0 at Rome
  • 2009-12-06 98th Davis Cup: Spain beats Czech Republic in Barcelona (5-0)
  • 2011-05-28 19th UEFA Champions League Final: Barcelona beats Manchester United 3-1 at London
  • 2012-05-02 Barcelona football player Lionel Messi breaks the European goal-scoring record with 68 goals
  • 2013-02-16 Lionel Messi scores his 14th consecutive goal in La Liga and his 300th goal in 365 appearances for Barcelona
  • 2013-05-11 Barcelona wins its fourth La Liga title in four years
  • 2014-04-16 Real Madrid defeat Barcelona to win its 19th Copa del Rey trophy
  • 2015-03-24 Germanwings flight on route between Barcelona and Düsseldorf crashes in the French Alps killing all 150 on board
  • 2015-06-06 23rd UEFA Champions League Final: Barcelona beats Juventus 3-1 at Berlin

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2017-08-03 Brazilian soccer forward Neymar transfers from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record transfer fee of €222 on a 5-year deal

Footballer Neymar
  • 2017-08-17 Terror attack on Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain as van rams into crowds killing 16, injuring 120
  • 2017-08-26 Half a million people take part in a peace march in Barcelona, following terrorist attacks
  • 2017-09-11 One million march on this state's national day in Barcelona in support of independence for Catalonia

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2018-04-29 Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal equals his Open-era record for most wins at the same event (11 Monte Carlo) with his 11th Barcelona ATP title

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal

Famous Birthdays

  • 1713-02-13 Domingo Miguel Bernaube Terradellas, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1751)
  • 1778-02-14 Fernando Sor, Spanish composer, baptized in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1839)
  • 1848-09-05 Manuel Giro, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1916)
  • 1858-06-08 Antoni Nicolau, Spanish composer and conductor, born in Barcelona (d. 1933)
  • 1882-09-28 Eugenio d' Ors y Rovira, essayist/philosopher, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1883-03-14 Juan Manén, Spanish composer and violinist, born in Barcelona (d. 1971)
  • 1886-10-04 Luis Alberni, Spanish character actor (The Lady Eve, Topaze), born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain (d. 1962)
  • 1888-06-18 Margarita Xirgu, Catalan stage actress, director and political radical (Bloody Wedding, Mariana Pineda), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1969)
  • 1893-04-16 Federico Mompou, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1987)
  • 1893-04-20 Joan Miró, Spanish painter and sculptor, born in Barcelona (d. 1983)
  • 1906-06-21 Lluís Maria Millet, Catalan composer, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1990)
  • 1911-03-13 Jose Ardevol, Cuban composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1981)
  • 1915-03-04 Carlos Surinach, composer (Monte Carlo) [OS], born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1915-03-14 Carlos Surinach, composer (Monte Carlo) [NS], born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1919-01-21 Jinx Falkenburg [Eugenia], American actress and well-known US cover-girl model throughout 1930s-40s, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2003)
  • 1921-09-06 Carmen Laforet, Spanish author, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2004)
  • 1923-12-13 Antoni Tapies, painter, sculptor, and theorist (Dau al Set), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2012)
  • 1926-07-26 Ana María Matute, Spanish author (Fiesta al noroeste), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2014)
  • 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)
  • 1928-03-28 Jose Luis de Delas, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona
  • 1933-03-28 Tete Montoliu, Catalonian jazz pianist, born in Barcelona (d. 1997)
  • 1933-04-12 Montserrat Caballé, Spanish soprano, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1934-01-27 Federico Mayor Zaragoza, UNESCO director (1987- ), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1937-03-16 Constança Capdeville, Porteguese pianist and composer, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1992)
  • 1942-08-31 Eugenio Trias, philosopher, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2013)
  • 1943-04-23 Carmen von Thyssen, Baroness, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1943-11-05 Pablo Gomez, Spanish musician (Los Bravos), born in Barcelona, Catalonia
  • 1946-12-05 Jose Carreras, Barcelona Spain opera tenor (I Lombardi, Three Tenors)
  • 1947-04-25 Johan Cruyff, Dutch soccer player and coach (Ajax/Barcelona), born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (d. 2016)
  • 1949-06-29 Joan Clos, Spanish politician (116th Mayor of Barcelona & Minister of Industry), born in Parets del Vallès, Catalonia, Spain
  • 1954-06-25 Lina Romay, Spanish actress (Conan the Barbarian), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2012)
  • 1963-03-21 Ronald Koeman, Dutch soccer star (Ajax, PSV, Barcelona, Feyenoord)
  • 1967-10-09 Gheorge Popescu, Romania, soccer player (Barcelona)
  • 1968-08-07 Tomas Carbonell, tennis star, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1969-02-16 Fermin Cacho, 1500m (Olympics 2 gold-92, 96), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1970-11-28 Álex López Morón, Spanish tennis player, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1971-01-18 Pep Guardiola, Spanish soccer midfielder/manager (Spain 47 caps, manager Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City), born in Santpedor, Spain
  • 1971-12-18 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Barcelona, tennis star (Olympic silver/bronze-92)
  • 1972-08-09 Silvia Ramon-Cortes, tennis star (1994 Futures-Vigo), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1973-04-05 Estefania Knuth, LPGA golfer (1992 French Intl), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1974-04-11 Alex Corretja, tennis star (1990 Orange Bowl boys 16), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1975-05-03 Eva Santolaria, Spanish actress (7 Vidas), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1975-08-02 Ingrid Rubio, Spanish actress (Infidels), born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
  • 1984-05-11 Andrés Iniesta Luján, Spanish football player (Barcelona, Spanish national team), born in Fuentealbilla, Spain
  • 1987-01-24 Luis Suárez, Spanish football player (Barcelona, Uruguay national team), born in Salto, Uruguay
  • 1995-05-09 Andrea Motis, Spanish jazz singer and trumpeter (Emotional Dance), born in Barcelona, Spain

Famous Weddings

  • 1112-02-03 Ramon Berenguer III of Barcelona and Douce I of Provence marry, uniting the fortunes of those two states.
  • 1997-10-04 Infanta Cristina of Spain (32) weds retired handball player turned entrepreneur Iñaki Urdangarin (29) in Barcelona, Spain
  • 2012-05-23 Grammy-winning Spanish pop star Alejandro Sanz (43) weds longtime girlfriend Raquel Perera (37) in Barcelona

Famous Deaths

  • 0897-08-11 Wilfred the Hairy, Count of Barcelona
  • 1162-08-06 Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Barcelona
  • 2012-03-16 Estanislao Basora, Spanish footballer (The Monster of Colombes, 22 caps for Spain, 301 matches for Barcelona), dies at 85
  • 2016-03-24 Johan Cruyff, Dutch soccer player and coach (Ajax/Barcelona), dies at 68