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

Historic Event

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

Meeting of Interest

1493-04-15 -20/4] Columbus meets with the Spanish monarchs Isabella I and Ferdinand II in Barcelona

  • 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

Historic Event

1882-03-19 1st stone laid for the Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona, designed by Antoni Gaudí

  • 1896-01-05 Isaac Albéniz' opera "Pepita Jiminez" premieres in Barcelona

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Victory in Battle

1939-01-26 Francisco Franco's troops conquer Barcelona

  • 1957-09-24 Camp Nou, the largest stadium in Europe, is opened in Barcelona

Ballon d'Or

1960-12-13 Ballon d'Or: Barcelona midfielder Luis Suárez is named best football player in Europe ahead of Real Madrid's Hungarian forward Ferenc Puskás and Hamburg striker Uwe Seeler

  • 1961-05-31 European Cup Final, Wankdorf Stadium, Bern: Benfica beats Barcelona 3-2; first Portuguese team to reach final and win the tournament
  • 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

Sports History

1972-12-02 Romanian tennis star Ilie Năstase successfully defends his ATP Masters Grand Prix title with a 6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 2–6, 6–3 win over American Stan Smith in Barcelona, Spain

  • 1978-12-27 Ballon d'Or: Hamburg's English forward Kevin Keegan wins his 1st of 2 consecutive trophies as best football player in Europe; beats Barcelona striker Hans Krankl and Anderlecht winger Rob Rensenbrink
  • 1981-05-23 Barcelona fascists take 200 people hostage
  • 1981-05-24 Hostage situation ends at Central Bank in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1981-12-29 Ballon d'Or: German 1-2-3 with Bayern Munich forward Karl-Heinz Rummenigge taking title of Europe's best football player for the 2nd straight year; beats teammate Paul Breitner and Barcelona midfielder Bernd Schuster

Ballon d'Or

1985-12-24 Ballon d'Or: Juventus' French midfielder Michel Platini is named Europe's best football player for the 3rd consecutive time; beats Verona striker Preben Elkjær and Barcelona midfielder Bernd Schuster

  • 1986-05-07 30th European Cup: Steaua Bucuresti beats Barcelona (0-0, 2-0 on penalties) at Seville
  • 1986-12-30 Ballon d'Or: Dynamo Kyiv's Ukrainian forward Igor Belanov is named best football player in Europe ahead of Barcelona striker Gary Lineker and Real Madrid forward Emilio Butragueño
  • 1987-06-19 ETA bomb attack in Barcelona, 15 killed
  • 1988-12-01 NBC bids a record $401 million to capture television broadcasting rights for the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympic Games
  • 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 open in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1992-07-27 Japanese swimmer Kyoko Iwasaki wins the 200m breaststroke in Barcelona to become the youngest to win an Olympic gold medal at 14 years-6 days
  • 1992-07-29 Arkadiusz Skrzypaszek of Poland (5,559 points) beats Hungarian Attila Mizsér by 113 points to win the Pentathlon gold at the Barcelona Olympics; Poland also wins teams gold
  • 1992-07-29 Yevgeni Sadovyi of the Unified Team swims world 400m record (3:45.00) to wrap up 200-400m freestyle double at the Barcelona Olympics
  • 1992-07-30 Yael Arad becomes Israel's first ever Olympic medalist when she wins silver in the women's 61kg judo in Barcelona; 20th anniversary of Munich massacre and 500th anniversary of Alhambra Decree
  • 1992-07-31 Hungarian swimmer Krisztina Egerszegi earns her 3rd gold medal of the Barcelona Olympics winning 200m backstroke for the 100-200 double along with 400m I/M gold
  • 1992-07-31 Three world record swims on final night session at the Barcelona Olympics; Australian Kieren Perkins 1,500m (14:43.4); Tamás Darnyi of Hungary 200m backstroke (1:59.36); China's Yang Wenyi women's 50m freestyle (24.79)
  • 1992-08-01 American sprinter Gail Devers wins an incredibly close blanket finish in the women's 100m at the Barcelona Olympics, with 5 athletes within 0.06 seconds of Devers (10.82)
  • 1992-08-01 British athlete Linford Christie (32) becomes the oldest man to win an Olympic 100m gold medal edging Frankie Fredericks in Barcelona
  • 1992-08-02 American Jacki Joyner-Kersee becomes first athlete to win consecutive gold medals in the gruelling heptathlon with a 199 point win over Irina Belova (Soviet Union) at the Barcelona Olympics
  • 1992-08-02 Vitaly Scherbo of Belarus becomes the first gymnast to win 6 gold medals at one Olympics in Barcelona, also first to win 4 gold in one day's competition (pommel, vault, rings & parallel bars)
  • 1992-08-04 In its debut at the Barcelona Olympics the badminton singles gold medals are both won by Indonesian athletes, whilst both men's & women's doubles go to South Korea
  • 1992-08-04 Italian fencer Giovanna Trillini wraps up gold medals in both women's foil events at the Barcelona Olympics as part of the winning team
  • 1992-08-04 The diving competition at the Barcelona Olympics concludes with Chinese athletes dominant, winning 3 of 4 gold medals contested - American Mark Lenzi wins 3m springbaord
  • 1992-08-05 Cuba wins baseball's inaugural gold medal at the Olympic Games in Barcelona, beating Chinese Taipei 11-1

Olympic Gold

1992-08-06 The US track team sweeps the medals in the long jump at the Barcelona Olympics as Carl Lewis wins gold (28 feet, 5 1/2 inches), Mike Powell silver and Joe Greene bronze

  • 1992-08-06 Wrestler Bruce Baumgartner becomes the first American to win in three straight Olympics, capturing the gold in the 286-pound freestyle division in Barcelona
  • 1992-08-07 Taking advantage of 6 months training on home town Terrassa pitch, Spain wins their first hockey gold medal beating Germany 2-1 in the women's final at the Barcelona Olympics
  • 1992-08-08 Bulgarian canoeist Nikolay Bukhalov completes the C-1 500 / 1,000 double winning the latter at the Barcelona Olympics
  • 1992-08-08 Fermín Cacho wins Spain's first ever Olympic gold medal in a running event when he takes out the 1,500m at the Barcelona Games
  • 1992-08-08 Germany goes through the field hockey competition undefeated to win gold with a 2-1 win over Australia in the men's final at the Barcelona Olympics
  • 1992-08-08 Spanish centre forward Kiko scores twice as the home team takes the football Olympic gold medal with a 3-2 win over Poland in front of 95,000 at Camp Nou, Barcelona

Olympic Gold

1992-08-08 The original US 'Dream Team' wins the basketball gold at the Barcelona Olympics 117-85 over Croatia; features superstars Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Scottie Pippen, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing

  • 1992-08-09 Cuban boxer Félix Savón wins the first of 3 consecutive Olympic heavyweight gold medals when he dominates Nigerian David Izonritei on points at the Barcelona Games
  • 1992-08-09 Future 6-weight boxing world champion Oscar De La Hoya of the US beats German Marco Rudolph on points to win the lightweight gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics
  • 1992-12-22 Ballon d'Or: Milan's Dutch striker Marco van Basten wins his 3rd title as best football player in Europe ahead of Barcelona forward Hristo Stoichkov and Ajax forward Dennis Bergkamp
  • 1994-01-31 Barcelona opera theater "Gran Teatro del Liceo", built in 1847, burns down for the second time; re-built and re-opens in 1999
  • 1994-05-18 2nd UEFA Champions League Final: Milan beats Barcelona 4-0 at Athens

Ballon d'Or

1996-12-24 Ballon d'Or: Borussia Dortmund's German sweeper Matthias Sammer is named best football player in Europe ahead of PSV/Barcelona striker Ronaldo and Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer

  • 1997-06-22 WLAF World Bowl 5, Olympic Stadium, Barcelona: Barcelona Dragons beat Rhein Fire, 38-24
  • 1997-12-23 Ballon d'Or: Barcelona/Inter's Brazilian striker Ronaldo wins his first of 2 best football player in Europe awards ahead of Real Madrid forward Predrag Mijatović and Juventus midfielder Zinedine Zidane
  • 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)

Sports History

2004-10-16 17-year old Lionel Messi makes his league debut for FC Barcelona in a 1-0 win against cross-town rivals Espanyol at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, Barcelona

  • 2006-05-17 14th UEFA Champions League Final: Barcelona beats Arsenal 2-1 at Saint-Denis

Laureus Awards

2006-05-22 Laureus World Sports Awards, Parque del Fórum, Barcelona, Spain: Sportsman: Roger Federer; Sportswoman: Janica Kostelić; Team: Renault F1 team

  • 2007-04-02 Laureus World Sports Awards, Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain: Sportsman: Roger Federer; Sportswoman: Yelena Isinbayeva; Team: Italy Men's National Football team

Ballon d'Or

2008-12-02 Ballon d'Or: Manchester United's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo wins his first award as best football player in the world; Barcelona forward Lionel Messi 2nd, Liverpool striker Fernando Torres 3rd

  • 2009-05-27 UEFA Champions League Final, Rome: Barcelona beats Manchester United, 2-0; first Spanish treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League
  • 2009-12-06 98th Davis Cup: Spain beats Czech Republic in Barcelona (5-0)
  • 2011-01-10 FIFA Ballon d'Or: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wins 2nd straight award from teammates Andrés Iniesta & Xavi; Brazilian forward Marta wins women's award for 5th consecutive year
  • 2011-05-28 UEFA Champions League Final, London: FC Barcelona beats Manchester United, 3-1; 4th title for Barça
  • 2012-01-09 FIFA Ballon d'Or: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wins award for a record 3rd consecutive year; Japanese midfielder Homare Sawa wins women's award
  • 2012-05-02 Barcelona football player Lionel Messi breaks the European goal-scoring record with 68 goals
  • 2013-01-07 FIFA Ballon d'Or: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wins award for a record 4th consecutive year; US forward Abby Wambach wins women's award
  • 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 UEFA Champions League Final, Berlin: FC Barcelona beats Juventus, 3-1 for 5th title and second treble (Spanish La Liga & Cup champions)
  • 2016-01-11 FIFA Ballon d'Or: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wins his record 5th award with 41.33% of the votes; American midfielder Carli Lloyd is Women's World Player of the Year

World Record

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

  • 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

Historic Event

2017-09-11 One million march on this state's national day in Barcelona in support of independence for Catalonia

Sports History

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

  • 2019-02-23 Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi scores the 50th hat-trick of his career as Barcelona beats Sevilla, 4-2 in the Spanish La Liga
  • 2019-10-14 Spain's Supreme Court jails nine Catalan separatist leaders for sedition for 2017 independence referendum, prompting violent clashes in Barcelona
  • 2019-12-02 FIFA Ballon d'Or: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wins his record 6th award from Liverpool's Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk; American midfielder Megan Rapinoe is Women's World Player of the Year

Famous Birthdays

  • 1713-02-13 Domingo Miguel Bernaube Terradellas, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1751)
  • 1778-02-14 Fernando Sor, Spanish classical guitarist, and composer (Twelve Studies), baptized in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1839)
  • 1788-02-25 Mateo Ferrer, Spanish composer and organist, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1864)
  • 1809-11-26 Marià Obiols, Catalan composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1888)
  • 1824-04-21 Anselmo Clavé, Spanish politician and composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1874)
  • 1835-07-28 Jose Garcia Robles, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1910))
  • 1848-09-05 Manuel Giro, Spanish composer, born in Lérida, Catalonia, Spain (d. 1916)
  • 1858-06-08 Antoni Nicolau, Spanish composer and conductor, born in Barcelona (d. 1933)
  • 1865-05-22 Enric Morera i Viura, Spanish musician and composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1942)
  • 1882-09-28 Eugenio d'Ors, Spanish Catalan essayist and philosopher, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1954)
  • 1883-03-14 Juan Manén, Spanish composer and violinist, born in Barcelona (d. 1971)
  • 1883-09-15 Esteban Terradas i Illa, Spanish mathematician, scientist and engineer, born in Barcelona (d. 1950)
  • 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, Catalan composer (Música Callada -'The Voice of Silence'), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1987)
  • 1893-04-20 Joan Miró, Spanish painter and sculptor, born in Barcelona (d. 1983)
  • 1895-12-09 Conchita Supervía, Spanish opera singer, born in Barcelona (d. 1936)
  • 1897-09-13 Gaspar Cassadó, Spanish cellist and composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1966)
  • 1902-07-01 José Luis Sert, Spanish-American architect and urban developer, born in Barcelona (d. 1983)
  • 1906-06-21 Lluís Maria Millet, Catalan composer, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1990)
  • 1906-08-21 Joachim Homs, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona (d. 2003)
  • 1908-10-10 Mercè Rodoreda, Catalan novelist (La plaça del diamant), born in Barcelona (d. 1983)
  • 1909-05-24 Guillermo Díaz-Plaja, Spanish literary and poet (Lorca), born in Manresa, Barcelona (d. 1984)
  • 1911-03-13 José Ardévol, Spanish-Cuban composer, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1981)
  • 1915-03-04 Carlos Surinach, Spanish-American composer, most notably of ballet music (Feast of Ashes), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1997)
  • 1919-01-21 Jinx Falkenburg [Eugenia], American actress and well-known US cover-girl model throughout 1930s-40s, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2003)
  • 1919-11-03 Jesús Blasco, Spanish comic book author (Cuto), born in Barcelona (d. 1995)
  • 1920-07-06 César Rodríguez Álvarez, Spanish soccer forward (12 caps; Barcelona) and manager (Zaragoza, Barcelona), born in León, Spain (d. 1995)
  • 1921-09-06 Carmen Laforet, Spanish author, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2004)
  • 1923-05-23 Alicia de Larrocha, Spanish pianist (Orquesta Sinfonica), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2009)
  • 1923-11-01 Victoria de los Ángeles, Catalan operatic lyric soprano, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2005)
  • 1923-12-13 Antoni Tapies, Spanish painter, sculptor and theorist (Dau al Set), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2012)
  • 1924-10-24 Jose Casanovas, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1996)
  • 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 José Luis de Delás, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona (d. 2018)
  • 1930-10-30 Néstor Almendros, Spanish cinematographer (Kramer vs Kramer), born in Barcelona (d. 1992)
  • 1932-01-15 Enrique Raxach, Dutch composer, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1933-03-28 Vincente "Tete" Montoliu, Catalonian jazz pianist, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1997)
  • 1933-04-12 Montserrat Caballé, Spanish bel canto operatic soprano, and unlikely pop star (with Freddie Mercury - Barcelona), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2018)
  • 1934-01-27 Federico Mayor Zaragoza, UNESCO director (1987- ), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1936-07-30 Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz, daughter of Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona and Princess María Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, born in Cannes, French Third Republic
  • 1937-01-12 Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2002)
  • 1937-03-16 Constança Capdeville, Porteguese pianist and composer, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1992)
  • 1937-08-03 Andrés Gimeno, Spanish tennis player (French Open 1972), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2019)
  • 1938-07-28 Luis Aragonés, Spanish soccer forward (11 caps; Atlético Madrid) and manager (Spain 2004-08; Atlético Madrid, Barcelona), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2014)
  • 1942-01-05 Terenci Moix, Spanish writer, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2003)
  • 1942-08-31 Eugenio Trías Sagnier, Spanish philosopher, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2013)
  • 1943-04-23 Carmen von Thyssen, Spanish philanthropist and art collector, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1943-06-21 Salomé [Maria Rosa Marco Poquet], Spanish pop and bolero singer ("Vivo Cantando"), born in Barcelona
  • 1943-11-05 Pablo Gomez, Spanish rock drummer (Los Bravos - "Black Is Black"), born in Barcelona, Catalonia

José CarrerasJosé Carreras (75 years old)

1946-12-05 Spanish opera tenor (I Lombardi, Three Tenors), born in Barcelona

Johan CruyffJohan Cruyff (1947-2016)

1947-04-25 Dutch Soccer Player and coach (Ajax/Barcelona), born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

  • 1949-06-29 Joan Clos, Spanish politician (116th Mayor of Barcelona & Minister of Industry), born in Parets del Vallès, Catalonia, Spain
  • 1952-08-03 Loles León, Spanish actress (Aquí no hay quien viva), born in Barcelona
  • 1954-06-25 Lina Romay, Spanish actress (Conan the Barbarian), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2012)
  • 1957-09-01 Duško Ivanović, Montenegrin basketball coach (Barcelona, Panathinaikos), born in Bijelo Polje, Montenegro
  • 1959-11-09 Sito Pons, Spanish motorbike racer, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1960-10-08 Lorenzo Milá, Spanish newscaster, born in Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona
  • 1962-09-08 Sergio Casal, Spanish tennis player (Olympic silver 1988), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1962-09-11 Julio Salinas, Spanish footballer (Barcelona), born in Bilbao, Spain
  • 1963-03-21 Ronald Koeman, Dutch soccer star (Ajax, PSV, Barcelona, Feyenoord)
  • 1964-08-29 Jordi Arrese, Spanish tennis player, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1967-10-09 Gheorghe Popescu, Romanian soccer player (Barcelona), born in Calafat, Dolj County, Romania
  • 1968-08-07 Tomas Carbonell, Spanish tennis player, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1969-01-23 Ariadna Gil, Spanish actress, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1969-02-16 Fermín Cacho, Spanish middle distance athlete (Olympic gold 1,500m 92, silver 96), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1970-11-28 Álex López Morón, Spanish tennis player, born in Barcelona, Spain

Sergi BrugueraSergi Bruguera (51 years old)

1971-01-10 Italian Tennis Star, born in Barcelona, Spain

  • 1971-01-16 Sergei Bruguera, Spanish tennis star, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1971-01-18 Pep Guardiola, Spanish football midfielder & manager (Spain 47 caps, manager Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City), born in Santpedor, Spain
  • 1971-11-08 Carlos Atanes, Spanish film director, born in Barcelona, Spain

Arantxa Sánchez VicarioArantxa Sánchez Vicario (50 years old)

1971-12-18 Spanish tennis player (US Open 1994, French Open 1989, 94, 98), born in Barcelona, Spain

  • 1972-01-01 Lilian Thuram, French soccer defender (record 142 caps; Monaco; Parma; Juventus; Barcelona), born in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe
  • 1972-08-09 Silvia Ramon-Cortes, Spanish tennis star (1994 Futures-Vigo), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1972-12-07 Jordi Buritlo, Spanish tennis player, 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, Spain
  • 1976-01-07 Vanessa Lorenzo, Spanish fashion model, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1978-06-16 Daniel Brühl, German actor (Good Bye Lenin!), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1980-07-06 Pau Gasol, Spanish basketball player (Milwaukee Bucks), born in Barcelona
  • 1980-11-07 Gervasio Deferr, Spanish gymnast (Olympic gold 2000, 2004), born in Premià de Mar, Barcelona
  • 1981-12-03 David Villa, Spanish soccer striker (98 caps; Valencia, Barcelona), born in Langreo, Spain
  • 1984-05-11 Andrés Iniesta Luján, Spanish football player (Barcelona, Spanish national team), born in Fuentealbilla, Spain
  • 1985-01-29 Marc Gasol, Spanish basketball player, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1986-02-18 Marc Torrejón, Spanish footballer, born in Barcelona, Spain

Luis SuárezLuis Suárez (35 years old)

1987-01-24 Uruguayan Football Player (Barcelona, Uruguay national team), born in Salto, Uruguay

  • 1992-06-12 Philippe Coutinho, Brazilian football player (Barcelona), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1994-06-11 Ivana Baquero, Spanish actress (Pan's Labyrinth), born in Barcelona
  • 1995-05-09 Andrea Motis, Spanish jazz singer and trumpeter (Emotional Dance), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 2000-12-06 Pablo Nicolás Urdangarín y de Borbón, Spanish royal, born in Barcelona

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
  • 1995-03-01 César Rodríguez Álvarez, Spanish soccer forward (12 caps; Barcelona) and manager (Zaragoza, Barcelona), dies at 74
  • 2012-03-16 Estanislao Basora, Spanish footballer (The Monster of Colombes, 22 caps for Spain, 301 matches for Barcelona), dies at 85
  • 2014-02-01 Luis Aragonés, Spanish soccer forward (11 caps; Atlético Madrid) and manager (Spain 2004-08; Atlético Madrid, Barcelona), dies from leukemia at 75

Johan CruyffJohan Cruyff (1947-2016)

2016-03-24 Dutch Soccer Player and coach (Ajax/Barcelona), dies at 68