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] Columbus meets with the Spanish monarchs Isabella I and Ferdinand II in Barcelona

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
Queen of Castile Isabella I of Castile
Queen of Castile
Isabella I of Castile
  • 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

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1882-03-19 1st stone laid for the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

Architect Antoni Gaudi
Architect
Antoni Gaudi
  • 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

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1938-03-17 The Italian Air Force, in support of Francisco Franco, bombs Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War
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The Italian Air Force conducts a bombing campaign in Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War
The Italian Air Force conducts a bombing campaign in Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War
  • 1938-10-28 Farewell parade of International Brigade (Barcelona)
  • 1938-11-15 Farewell Parade of International Brigades in Barcelona

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1939-01-26 Francisco Franco's troops conquer 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.
  • 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

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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

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • 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 team mate Paul Breitner and Barcelona midfielder Bernd Schuster
  • 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 Yevgeni Sadovyi of the Unified Team swims world 400m record (3:45.00) to wrap up 200-400m freestyle double at the Barcelona Olympics
  • 1992-07-29 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
  • 1992-07-30 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 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)
  • 1992-07-31 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
  • 1992-08-01 British athlete Linford Christie (32) becomes the oldest man to win an Olympic 100m gold medal edging Frankie Fredericks in Barcelona
  • 1992-08-01 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)
  • 1992-08-02 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 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
  • 1992-08-04 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
  • 1992-08-05 Cuba wins baseball's inaugural gold medal at the Olympic Games in Barcelona, beating Chinese Taipei 11-1

OlympicsOlympic 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

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • 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

OlympicsOlympic 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, Scotty Pippen, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
NBA Power Forward Charles Barkley
NBA Power Forward
Charles Barkley
NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 1992-08-09 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
  • 1992-08-09 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
  • 1992-12-22 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" burns down
  • 1994-05-18 2nd UEFA Champions League Final: Milan beats Barcelona 4-0 at Athens

Sport awardFootball Awards

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

Football Star Ronaldo
Football Star
Ronaldo
  • 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)

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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

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

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • 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

Sport awardFootball Awards

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

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • 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 team mates 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

Sports record brokenWorld Record

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
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

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

President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont
President of Catalonia
Carles Puigdemont

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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
  • 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 composer, 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 Barcelona, 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 y Rovira, essayist/philosopher, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 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, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona (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 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)
  • 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, Spanish operatic lyric soprano, born in Barcelona (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 Jose Luis de Delas, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona
  • 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 Tete Montoliu, Catalonian jazz pianist, born in Barcelona (d. 1997)
  • 1933-04-12 Montserrat Caballé, Spanish soprano, 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 Trias, 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 singer, born in Barcelona
  • 1943-11-05 Pablo Gomez, Spanish rock drummer (Los Bravos), born in Barcelona, Catalonia
  • 1946-12-05 José Carreras, Spanish opera tenor (I Lombardi, Three Tenors), born in Barcelona
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1971-01-10 Sergi Bruguera, 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
  • 1971-12-18 Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, 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, 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
  • 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
  • 1987-01-24 Luis Suárez, Spanish 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
  • 2016-03-24 Johan Cruyff, Dutch soccer player and coach (Ajax/Barcelona), dies at 68