Madrid in History

Historical Events

Treaty of Interest

1526-01-14 Charles V and Francis I sign the Treaty of Madrid, forcing Francis to give up claims to Burgundy, Italy and Flanders

  • 1526-03-15 French Dauphin Francis and his brother Henry exchanged as hostages for their father Francis I, beginning four years of captivity in Spain under Treaty of Madrid
  • 1579-07-28 Cardinal Granvelle returns to Madrid
  • 1584-09-15 San Lorenzo del Escorial Palace in Madrid finished

Historic Publication

1605-01-16 The first edition of "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha" (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes is published in Madrid

Meeting of Interest

1615-01-30 Japanese Keichō embassy, the first to travel to Europe, headed by Hasekura Tsunenaga meets with Spanish King Philip III in Madrid

Historic Event

1632-07-22 Foundation laid in Madrid for Buen Retiro Palace for King Philip IV

  • 1635-05-28 Zorilla's "El Desafio de Carlos V" premieres in Madrid
  • 1637-02-02 Zorilla's "El más Impropio Verdugo Para Las" premieres in Madrid
  • 1643-04-27 Tirso de Molina's "Bellaco Sois, Gomez" premieres in Madrid
  • 1721-03-27 France & Spain sign Treaty of Madrid
  • 1721-06-13 England signs Treaty of Madrid
  • 1734-12-24 Royal Alcázar of Madrid burns down in Madrid with the lost of many artworks, though paintings of Velázquez are saved
  • 1738-04-18 Real Academia de la Historia ("Royal Academy of History") founded in Madrid
  • 1808-05-02 Uprising against French occupation begins in Madrid
  • 1808-05-03 Peninsular War: The Madrid rebels who rose up on May 2 are fired upon near Príncipe Pío hill
  • 1809-01-01 Holland Brigade under Brigadier-General David Hendrik Chassé reaches Madrid (Napoleonic Wars)
  • 1812-08-12 Duke of Wellington's troops enter Madrid
  • 1840-03-14 Jose Zorilla's romantic drama "El Zapatero y el Rey" premieres in Madrid
  • 1844-03-28 Jose Zorilla's "Don Juan Tenorio" premieres in Madrid
  • 1895-03-26 King Alfonso plants pine sapling in Madrid, starts Spain's Arbor Day
  • 1906-01-25 Del Valle Inclans "El Marqués de Bradomin" premieres in Madrid

Assassination Attempt

1906-05-31 Assassination attempt on King Alfonso XIII & Victoria of Battenberg in Madrid during the procession after their marriage in Madrid by a Catalan anarchist kills 30

  • 1910-10-23 Ritz Hotel in Madrid opens with 200 chambers and 100 bathtubs
  • 1912-11-12 Spanish Prime Minister José Canalejas y Méndez is assassinated by an anarchist book shopping in Madrid
  • 1915-04-15 Manuel de Falla's ballet "El Amor Brujo" premieres in Madrid
  • 1917-02-16 1st synagogue in 425 years opens in Madrid
  • 1917-04-07 Manuel de Falla's ballet "El Sombrero de tres Picos" ("The Three-Cornered Hat") premieres at Teatro Eslava in Madrid, Spain
  • 1921-03-08 Spanish Premier Eduardo Dato Iradier is assassinated while exiting the parliament building in Madrid.
  • 1923-01-29 1st flight of autogiro (Juan de la Cierva, Madrid Spain)
  • 1927-03-22 Federico Garcia Lorca's first play "El Maleficio" (The Butterfly's Evil Spell) premieres in Madrid
  • 1929-03-17 Spanish dictator Primo de Rivera closes university of Madrid
  • 1930-12-24 F Garcia Lorca's "La Zapatera Prodigiosa" premieres in Madrid
  • 1934-12-29 Federico Garcia Lorca's "Yerma" premieres in Madrid
  • 1935-10-20 400,000 demonstrators against fascism in Madrid
  • 1936-11-07 Battle of Madrid begins
  • 1936-11-16 German air force begins bombing of Madrid

Historic Event

1937-08-06 Franco's artillery fires on Madrid

  • 1939-03-28 Spanish Civil War ends, Madrid falls to the Nationalists headed by Francisco Franco
  • 1956-06-13 1st European Cup Final, Paris: Héctor Rial scores twice as Real Madrid beats Stade de Reims, 4-3 to claim inaugural title

Ballon d'Or

1956-12-18 Ballon d'Or: Blackpool & England winger Stanley Matthews wins inaugural award for best football player in Europe; beats Real Madrid pair Alfredo Di Stéfano & Raymond Kopa

  • 1957-05-30 European Cup Final, Madrid: Alfredo Di Stéfano and Francisco Gento score as defending champions Real Madrid beats Fiorentina, 2-0
  • 1957-12-17 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid forward Alfredo Di Stéfano wins award for best football player in Europe ahead of Englishmen Billy Wright and Duncan Edwards
  • 1958-05-28 European Cup Final, Brussels: Francisco Gento scores the winner in extra time as Real Madrid beats AC Milan, 3-2; 3rd consecutive title for Los Blancos

Ballon d'Or

1958-12-16 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid's French midfielder Raymond Kopa wins award for best football player in Europe ahead of German winger Helmut Rahn and French forward Just Fontaine

  • 1959-06-03 European Cup Final, Stuttgart: Real Madrid beats Stade de Reims, 2-0; 4th consecutive title for Los Blancos
  • 1959-12-15 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid forward Alfredo Di Stéfano wins his second award for best football player in Europe ahead of teammate Raymond Kopa and Juventus' Welsh utility John Charles
  • 1960-05-18 European Cup Final, Glasgow: Ferenc Puskás scores 4, Alfredo Di Stéfano 3 as Real Madrid routs Eintracht Frankfurt, 7-3; 5th consecutive title for Los Blancos

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

  • 1962-05-02 European Cup Final, Amsterdam: Eusébio scores twice as defending champions Benfica beat Real Madrid, 5-3; Puskás, hits all 3 for Madrid
  • 1962-09-05 Atletico Madrid of Spain win 2nd European Cup Winner's Cup against ACF Fiorentina of Italy 3-0 in Stuttgart (replay)
  • 1963-05-15 Tottenham Hotspur of England win 3rd European Cup winner's Cup against Atlético Madrid of Spain 5-1 at Rotterdam
  • 1964-05-27 European Cup Final, Praterstadion, Vienna: Internazionale beats Real Madrid, 3-1 for their first title
  • 1964-06-21 UEFA European Championship Final, Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain: Marcelino scores the winner as Spain beats Soviet Union, 2-1
  • 1964-12-22 Ballon d'Or: Manchester United striker Denis Law wins award for best European football player; beats Inter midfielder Luis Suárez and Real Madrid winger Amancio Amaro; first Scotsman to win the award
  • 1966-05-11 European Cup Final, Heysel Stadium, Brussels: Fernando Serena scores the winner as Real Madrid beats Partizan Belgrade, 2-1; Madrid's 6th title
  • 1969-03-29 14th Eurovision Song Contest: Salome for Spain ("Vivo cantando"), Lulu of United Kingdom ("Boom Bang-a-Bang"), Lenny Kuhr of Netherlands ("De troubadour"), and Frida Boccara of France ("Un jour, un enfant") all win in Madrid
  • 1969-05-28 European Cup Final, Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid: AC Milan striker Pierino Prati scores 3 in 4-1 win over Ajax; second title for I Rossoneri
  • 1971-05-21 Chelsea win 11th European Cup Winner's Cup against Real Madrid 2-1 in Athens (replay)
  • 1974-05-17 18th European Cup: Bayern Munich beats Atletico Madrid 4-0 at Brussels
  • 1977-01-24 Massacre of Atocha in Madrid: Five labor lawyers murdered by fascists in Madrid during the Spanish transition to democracy
  • 1980-05-28 24th European Cup: Nottingham Forest beats Hamburg 1-0 at Madrid
  • 1981-05-27 25th European Cup: Liverpool beats Real Madrid 1-0 at Paris

Historic Event

1981-10-24 Pablo Picasso's 1937 painting Guernica goes on display in Madrid Spain to celebrate the centenary of the artist's birth

  • 1982-07-11 FIFA World Cup Final, Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain: Italy beats West Germany, 3-1 in front of 90,000
  • 1983-05-11 Aberdeen of Scotland win 23rd European Cup Winner's Cup against Real Madrid of Spain 2-1 in Gothenburg
  • 1983-11-27 Colombian jetliner Boeing 747 crashes in Madrid killing 181
  • 1983-12-07 2 jets collided at Madrid Airport killing 93
  • 1983-12-17 Disco in Madrid catches fire; 83 die
  • 1986-04-23 Madrid-Nelli Cooman runs world record 60m indoor (7 sec)
  • 1986-04-25 ETA bomb attacks Madrid killing 5
  • 1986-07-14 10 killed & 60 injured at ETA-bomb attack in Madrid
  • 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
  • 1987-06-04 American hurdler Edwin Moses' 122 race winning streak which extends to nearly 10 years ends when he is beaten by countryman Danny Harris in Madrid, Spain
  • 1987-12-29 Ballon d'Or: Milan's Dutch midfielder Ruud Gullit wins best football player in Europe award ahead of Paulo Futre (Porto/Atlético Madrid) and Real Madrid striker Emilio Butragueño
  • 1988-10-21 Boston Celtics beat Yugoslavia 113-85 in Madrid
  • 1988-10-23 Boston Celtics play Spain in Madrid
  • 1991-10-30 Mid East peace conference begins in Madrid Spain
  • 1991-10-31 Palestinians attend US mideast peace talks in Madrid
  • 1991-11-04 Mid East peace conference ends in Madrid Spain
  • 1991-12-21 95 share in Madrid Spain $1.3 billion lottery (#47996)
  • 1992-09-16 "Les Miserables" opens at Nuevo Apolo, Madrid

Ballon d'Or

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

  • 1998-05-20 6th UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid beats Juventus 1-0 at Amsterdam
  • 1998-12-22 Ballon d'Or: Juventus' French midfielder Zinedine Zidane is named best football player in Europe ahead of Real Madrid striker Davor Šuker and Inter forward Ronaldo
  • 1999-12-21 The Spanish Civil Guard intercepts a van loaded with 950 kg of explosives that ETA intended to use to blow up Torre Picasso in Madrid.
  • 2000-05-24 8th UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid beats Valencia 3-0 at Saint-Denis

Ballon d'Or

2000-12-19 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid's Portuguese midfielder Luís Figo is named best football player in Europe ahead of Juventus midfielder Zinedine Zidane and Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko

  • 2001-11-01 In the Wallabies’ 400th rugby union Test match in history, Australia routs Spain 92-10 (Australian record score) in Madrid; Matt Burke kicks an Australian record 10 conversions

Federation Cup

2001-11-11 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Madrid, Spain: Kim Clijsters beats Elena Dementieva 6-0, 6-4 to clinch Belgium's first title with unassailable 2-0 lead (ends, 2-1)

  • 2001-12-18 Ballon d'Or: Liverpool forward Michael Owen is named best football player in Europe ahead of Real Madrid striker Raúl and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn
  • 2002-05-15 10th UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid beats Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 at Glasgow
  • 2002-12-12 Ballon d'Or: Inter/Real Madrid forward Ronaldo is named best football player in Europe for a second time ahead of Real Madrid left back Roberto Carlos and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn
  • 2003-12-24 Spanish police thwart an attempt by ETA to detonate 50 kg of explosives at 3:55 p.m. inside Madrid's busy Chamartín Station.
  • 2004-03-11 Terrorists explode simultaneous bombs on Madrid's rail network ripping through a commuter train and rocking three stations, killing 190
  • 2004-04-02 Islamist terrorists involved in the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks attempt to bomb the Spanish high-speed train AVE near Madrid. Their attack is thwarted.
  • 2004-04-03 Islamic terrorists involved in the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks are trapped by the police in their apartment and kill themselves
  • 2006-11-12 Belgian tennis star Justine Hénin-Hardenne wins WTA Tour Championship title decider in Madrid, Spain; beats defending champion Amélie Mauresmo 6-4, 6-3
  • 2006-11-27 Ballon d'Or: Italy defender Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus/Real Madrid) is named best football player in Europe ahead of Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and Arsenal forward Thierry Henry
  • 2006-12-30 Madrid Barajas International Airport is bombed.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 196

Catherine of AragonCatherine of Aragon (1485-1536)

1485-12-16 Spanish princess, 1st wife of Henry VIII, Queen of England (1509-33), born in Madrid, Spain

  • 1528-06-21 Maria of Austria, Holy Roman Empress (1564-76), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1603)
  • 1533-08-07 Alonso de Ercilla y Zúñiga, Basque soldier and poet, born in Madrid (d. 1595)
  • 1535-06-24 Joanna of Austria, Princess of Portugal, born in Madrid (d. 1573)
  • 1562-11-25 Lope Félix de Vega Carpio, Spanish dramatist and poet (Angelica, Arcadia), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1635)
  • 1567-10-10 Infanta Catherine Michelle of Spain [Catalina Micaela de Austria], Duchess consort of Savoy (1585-97), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1597)

Philip IIIPhilip III (1578-1621)

1578-04-14 King of Spain & Portugal (1598-1621), born in Madrid, Spain

  • 1580-09-14 Francisco Gómez de Quevedo, Spanish poet and writer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1645)
  • 1600-01-17 Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Spanish dramatist, poet and writer of the Spanish Golden Age, born in Madrid (d. 1681)
  • 1606-05-23 Juan Caramuel y Lobkowitz, Spanish writer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1682)
  • 1651-07-12 Margaret Theresa of Spain, daughter of Philip IV, wife and niece of Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor (the child in Velázquez Las Meninas, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1673)
  • 1661-11-06 Charles II of Spain, last Habsburg King of Spain (reigns 1665-1700), born in Royal Alcazar of Madrid, Spain (d. 1700)
  • 1716-01-20 Carlos III, King of Spain (1759-88) and King of Naples and Sicily (1734-59), born in Royal Alcazar of Madrid, Spain (d. 1788)
  • 1741-12-31 Isabella Maria of Parma, wife of future Holy Roman emperor, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1763)
  • 1742-11-18 Félix Máximo López, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1821)
  • 1772-04-11 Manuel Jose Quintana, Spanish author and poet (El Duque de Viseo), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1857)
  • 1789-07-06 María Isabella of Spain, Queen of the Two Sicilies (1825-30), born in Royal Palace of Madrid, Spain (d. 1848)
  • 1822-03-31 Rafael Hernando, Spanish composer of zarzuelas, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1888)
  • 1823-08-03 Francisco Barbieri, Spanish zarzuela opera composer (El Diablo en El Poder), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1894)
  • 1828-06-03 Jose Inzenga y Castellanos, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1891)
  • 1830-10-10 Isabella II, Queen of Spain (1833-68), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1904)
  • 1832-01-30 Infanta Luisa Fernanda, Duchess of Montpensier, born in Royal Palace of Madrid, Spain (d. 1897)
  • 1832-04-19 José Echegaray, Spanish dramatist (Nobel 1904), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1916)
  • 1843-01-20 Pierre-Paul Cambon, French diplomat (Madrid, Constantinople, London)
  • 1843-02-19 Adelina Patti, Italian opera soprano (Lucio), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1919)
  • 1846-05-05 Federico Chueca, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1908)
  • 1857-11-28 Alfonso XII, King of Spain (1874-85), born in Royal Palace of Madrid, Madrid (d. 1885)
  • 1860-06-24 Mercedes of Orléans, Queen of Spain, born in Palacio Real, Madrid, Spain (d. 1878)
  • 1871-07-03 Vicente Arregui Garay, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1925)
  • 1873-01-29 Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, Italian navy officer, explorer and mountaineer (Ruwenzori Range, Uganda; Mount Saint Alias, Yukon), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1933)
  • 1879-10-28 Conrado del Campo y Zabaleta, Spanish composer, born in Madrid (d. 1953)
  • 1883-05-06 José Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher and author (The Revolt of the Masses), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1955)
  • 1886-02-28 Jose Gutierrez Solana, Spanish painter and author (Madrid Escenas)

Alfonso XIIIAlfonso XIII (1886-1941)

1886-05-17 King of Spain (1886-1931), born in Madrid, Kingdom of Spain

  • 1886-12-20 Domingo Julio Gómez Garcia, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1973)
  • 1887-09-26 Antonio Moreno, Spanish actor and director (It, Careers), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1967)
  • 1891-03-03 Federico Moreno Torroba, Spanish composer (Luisa Fernanda), conductor, and music promoter, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1982)
  • 1891-11-27 Pedro Salinas, Spanish writer (Generation of 1927), born in Madrid (d. 1951)
  • 1894-11-09 Mae Marsh, American silent film actress (Birth of a Nation), born in Madrid, New Mexico Territory (d. 1968)
  • 1898-05-18 Juan José Domenchina, Spanish poet and interpreter (sombra desterrada), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1959)
  • 1898-09-12 Salvador Bacarisse, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1963)
  • 1900-10-20 Rodolfo Halffter, Spanish composer, and music critic, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1987)
  • 1901-04-21 Julián Bautista, Spanish orchestral and film score composer, and conductor, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1961)
  • 1903-04-24 Jose A Primo de Rivera, Spanish lawyer and politician (founder of Spanish Falange), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1936)
  • 1903-12-13 Carlos Montoya, American flamenco guitarist (Suite Flamenco 1966), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1993)
  • 1905-01-16 Ernesto Halffter, Spanish classical and film score composer (Rapsodia portuguesa; Don Quixote de la Mancha), and conductor, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1989)
  • 1912-04-30 Manuel Gutiérrez Mellado, Deputy Prime Minister of Spain (1976-81) and Minister of Defense (1977-79), born in Madrid (d. 1995)
  • 1920-03-02 Enrique Franco, Spanish pianist, composer (Cuerda de presos), music promoter, and broadcaster (National Spanish Radio; Radio Clásica), born in Madrid Spain (d. 2009)
  • 1920-11-10 Rafael del Pino, Spanish entrepreneur, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2008)
  • 1922-03-11 José Luis López Vázquez, Spanish actor, director and comedian (La Cabina, Travels With My Aunt), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2009)
  • 1922-10-22 Juan Carlos Lorenzo, Argentine soccer forward (Boca Juniors, Sampdoria, Atlético Madrid) and manager (Argentina, Boca Juniors, Lazio, Roma), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2001)
  • 1923-12-10 Jorge Semprún, Spanish-French writer (2nd mort de R Mercader, Z), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2011)
  • 1924-10-28 Antonio Creus, Spanish racecar driver, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1996)
  • 1925-07-18 Jaime de Mora y Aragón, Spanish actor and publicist (Last Judgement), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1995)
  • 1926-03-28 Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba, born in Madrid (d. 2014)

Alfredo Di StéfanoAlfredo Di Stéfano (1926-2014)

1926-07-04 Argentine soccer forward (Spain 31 caps, Argentina 6, Colombia 4; European Cup 1956-60; Real Madrid) and manager (European Cup Winners' Cup: 1980 Valencia), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • 1926-08-29 María Dolores Pradera, Spanish melodic singer and actress, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2018)
  • 1926-11-09 Luis Miguel Dominguín, Spanish bullfighter, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1996)
  • 1927-04-02 Ferenc Puskás, Hungarian soccer forward (Hungary 85 caps, Spain 4; Real Madrid, Budapest Honvéd) and manager (Panathinaikos), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2006)
  • 1928-03-02 José Luis Pérez-Payá, Spanish soccer forward (2 caps; Atlético Madrid, Real Madrid), born in Alcoy, Spain (d. 2022)
  • 1928-03-16 Ramon Barce, Spanish composer, born in Madrid (d. 2008)
  • 1928-06-11 Queen Fabiola of Belgium, Spanish Queen of Belgium, born in Zurbano Palace, Madrid, Spain (d. 2014)
  • 1928-11-11 Gracita Morales, Spanish actress (Operation Mata Hari), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1995)
  • 1928-11-20 Pedro Ferrándiz, Spanish basketball coach (EuroLeague 1965, 67, 68, 74 Real Madrid; Spain 1964-65), born in Alicante, Spain (d. 2022)
  • 1929-07-31 José Santamaría, Uruguayan soccer defender (Uruguay 20, Spain 16 caps; Real Madrid), born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1930-03-02 Emma Penella, Spanish actress, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2007)
  • 1930-03-26 Cristóbal Halffter, Spanish conductor, and composer (Yes, speak out, yes; Lazarus), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2021)
  • 1930-12-11 Chus Lampreave [María Jesús Lampreave Pérez], Spanish actress (Volver, Belle Époque), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2016)

Raymond KopaRaymond Kopa (1931-2017)

1931-10-13 French soccer attacking midfielder (45 caps; Angers, Reims, Real Madrid; Ballon d'Or 1958; 'the Napoleon of football'), born in Noeux-les-Mines, France

  • 1933-05-24 Joaquín Vaquero Turcios, Spanish painter, born in Madrid (d. 2010)
  • 1934-10-29 Ramon Sender, Spanish composer and visual artist (San Francisco Tape Music Center), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1935-01-06 Margarita Gomez-Acebo y Cejuela, Tsaritsa of Bulgaria, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1935-03-21 Antonio Membrado, Spanish-French classical guitarist and composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2016)
  • 1935-04-06 Luis del Sol, Spanish soccer midfielder (16 caps; Betis, Real Madrid, Juventus, Roma) and manager (Betis), born in Arcos de Jalón, Spain (d. 2021)
  • 1935-10-19 Agne Simonsson, Swedish soccer striker (51 caps; Örgryte IS, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad) and manager (Örgryte IS, BK Häcken), born in Göteborg, Sweden (d. 2020)
  • 1936-01-05 Margarita Sierra, Spanish-American actress (Surfside 6 - "Cha Cha"), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1963)
  • 1937-08-20 El Fary, Spanish singer and actor, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2007)
  • 1937-10-24 Miguel Ángel Coria, Spanish composer of classical music, born in Madrid (d. 2016)
  • 1937-11-19 José Molina [Quijada], Spanish-born American flamenco dancer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2018)
  • 1938-05-10 Manuel Santana, Spanish tennis player (French Open 1961, 64; Wimbledon 1966; US Open 1965; French Open doubles 1963), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2021)
  • 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)
  • 1938-08-06 Bernardino Lombao, Spanish handballer (Atlético de Madrid 1967-69), coach (Nat basketball teams) and TV presenter (De Olimpia a Los Ángeles, Objetivo 92), born in Ribas de Sil, Spain (d. 2020)
  • 1938-12-28 Pachín, Spanish soccer defender (8 caps; Real Madrid) and manager (Osasuna, Levante, Granada), born in Torrelavega, Spain (d. 2021)
  • 1940-04-20 Pilar Miró, Spanish screenwriter and director (Wether; Beltenebros), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1997)

Plácido DomingoPlácido Domingo (81 years old)

1941-01-21 Spanish opera and Latin tenor, conductor and artistic director (Verdi's "Otello"), born in Madrid, Spain

  • 1942-09-12 Tomés Marco, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1943-08-09 Lorenzo Sanz, Spanish businessman and football executive (president Real Madrid 1995-2000; owner Málaga CF), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2020)
  • 1945-09-15 Carmen Maura, Spanish actress (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1945-10-03 Antonio Martinez, Spanish rock guitarist (Los Bravos - "Black Is Black", born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1990)
  • 1946-04-01 Arrigo Sacchi, Italian soccer coach (Italy national team 1991-96; Serie A 1987-88; European Cup 1989, 90; AC Milan; Atlético Madrid, Parma), born in Fusignano, Italy
  • 1946-10-21 Goyo Rubio, Spanish soccer defender (22 caps; Real Madrid 317 games), born in Puente del Arzobispo, Spain (d. 2020)
  • 1947-08-02 Massiel [Maria Santamaria], Spanish pop singer (La, la, la), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1947-09-13 Juan Sol, Spanish soccer defender (28 caps; Valencia, Real Madrid), born in Elgoibar, Spain (d. 2020)
  • 1948-02-06 José Luis Capón, Spanish soccer defender (13 caps; Atlético Madrid, 200 games), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2020)
  • 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
  • 1948-11-22 Radomir Antić, Serbian soccer defender (1 cap Yugoslavia; Partizan, Luton Town) and manager (Atlético Madrid; Serbia), born in Žitište, Serbia (d. 2020)
  • 1949-03-26 Francisco Aguilar, Spanish soccer forward (3 caps; Real Madrid), born in Santander, Spain (d. 2020)
  • 1950-03-12 Javier Clemente, Spanish soccer manager (Spain 1992-98; Athletic Bilbao, Español, Atlético Madrid, Marseille; Serbia, Cameroon, Libya, Basque Country), born in Barakaldo, Spain
  • 1951-09-20 Javier Marías, Spanish translator and novelist (Corazón Tan Blanco - A Heart So White), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2022) [1]
  • 1953-03-01 Carlos Queiroz, Portuguese soccer coach (Portugal, UAE, RSA, Iran, Colombia; Real Madrid), born in Nampula, Portuguese Mozambique

Famous Weddings

Felipe VI

2004-05-22 Felipe (later Felipe VI), Prince of Asturias, of the Spanish Royal Family weds Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano at The Almudena Cathedral in Madrid, Spain

  • 2005-06-24 "Real Madrid" football striker Michael Owen (25) weds Louise Bonsall at Carden Park Hotel in Chester, England

Famous Deaths

  • 1924-05-29 Pierre-Paul Cambon, French diplomat (Madrid/London), dies
  • 1936-12-20 Baron De Borchgrave, Belgian ambassador, murdered in Madrid
  • 1989-12-03 Fernando Martín, Spanish basketball center (first Spaniard in NBA 1986, Portland Trail Blazers; FIBA Club World Cup 1981, Real Madrid), dies in a car accident at 27
  • 1992-04-02 Juanito, Spanish soccer forward (34 caps; Real Madrid 284 games, 85 goals), dies in car crash at 37
  • 2001-11-14 Juan Carlos Lorenzo, Argentine soccer forward (Boca Juniors, Sampdoria, Atlético Madrid) and manager (Argentina, Boca Juniors, Lazio, Roma), dies at 79
  • 2006-11-17 Ferenc Puskás, Hungarian soccer forward (Hungary 85 caps, Spain 4; Real Madrid, Budapest Honvéd) and manager (Panathinaikos), dies of pneumonia at 79
  • 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

Alfredo Di StéfanoAlfredo Di Stéfano (1926-2014)

2014-07-07 Argentine soccer forward (Spain 31 caps, Argentina 6, Colombia 4; European Cup 1956-60; Real Madrid) and manager (European Cup Winners' Cup: 1980 Valencia), dies from a heart attack at 88

Raymond KopaRaymond Kopa (1931-2017)

2017-03-03 French soccer attacking midfielder (45 caps; Angers, Reims, Real Madrid; Ballon d'Or 1958; 'the Napoleon of football'), dies at 85

  • 2019-06-01 José Antonio Reyes, Spanish soccer left wing (Spain 21 caps; Sevilla, Atlético Madrid, Arsenal), dies in a car crash at 35
  • 2020-03-21 Lorenzo Sanz, Spanish businessman and football executive (president Real Madrid 1995-2000; owner Málaga CF), dies from COVID-19 at 76
  • 2020-03-29 José Luis Capón, Spanish soccer defender (13 caps; Atlético Madrid, 200 games), dies of COVID-19 at 72
  • 2020-04-02 Goyo Rubio, Spanish soccer defender (22 caps; Real Madrid 317 games), dies of COVID-19 at 73
  • 2020-04-06 Radomir Antić, Serbian soccer defender (1 cap Yugoslavia; Partizan, Luton Town) and manager (Atlético Madrid; Serbia), dies from pancreatitis at 71
  • 2020-04-23 Bernardino Lombao, Spanish handballer (Atlético de Madrid 1967-69), coach (Nat basketball teams) and TV presenter (De Olimpia a Los Ángeles, Objetivo 92), dies at 81
  • 2020-05-11 Francisco Aguilar, Spanish soccer forward (3 caps; Real Madrid), dies at 71
  • 2020-09-22 Agne Simonsson, Swedish soccer striker (51 caps; Örgryte IS, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad) and manager (Örgryte IS, BK Häcken), dies from pneumonia at 84
  • 2020-11-10 Juan Sol, Spanish soccer defender (28 caps; Valencia, Real Madrid), dies at 73
  • 2021-02-10 Pachín, Spanish soccer defender (8 caps; Real Madrid) and manager (Osasuna, Levante, Granada), dies at 82
  • 2021-06-20 Luis del Sol, Spanish soccer midfielder (16 caps; Betis, Real Madrid, Juventus, Roma) and manager (Betis), dies at 86
  • 2022-01-18 Francisco Gento, Spanish soccer winger (Spain 43 caps, Real Madrid 427 games) and manager (Grenada FC), dies at 88
  • 2022-07-07 Pedro Ferrándiz, Spanish basketball coach (EuroLeague 1965, 67, 68, 74 Real Madrid; Spain 1964-65), dies at 93
  • 2022-08-12 José Luis Pérez-Payá, Spanish soccer forward (2 caps; Atlético Madrid, Real Madrid), dies at 94