Valencia in History

Historical Events


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1094-06-15 Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar [El Cid] occupies Valencia on the Moren

Spanish National Hero El Cid
Spanish National Hero
El Cid
  • 1238-10-09 James I of Aragon conquers Valencia and founds the Kingdom of Valencia
  • 1609-09-11 Expulsion order announced against the Moriscos of Valencia; beginning of the expulsion of all Spain's Moriscos
  • 1937-10-31 Spanish government moves from Valencia to Barcelona
  • 1980-05-14 Valencia of Spain wins 20th European Cup Winner's Cup against Arsenal of England 5-4 on penalties in Brussels
  • 1995-11-26 33rd Tennis Fed Cup: Spain beats USA in Valencia Spain (3-2)
  • 1995-11-26 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Valencia, Spain: Conchita Martínez beats American Mary Joe Fernández 6-3, 6-4 to give Spain an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends 3-2) and their 4th title
  • 2000-05-24 8th UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid beats Valencia 3-0 at Saint-Denis
  • 2001-05-23 9th UEFA Champions League Final: Bayern Munich beats Valencia (1-1, 5-4 on penalties) at Milan
  • 2007-07-03 America's Cup: Swiss defender Alinghi beats Team New Zealand by 1 second to take the series 5-2 off Valencia, Spain
  • 2018-03-28 At least 68 people die and scores are injured in a fire caused by a prison riot in the cells at the Carabobo state police headquarters in Valencia, Venezuela

Famous Birthdays

  • 1350-01-23 Vincent Ferrer, Spanish missionary & saint, born in Valencia, Aragon (d. 1419)
  • 1378-12-31 Pope Callixtus III [Alfonso de Borgia], head of the Catholic Church & ruler of the Papal States (1455-58), born in Kingdom of Valencia (d. 1458)
  • 1510-10-28 Francis Borgia, 4th Duke of Gandía and Jesuit priest, born in Duchy of Gandía, Kingdom of Valencia, Spain (d. 1572)
  • 1586-12-29 Francisco de Moncada, 3rd Marquis of Aitona, Spanish diplomat, soldier, and writer, born in Valencia, Spain (d. 1635)
  • 1731-04-04 Francesc Morera i Cots, Valencian composer, born in Sant Mateu (d. 1793)
  • 1754-05-02 Vicente Martín y Soler, Valencian composer, born in Valencia, Spain (d. 1806)
  • 1870-11-19 Vicente Lleó, Spanish composer (La Corte de Faraón), born in Torrent, Valencia (d. 1922)
  • 1873-10-14 José Serrano Simeón, Spanish composer, born in Sueca, Valencia, Spain (d. 1941)
  • 1895-11-28 José Iturbi, Spanish pianist and conductor, born in Valencia, Spain (d. 1980)
  • 1899-11-20 Juan Vicente Lecuna, Venezuelan diplomat and composer, born in Valencia, Venezuela (d. 1954)
  • 1926-01-26 José María Valverde, Spanish philosopher, poet and translator (La espera, Historia de la literatura universal), born in Valencia de Alcántara, Spain (d. 1996)
  • 1952-09-07 Ricardo Tormo, Spanish Grand Prix motocycle racer, born in Valencia, Spain (d. 1998)
  • 1957-01-08 Nacho Duato, Spanish classical dancer & choreographer, born in Valencia, Spain
  • 1962-12-07 Grecia Colmenares, Venezuelan actress (Estefanía), born in Valencia, Venezuela
  • 1967-10-08 Ivonne Reyes, Venezuelan actress, born in Valencia, Venezuela
  • 1975-05-22 Salvador Ballesta, Spanish footballer (Atlético Madrid, Valencia), born in Zaragoza, Spain
  • 1978-09-06 Alex Escobar, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela
  • 1979-11-03 Pablo Aimar, Argentine soccer midfielder (52 caps; Valencia, Benfica), born in Río Cuarto, Argentina
  • 1981-12-03 David Villa, Spanish soccer striker (98 caps; Valencia, Barcelona), born in Langreo, Spain
  • 1986-04-08 Félix Hernández, Venezuelan MLB baseball player (Seattle Mariners), born in Valencia

Famous Weddings

  • 1599-04-18 Valencia arch duke Albrecht of Austrian marries Isabella of Spain

Famous Deaths

  • 1459-03-03 Ausiàs March, Catalan poet of Valencian literature, dies at 59
  • 1555-09-08 Thomas Villanova, Spanish saint/archbishop of Valencia, dies
  • 1793-10-19 Francesc Morera i Cots, Valencian composer, dies at 62
  • 1806-02-11 Vicente Martín y Soler, Valencian composer, dies at 51