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April 24

Saint’s Day for Gregorio, Eusebio and Sabas.

1234 - King Ferdinand III of Castile Magacela donated to the Order of Alcantara in exchange for the city of Trujillo
1312 - King Ferdinand IV of Castile granted the Charter of the Villas Ojacastro, Ezcaray, Zorraquin Valgañón and in La Rioja.
1521 - within the framework of the revolt of the comuneros, are decapitated in Villalar of the Communards, Juan de Padilla, Juan Bravo and Francisco Maldonado, main commoners.1808 - the people of León rise up in arms against the French armies occupying Spain.
1547 - Battle of Mühlberg, Duke of Alba, commanding Spanish-Imperial forces of Carlos 1 of Spain, defeats the troops of the Schmalkaldic League
1616 - Madrid, the remains of Miguel de Cervantes are buried in the church of the Trinity.
1701 - In Spain the reign of the House of Bourbon starts after the arrival of Felipe V of Spain to Madrid.

María Teresa Fernández de la Vega - Archive photo

1779 - Spain begins the Great Siege of Gibraltar, the third carried out by Spain from the loss of the city to recover the British colony.
1808 - Leonese rise against the French, the first uprising against Napoleon in Spain.
1844 - Spain recoginises the independence of Chile.
1898 - Spain declares war on the United States in the Spanish-American War after rejecting US ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba
1932 - the pilot, Fernando Rein Loring, takes off from Madrid on the first leg of his flight to Manila. He became the first pilot to fly the route in a private light aircraft when he reached Manila on 12th July that year, after flying a distance of more than 15,500 kms.
1980 - The candidate for the CiU nationalist coalition, Jordi Pujol, becomes the first President of the Generalitat de Cataluña of the newly-democratic Spain, remaining in the position for the next 23 years, and accused of corruption.
2004 - The Socialist government’s Deputy Prime Minister, María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, becomes the first woman in democracy in Spain to take on the role of Acting Prime Minister when José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero is absent on his first official trip abroad.

Births
1086 - Ramiro II the monk, King of Aragón (d. 1157).
1678 - Francisco del Rallo Calderón, noble.
1743 - Bartolomé María de las Heras, priest (d. 1823).
1767 - José Imaz Baquedano, economist and politician (d. 1834).
1787 - Mateu Orfila, scientist (d. 1853).
1788 - Francisco Abad Moreno, guerrilla (d. 1827).
1842 - Marcos Zapata Mañas, dramatist and poet (d. 1913).
1859 - Fidel García Berlanga, lawyer and politician (d. 1914).
1870 - Joan Rubió, architect (d. 1952).
1871 - José Franchy y Roca, politician (d. 1944).
1878 - Fidel Dávila Arrondo, Soldier (d. 1962).
1880 - Fidel Fuidio, archeologist (d. 1936).
1880 - Fidel García, Bishop (d. 1973).
1885 - Adelardo Covarsí, painter (d. 1951).
1888 - Manuel Velasco de Pando, engineer (d. 1956).
1889 - Rafael Aizpún, politician (d. 1981).
1896 - Charlie Rivel, clown (d. 1983).
1903 - José Antonio Primo de Rivera, founder of Falange Española and son of the 1920s dictator, General Miguel Primo de Rivera, was born in Madrid. (d. 1936)
1903 - Juan Monjardín Callejón, footballer (d. 1950).
1912 - Miguel Ángel García-Lomas, architect and politician (d. 1976).
1912 - Víctor Ruiz Iriarte, writer (d. 1982).
1917 - Chus Alonso, footballer (d. 1979).
1918 - Fernando Díaz-Plaja, journalist and historian (d. 2012).
1919 - César Manrique, artist (d. 1992).
1926 - Florinda Chico, actress (d. 2011).
1930 - Enric Badía Romero, draftsman.
1932 - Manuel Moreno Barranco, writer (d. 1963).
1938 - Ricardo Doménech, writer (d. 2010).
1939 - Julio Gento, footballer.
1941 - Javier Rupérez, politician.
1947 - Josep Borrell, former Public Works Minister with the Socialist government of Felipe González and later 22nd President of the European Parliament (2004-07), who was born in Pobla de Segur, Lleida.
1958 - Fernando Luna, tennis player born in Ciudad Real
1961 - Francisco Romero Fernández, writer.
1964 - Josep María Sala y Boix, footballer.
1968 - Miguel Ángel Gómez Campuzano, athlete (d. 1993).
1969 - Ana Belén Álvaro, basketball player.
1971 - Óscar Tabuenca, footballer.
1973 - Sonia Blanco, basketball player.
1973 - Carlos Viver, handball player
1974 - Iván Rosado, footballer.
1976 - Juanma Gárate, cyclist.
1978 - The adopted malagueña, the singer known as Pasión Vega, was born on this day in Madrid.
1984 - Yasmina Hernández, volleyball player.
1988 - Laura López Valle, synchronised swimmer.
1993 - Laura Gil, Basketball player
1993 - Laia Pons, Synchronised swimmmer.


Deaths
1479 - Jorge Manrique, Castilian poet (b 1440).
1521 - Juan Bravo, Juan de Padilla and Francisco Maldonado, chief commoners in the revolt of the comuneros, were decapitated in Villalar (Valladolid).
1599 - Diego Aponte Quiñones, bishop.
1737 - Rafael de Eslava, solidier (b. 1688).
1806 - José Solano y Bote, solider (b. 1726).
1892 - Josep Maria Bocabella, bookseller and philanthropist (b 1815.).
1896 - Telesforo Montejo Robledo, politician (b. 1818).
1910 - Jose Maria Sbarbi and Osuna, religious, philologist and musicologist (b 1834.).
1917 - Florentino Ballesteros, bullfighter (b. 1893).
1918 - José María Menéndez Menéndez, businessman (b. 1846).
1933 - Félix Lorenzo, editor (b. 1879).
1942 - Leonor Serrano Pablo, jurist and writer (b. 1890).
1945 - Manuel Lozano Guillén, anarquist and soldier (b. 1904).
1945 - José Maruenda Sentana, teacher and politician (b. 1875).
1962 - Benigno Ferrer, educator and politician (b. 1878).
1966 - Emilio Prados, poet (b. 1899).
1984 - Rafael Pérez y Pérez, author (b. 1891)
1986 - Antonio Rosón, politician (b. 1911).
1996 - Rafael Orozco Flores, pianist (b. 1946).
2002 - Manuel Fernández Avello, journalist (b. 1924).
2011 - Aitzol Aramaio, Basque film director (b. 1971).