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August 5

Saints Days : Afra, Casiano and Oswaldo, Nuestra Señora de las Nieves, Nuestra Señora de la Seo, Nuestra Señora de África, Feast of the White Virgen (Álava), The Day of Our Lady of Africa (Ceuta)

939 - The Battle of Alhandic is fought between Ramiro II of León and Abd-ar-Rahman III at Zamora in the context of the Spanish Reconquista. The battle resulted in a victory for the Emirate of Cordoba.

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1278 - The Siege of Algeciras ends in the context of the Spanish Reconquista pitting the forces of the Kingdom of Castile against the Emirate of Granada. The battle resulted in a Granadan victory.
1351 - Alfonso XI conquers the Muslims at Alcalá la Real in Jaén
1412 - Fernando I arrives in Zaragoza as the new King of Aragón and swears his office to the courts
1496 - Bartholomew Columbus, brother of Christopher Columbus, founds the village of Santo Domingo, which soon became the most important of the New World.
1498 - on his third voyage to America, Columbus first walked in mainland Yacua Cove, located on the southern coast of the Paria peninsula, in today's Venezuela.
1764 - Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II (17) weds queen Maria Luisa of Spain (18) in Innsbruck, Austria
1873 - The Spanish Royal Academy is created in Rome by Emilio Castelar and Ripoll
1888 - An attempted military coup is registered in Badajoz
1914 - Spain and the United States declare themselves neutral in World War One
1936 - Four boats, protected by three war ships take 2,500 Arab and Legionary soldiers from Ceuta to Algeciras. Called the ‘Convoy of Victory’ is was the embryo for the rebellion which would start the Spanish Civil War
1936 - Arrives in Spain Juan de Borbon (Prince of Asturias) under the false name of Juan Lopez to fight alongside rebel troops against the Republic, but General Emilio Mola manages to convince him to leave.
1939 - The Franco dictatorship fusila 63 members of the Socialist Youth.
1939 - Madrid, the Franco dictatorship torture and fusila to Thirteen Red Roses (girls Unified Socialist Youths).
1950 - Spain's ambassador to the Vatican supports the restoration of the military ecclesiastical jurisdiction, headed by an archbishop appointed by the general procedure of appointment of the Spanish prelates.
1957 -The Spanish tennis players won the Galea Cup.
1960 - Barcelona police discovered a clandestine emigration office.
1961 - Fire burns down the bullring in Bilbao
1968 - Guipuzcoa, in the framework of the Franco dictatorship in Spain the state of emergency is declared, with an expected duration of three months and 50 practiced arrests.
1980 - Six die in the port of Sevilla when a freezer ship explodes
2022 - A six-year-old boy from Murcia and a 15-month old baby from Andalucía have died from mysterious hepatitis outbreak with 46 cases among children in Spain

1199 - Fernando III, monarch Castilla y León.
1663 - Rodrigo Caballero y Llanes, magistrate.
1800 - Ramón María Narváez y Campos, soldier and politician.
1864 - Resurrección María de Azkue,  was an influential Basque priest, musician, poet, writer, sailor and academic. He made several major contributions to the study of the Basque language and was the first head of the Euskaltzaindia, the Academy of the Basque Language.  In spite of some justifiable criticism of an imbalance towards unusual and archaic forms and a tendency to ignore the Romance influence on Basque, he is considered one of the greatest scholars of Basque to date
1886 - Óscar Esplá,  composer, born in Alicante (d. 1976)
1907 - Mariano Fernandez Zúmel, surgeon.
1926 - Andreu Hernández Alfaro, sculptor and painter.
1946 - Xavier Trias, member of the Catalan European Democratic Party and was the 118th Mayor of Barcelona from July 2011 to June 2015. Among other responsibilities to the Government of Cataluña he was Minister of Health
1975 - Josep Jufré cyclist 
1977 - Santi Pérez, cyclist.

1275 - Ferdinand de la Cerda, Castilian infant.
1566 - Martin Perez de Ayala, religious and theologian.
1610 – Alonso García de Ramón, soldier and politician, Royal Governor of Chile (b. 1552)
1807 - Romero Landa, military and naval engineer.
1896 - Pedro Salaverría, politician (b. 1821)
1936 - Francisco Martínez García, politician (b. 1889)
1962 - Ramón Pérez de Ayala, writer
1963 - Salvador Bacarisse, composer (b. 1898)
1991 - Julio Prieto Nespereira, painter (b. 1896)
1992 - Juan David García Bacca, Philosopher.
2003 - Domingo Garcia Sabell, doctor and writer.
2003 - Manuel Mur Oti, filmmaker.
2009 - Jordi Sabater Pi, ethologist (b. 1922)