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May 12

Saints Days: Nereo, Domingo de la Calzada, Pancracio and Dionisio.

1280 - Alfonso X, in coalition with the Sultan Abu Yusuf, attacks Granada

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1513 - Foundation stone laid for the new cathedral in Salamanca
1912 - The first colour photograph to be published in the Spanish press appears in the magazine, Blanco y Negro
1922 - Spanish troops conquer Tazarut in the Moroccan War
1936 - Las Cortes approve the election of Manuel Azaña as the President of the Spanish Republic
1995 - Fernando Fernán-Gómez wins the Prince of Asturias Prize for the Arts

Births
1638 - Pedro Atanasio Bocanegra, painter.
1707 - Francisco Salzillo, sculptor (d. 1783).
1767 - Manuel de Godoy, 'Prince of the Peace', statesman, Ist Secretary of State of Spain, born in Badajoz (d. 1851)
1752 - Gabriel de Borbón, infanta.
1842 - José Luis Pellicer, draftsman and painter.
1900 - Pedro Puig Adam, mathamatician (d. 1960).
1926 - Luis Molowny, football player and trainer (d. 2010).
1930 - Jesús Franco, director and screenwriter (d. 2013)
1945 - Claudia Gravy, Spanish actress born in Zaire.
1948 - Guillermo Pérez Villalta, painter.
1979 - Joaquim Rodríguez, cyclist.
1981 - Lorena Bernal, Argentine Spanish model and actress (Miss Spain 1999) born in San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina
1985 - Jaime Gavilán Martínez, footballer.

Deaths
1106 - Domingo Garcia (Saint Dominic de la Calzada), religious man and engineer.
1913 - Enriqueta Martí, serial killer vampire. (b. 1868)
1914 - Eugenio Montero Rios, politician.
1921 - Emilia Pardo Bazan, writer.
1922 - Jose Lopez Pinillos, journalist, playwright and writer.
1957 - Alfonso de Portago, bobsledder and formula one race car driver (b. 1928)
2006 - Miguel Fisac, architect.
2009 - Nemesio Fernández Cuesta, businessman and politican (b. 1928).
2009 - Antonio Vega, singer-songwriter and guitarist (Nacha Pop) (b. 1957)
2010 - Antonio Ozores, actor and director (b. 1928).
2013 - Constantino Romero, dubbing artist, actor and game show host (b. 1947)