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May 17

Saints Days: Pascual Bailón, Pablo, Adrión and Heradio

822 - After the death of Al Hakam I, began his reign in Cordoba Abderramán II, during which the Cordovan adopted the fashion of Baghdad, introduced by the Iraqi-born musician Ziryab.
1410 - Martin of Aragon revokes the appointment as General Lieutenant Governor General of Aragon and the Crown had granted his nephew Jaime II of Urgel.

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1520 - Carlos I of Spain signed the document which gave Diego Colón the titles of Admiral and Viceroy of The Indias.
1527 - Pánfilo de Narváez departs Spain to explore Florida with 600 men - by 1536 only 4 survive
1683 - Pirates sack Velacruz, New Spain, taking 4,000 prisoners for ransom
1834 - Carlos María Isidro de Borbón, returned from exile.
1856 - Queen Isabel II created the Beneficial Order, a form of civil decoration to award those affected by the Asian Cholera.
1863 – Rosalía de Castro publishes Cantares Gallegos, the first book in the Galician language.
1902 - Alfonso XIII of Spain comes of age, swears the Constitution and began his reign, which marks the end of the regency of his mother; a general pardon is granted.
1925 - A state of War was declared in Spain.
1928 - The telephone service between Spain and Portugal started.
1933 - The law for confessions and religious congregations was passed.
1935 - General Franco is named Chief Head of State
1937 - Captain Joaquin Garcia Morato aviation gets the Distinguished Cross of San Fernando.
1937 - Spanish Civil War: The Largo Caballero government resigns in the wake of the Barcelona May Days, leading Juan Negrín to form a government, without the anarcho-syndalist CNT, in its stead
1943 - Opens in Barcelona the film Correo de Indias, directed by Edgar Neville.
1984 - a "hole" of 40,000 million pesetas in the pension fund for employees of Telefónica is discovered.
1986 - Libyan ambassador in Madrid, Nakaa Mohamed Ahmed, is accused of leading the terrorist group "The call of Jesus Christ."
1992 - Several ETA activists who had fled from Spain were arrested in a restaurant in Montevideo.
1993 - The Camino de Santiago was declared a European Heritage site.
2003 - Spanish athlete Alberto Garcia, European champion 5000 m, unveils positive for EPO (erythropoietin) after a check carried out on 29 March after the World Cup short cross.
2004 - the Spanish journalist associations create an Ethics Council.
2005 - The Spanish Congress approves, the sole vote against the popular, the resolution promoted by the socialist group that authorizes the government to enter into talks with ETA on the assumption that the band definitively abandon weapons.
2005 - Spanish Neurologists describe for the first time the clinical manifestations of a rare brain malformation called urelgia.
2006 - FC Barcelona wins his second UEFA Champions League against Arsenal FC at the Stade de France in Paris.
2013 - the Club Atletico Madrid won the Copa del Rey.

1643 - Juan de Sevilla Romero, painter.
1769 - Gabriel Ciscar, mathematician, sailor and politician (d. 1829).
1806 - Pascual Madoz Ibáñez, intellectual, politician and writer.
1833 - Manuel Murguía, historian and writer.
1845 - Jacinto Verdaguer, Spanish poet in Catalan.
1864 - Melquiades Alvarez, lawyer and politician.
1875 - Joseph Maruenda Santana, teacher and political (d.1945).
1878 - Benigno Ferrer, educator and politician (d.1962).
1886 - Alfonso XIII of Spain (1886-1931) born in Madrid (d. 1941)
1899 - Carmen de Icaza, writer (d. 1979)
1911 - Alfredo Mayo, actor (d. 1985).
1911 - Antonio Tovar, linguist.
1919 - José María Querejeta Alberro, footballer.
1926 - Dietmar Schönherr, Austrian-Spanish actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2014)
1926 - Antonio Fernández-Galiano, politician (d. 1999).
1935 - Rafael Canogar, painter and sculptor.
1941 - José Ufarte, football player and trainer.
1942 - Ramón Sánchez Ocaña, journalist.
1952 - Pedro Menchén, writer.
1952 - Josep-Lluís Carod-Rovira, Catalan politician.
1969 - Joan Llaneras, cyclist.
1976 - Mayte Martínez, runner
1981 - Beñat Albizuri, cyclist
1982 - Borja Oubiña, footballer.
1985 - Javi Chica, footballer.
1991 - Oriol Torres Ustrell, footballer.

1623 - Francisco Sandoval y Rojas, politician, Duke of Lerma.(b.1553)
1626 - Joan Pau Pujol, composer and organist. (b. 1570)
1975 - Félix Hernández Giménez, architect (b. 1889).
1989 - Justino de Azcarate, politician. (b. 1903)
1990 - Antonio Puigvert Gorró, author (b. 1905)
1993 - Ramón Sarro Burbano, psychiatric doctor. (b. 1900)
1994 - José Prat, layer and politican. (b. 1905)
2008 - Imanol Murua, politican (b. 1935).
2002 - László Kubala, Hungarian-Spanish footballer, coach, and manager (b. 1927)