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May 7

Saints days – Benedicto II, Augusto, Agustín, Juvenal, Cuadrado and Flavio.

1298 - The first stone of the cathedral of Barcelona is placed.
1355 - 1,200 Jews of Toledo killed by Count Henry of Trastamara
1487 - The Siege of Málaga commences during the Spanish Reconquista.

The 1893 Stock Market is still in use today - Photo thewallstreetexecutive

1704 - Portugal, King Pedro II, recognizes the Archduke Charles of Hapsburg as a legitimate successor to the Spanish crown with the title of Carlos III.
1714 - the Catalans reject the assault of the real troops to Barcelona during the War of Spanish Succession.
1762 - Carolino Aqueduct in Spain, designed by Luigi Vanvitelli by order of King Charles of Bourbon opens.
1810 - in Spain, during the War of Independence the battle of Galera (Granada) takes place.
1836 - The settlement of Mayagüez elevates Puerto Rico to the royal status of villa by the government of Spain
1891 - The foundation stone for the Spanish Royal Academy building in Madrid was laid
1893 - Queen Maria Cristina opens the new Madrid Stock Market
1937 - Spanish Civil War: The German Condor Legion, equipped with Heinkel He 51 biplanes, arrives in Spain to assist Francisco Franco's forces.
1937 - during the Spanish Civil War, General Emilio Mola, dies in an aviation accident in Alcocero de Mola (Burgos).
1993 - Spanish architect, Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza, wins the Prince of Asturias Prize for the Arts
2007 - The MetroEste opens in Madrid

1891 - Francisco Vales Villamarín, historian and professor in La Coruña (d. 1982)
1894 - Rafael Argelés, painter (d. 1979)
1912 - Ángel María de Lera, writer. (d. 1984)
1921 - Simón Bonifacio Rodríguez y Rodríguez, magistrate (d. 2012).
1922 - Tony Leblanc, actor. (d. 2012)
1932 - Jordi Bonet, Spanish-Canadian painter and sculptor (d. 1979)
1944 - Rafael de Diego, footballer (d. 1982).
1947 - Guillermo Carnero, poet and essayist, economist and philologist.
1948 - Lluís Llach, singer songwriter.
1951 - Bernat Soria, scientist.
1952 - Josep-Lluís Carod-Rovira, polítician.
1960 - Kim Manning, Spanish actress born in Alaska
1960 - Almudena Grandes. novelist (Las edades de Lulú) born in Madrid
1969 - José Manuel Moreno Periñán, cyclist.

1889 - Francisco Fernandez Iparraguirre, pharmacist, botanist and linguist (b 1852.).
1937 - General Emilio Mola was killed in a plane crash in Belorado, Burgos during the Spanish Civil War (b. 1887)
1992 - Simón Cabido, actor. (b. 1931)
2002 - Xavier Montsalvatge, composer. in Barcelona (b 1912)
2011 - Seve Ballesteros, golfer (b. 1957)
2012 - José Luis Villar Palasí, politician and intellectual (b. 1922).