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May 8

Saints Days – Dionisio, Nuestra Señora de la Antigua

589 - Reccared I summons the Third Council of Toledo, marking the entry of Visigothic Spain into the Catholic Church.
1254 - King Alfonso X the Wise gives the foundational rules of the University of Salamanca
1366 - Pedro IV of Aragón gave a castle and the village of Ayerbe to Don Pedro Jordán de Urriés.

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1456 - The Christian troops of King Enrique IV overcame the Muslims defending Estepona in Málaga
1541 - Hernando de Soto stops near present-day Walls, Mississippi and sees the Misissipi River (then known by the Spanish as Río de Espirtu Santo, the name given to it by Alonso Álvarez de Pineda in 1519)
1701 - The Cortes recognised Felipe V de Borbón as the King of Spain.
1931 - the Constituent Cortes first recognize women as eligible.
1981 - Luis Buñuel, Cristobal Halffter, Eduardo Chillida, Nicanor Zabaleta and Alfredo Kraus received the Gold Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts.
1983 - second democratic municipal elections in Spain after Franco.
1987 - Javier Perez de Cuellar, Secretary General of the UN, received the Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation.
2005 - The Spanish Royal Family announce the birth of Leonor, first child to Felipe and Leticia.

Births
1712 - Pedro Miguel de la Cueva y Guzmán, solider and aristocrat (d. 1762).
1753 - Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, Catholic priest and leader of Mexican indepenedence, born in Pémjamo, Guanajusto, Viceroyalty of New Spain (d. 1811)
1797 - José Rodríguez Losada, clockmaker. (d. 1870)
1877 - José María Salaverría, writer. (d 1940)
1895 - Joselito, bullfighter. (d. 1920)
1897 - José María Pemán, journalist and dramatist. (d.1981)
1906 - José Hernández Díaz, art historian and politician (d. 1998).
1927 - Chumy Chúmez, actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2003)
1956 - Josep Antoni Pujante, mountain climber.
1966 - Marta Sánchez, singer. (De Mujer a Mujer) born in Madrid
1970 - Luis Enrique, footballer.
1975 - Enrique Iglesias, Spanish-American singer-songwriter and King of Latin Pop ('Bailamos'. 'Hero') born in Madrid

Deaths
1063 - Ramiro I, was the first King of Aragon from 1035 until his death, although he is sometimes described as a petty king. He would expand the nascent Kingdom of Aragon though the acquistion of territories (b 1007)
1859 - José Madrazo, painter (b. 1781).
1988 - Domingo Ortega, bullfighter. (b.1906)
1993 - Gabriel Pita da Veiga y Sanz, marine and minister (b. 1909).
1996 - Luis Miguel Dominguín, bullfighter (b. 1926)
1996 - Celedonio Romero, guitarist. (b, 1913)
2002 - Juan Miguel Lope Blanch, philologist (b 1927.)
2013 - Alfred Benlloch Llorach, inventor (b. 1917).
2014 - Yago Lamela, Spanish long jumper (b. 1977)