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November 18

Saint’s Day for Román and Odón.

0656 - The Seventh Council of Toledo begins.
1096 - Pedro I, King of Navarre and Aragon, conquers Huesca.
1282 - Pope Martin IV excommunicates King Pedro III of Aragon.

José Luis Corcuera - https://www.elnacional.cat/

1484 - Juan II of Aragon, in appreciation of the services rendered, makes donation of the town of Rute (Córdoba) to the young nobleman Ramiro Yáñez Barnuevo and Sotomayor.
1493 - Christopher Columbus first sights the island now known as Puerto Rico.
1517 - Carlos I of Spain arrives at Valladolid, where soon the rivalry between the Flemish and the Spanish nobility will become apparent.
1809 - During the Spanish War of Independence Spanish army organized by the Central Board is defeated in the Battle of Ocaña.
1846 - A School of Forestry opens in Villaviciosa de Odón.
1952 - Spain's accession to the UNESCO accepted, entering on January 30, 1953.
1976 - The Law for Political Reform is approved by the Spanish parliament, and later in a referendum the following month. The law came into effect in 1977 and was the first stage in the transition to democracy following the end of the Franco regime with General Franco’s death in 1975.
1982 - The new Parliament is constituted.
1993 - the Law for Public Safety – la ley de seguridad ciudadana – is declared unconstitutional, leading to the resignation of the Interior Minister of the time, José Luis Corcuera.
2007 - 300,000th article Wikipedia in Spanish.
2014 - UNESCO declares the Camino de Santiago of Spain as a World Heritage Site in Danger.
2016 - The Clock in the Puerta del Sol is 150 years old. More than a clock, a symbol of Madrid and for all of Spain and was constructed and donated to Madrid by a man from León, José Rodríguez Losada constructed the clock in London where he also had the honour of completing the symbolic clock Big Ben

Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo - http://www.usat.edu.pe/
1538 - Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo, Spanish prelate of the Catholic Church who served as the Archbishop of Lima from 1579 until his death. He first studied in the humanities and law before serving as a professor and later as the Grand Inquisitor at the behest of King Felipe (d. 1606)
1742 - Félix Máximo López, composer, born in Madrid (d. 1821)
1768 - José Marchena y Ruiz de Cueto, also known as Abate Marchena, was an author, who studied with distinction at the University of Salamanca. Born in Utrera (d. 1821 in Madrid)
Manuel Blanco Romasanta - https://www.larazon.es/
1809 - Manuel Blanco Romasanta, known as the Wolfman of Allariz, was born on this day in Regueiro, Galicia. He was a travelling salesman who used the body fat of the people he killed to make soap. He was tried for the murder of 9 people in 1852 and escaped death by claiming that he was possessed by a curse which turned him into a werewolf. (d. 1863)
1822 - Eduardo Huelin Reissig, industrialist. (d. 1891)
1861 - Odón de Buen, naturist (d. 1945)
1871 - Amadeo Vives, composer, born in Collbató (d. 1932)
1894 - Manuel Aznar Zubigaray was a diplomat under the Franco regime and one of the most important journalists of the 20th century in Spain, grandfather to the former Partido Popular Prime Minister of Spain, José María Aznar. (d. 1975 in Madrid)
1920 - Laureano López Rodó, politician (d. 2000)
1926 - Estanislao Basora, footballer (The Monster of Colombes, 22 caps for Spain, 301 matches for Barcelona) born in Barcelona (d. 2012)
1928 - Alberto Monreal Luque, politician who served as minister of Finance between 1969 and 1973 during the Francoist dictatorship (d. 2014 in Madrid)
1933 - José Antonio Fernández Ordóñez, engineer (d. 2000)
Mónica Randall - https://www.larazon.es/
1942 - Mónica Randall, film actress. Randall has made some 110 appearances in film and TV since 1963. She appeared in numerous Spaghetti Westerns in the 1960s in films such as One Hundred Thousand Dollars for Ringo and has made regular TV appearances since the 1970s born in Barcelona 
1947 - José Luis Bermejo, politician former Mayor of Logroño
1966 - Jorge Camacho Cordón, poet.
1992 - Queralt Casas, basketball player.

1566 - Francisco de Mendoza y Bobadilla, cardinal (b. 1508)
1896 - Pablo Gonzalvo y Pérez, was a painter who specialised in urban landscapes and what at sometimes referred to as interior portraits died in Madrid (b. 1827)
1926 - Bartolomé Maura y Montaner, painter (b. 1844)
1957 - Alberto Álvarez de Cienfuegos Cobos, writer (b. 1885)
1958 - Francisco Pagaza, footballer (b. 1895)
1982 - Pedro Mozos, painter.
1998 - Aniceto Utset, cyclist (b. 1932)
2010 - Alfonso Canales, poet and literary critic (b. 1923)
2011 - Jorge Rueda, photographer (b. 1943)
2012 - Emilio Aragón Bermúdez, clown, singer, and accordion player (b. 1929)