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October 6

Saint’s Day for Bruno, Emilio, Saturnino, Casto, Magno and Román

1539 - Hernando de Soto, conquistador and his army enter the Apalachee capital of Anhaica (present-day Tallahassee, Florida) by force.
1762 - Seven Years' War. The British capture Manila from Spain and occupy it 
1833 - The infant Carlos Maria Isidro de Bourbon is crowned Carlos V of Spain, the date is considered the beginning of the First Carlist War.
1852 - The Royal Order Telegraph Corps was created.
1896- Filipino nationalist Jose Rizal is arrested en route to Cuba via Spain and imprisoned in Barcelona

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1934 - The Generalitat de Cataluña, led by Lluis Companys of ERC, proclaims a ‘Catalan State of the Spanish Federal Republic.’ Forty people died when the army moved in and Companys was imprisoned until February 1936.
1956 - Pueblonuevo del Guadiana was inaugurated by Francisco Franco, whose construction had begun in 1948 as a result of Badajoz Plan.
1977 - In Alicante, fascists attack a group of MCPV militants and sympathizers, and one MCPV sympathizer is killed.
1983 - Congress approves a bill which partially discriminases abortion.
1994 - Zaragoza Auditorium is inaugurated, considered the best in Spain for its acoustic characteristics.
2002 - Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, the founder of Opus Dei, is canonised by Pope John Paul II.
2014 - A Spanish nurse becomes the first person to be infected with the Ebola virus outside West Africa


1618 - Miguel Gómez Camargo baroque composer, born in Avila (d. 1690)
1803 - Miguel García Cuesta, bishop (d. 1873)
1823 - Silverio Franconetti, flamenco singer songwriter (d. 1889)
1877 - Pachín de Melas, writer. (d. 1938)
1883 - Nieto and Enrique Nieto, Catalan architect, author of numerous works of modernist style in the city of Melilla. (d. 1954)
1889 - Manuel Suárez Castro, politician (d. 1937)
1902 - Alicio Garcitoral, writer and politician (d. 2003)
1916 - Pablo Palazuelo, painter, recorder and sculptor (d. 2007)
1941 - Luis Bassat, publicist.
1947 - Patxi Andión, Basque singer-songwriter and actor (d. 2019)
1954 - Manuela de Madre, politician.
1955 - Paco Ojeda, bullfighter.
1966 - Fito Cabrales, singer, guitarist and composer (Platero y Tú and Fito & Fitipaldis).
1966 - Paco González, journalist.
1968 - Xavier Escaich, footballer.
1971 - Lola Dueñas, actress the recipient of several accolades, including two Goya Awards for Best Actress. In addition to her contributions to Spanish cinema and television, she has also worked in the French film industry. (d.1983)
1971 - Juan Serrano Pineda, known as Finito de Córdoba, bullfighter.
1978 - Oriol Vila, actor.

1214 - Alfonso VIII of Castile, King of Castile and victorious in Las Navas de Tolosa
1349 - Joan II of Navarre, daughter of Louis X of France (b. 1312)
1644 - Isabel of Bourbon, Queen consort of Spain of Philip IV of Spain (1621-1644), (b. 1602)
1992 - Denholm Elliott, English-Spanish actor (b. 1922)
2006 - Josep Fauli, journalist, writer and literary critic. (b. 1932)
2006 - The veteran Catalan politician and ex Vice-President of the European Parliament, Antoni Gutiérrez Díaz (b. 1929)
2007 - José Gibert Clos, paleontologist. (b. 1941)