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October 7

Saint’s Day for Nuestra Señora del Rosario. Fiesta of the Virgen del Rosario in Cádiz and A Coruña. Also Virgen del Rosario of Rojales, Alicante.

788 - The second independent emir of Al-Andalus, Hisham I, comes to power as the successor to Abderraman I.
1072 - In Zamora, Bellido Dolfos assassinates King Sancho «el Fuerte» next to the city walls.

Julio Ruiz de Alda - Photo www.timeandnavigation.si.edu

1513 - Spanish troops led by Ramón de Cardona defeat the Venetians in the Battle of La Motta.
1492 - Christopher Columbus departs from Florida to change course. His 12th time on American soil.
1542 - The Spanish explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo discovers Santa Catalina island off the coast of California.
1571 - Spanish and Italian troops destroy the Turkish fleet in the Battle of Lepanto.
1649 - King Felipe IV de España (44) and Mariana de Austria (14) get married in Navalcarnero
1886 - Spain prohibited slavery in Cuba.
1978 - The sale of the anti contraceptive pill is legalised.
2010 - Peruvian-Spanish writer Mario Vargas Llosa is announced as the winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature.
2011 - Juan José Padilla, bullfighter is gored by a bull in Zaragoza, almost dying from his injuries.

1880 - Marcial Solana and González-Camino, writer and politician (d. 1958)
1896 - Paulino Alcántara, Spanish Filipino football player and manager (d, 1964)
1897 - Julio Ruiz de Alda, one of a crew of Spanish aviators who completed a Trans-Atlantic flight on a hydroplane in 1926, was born in Navarra. They flew more than 10,000 kms from Huelva to Buenos Aires. (d. 1936)
1927 - Juan Benet, writer (d. 1993)
1927 - Demetrio González, Spanish-Mexican film actor and singer (d. 2015)
1934 - Manuel Cardona Castro, physician (d. 2014)
1946 - Juan José Tamayo, theologian.
1958 - Julio Alberto, footballer.
1962 - Teo Cardalda, musician, in the bands Golpes Bajos & Cómplices.
1969 - Javier Álvarez, singer songwriter born in Madrid
1971 - Ismael Urzaiz, footballer.
1976 - Marc Coma, motorcycle racer, born in Avià

1072 - Sancho II, «el Fuerte», King of Castile (b. 1036 in Zamora)
1553 - Cristóbal de Morales, composer of the Renaissance. He is generally considered to be the most influential Spanish composer before Tomás Luis de Victoria (b. 1500)
1975 - Antonio Bienvenida, bullfighter (b. 1922)
1982 - Alejandro Núñez Alonso, journalist and Spanish novelist, National Prize for Literature in 1957 (b. 1905 in Gijón)
1991 - José María Fonollosa, poet. (b. 1922)
2006 - Julen Goikoetxea, cyclist (b. 1985)
2011 - Enrique Monsonís, politician (b. 1931)
2011 - Félix Romeo, writer (b. 1968)