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September 23

Saint’s Day for Lino, Andrés, Sosio and Tecla in Tarragona.

1561 - King Phillip II of Spain forbids Spanish settlements in Florida
1568 - Spanish naval forces rout an English fleet, under the command of John Hawkins, at the Battle of San Juan de Ulúa near Veracruz.
1572 - Rebel forces in the Belgian city of Mons surrender to the forces of Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, third Duke of Alba. He was governor-general of the Spanish Netherlands between 1567 and 1573, and was notorious for his tyranny and the tribunal he set up to try those suspected of rebellion and heresy. The court became known as the Council of Blood.

Fernando Álvarez de Toledo - photo www.wikipedia.org

1868 - The armed rebellion known as the Grito de Lares (The Cry of Lares, or the Lares Uprising) took place in Lares, Puerto Rico, against Spanish rule.
1982 - the Mini Estadi, the stadium of FC Barcelona "B", owned by the Football Club Barcelona is inaugurated.
2009 - Julio Alberto Poch, a Transavia commercial airline pilot, is arrested in Spain over his alleged role in Argentina's 1976–1983 "Dirty War".

1713 - Ferdinand VI called the Learned and the Just, was King of Spain from 9 July  1748 until his death. He was the third ruler of the Bourbon dynasty. He was the son of the previous monarch Felipé V, and his first wife María Luisa of Savoy


Ferdinand VI's reign proved peaceful, as he avoided involving of Spain in any European conflicts. Moderate changes to Spain were initiated under the king, including reforms of taxation, advance commerce, and the Spanish navy as well as a ban on freemasonry. However, the last years of Ferdinand's reign were marked by mental instability, much like his direct predecessor Felipé V. Upon his death, Ferdinand was succeeded by his half-brother, Carlos III  (d. 1759)

1865 - Carlos Fernández Shaw, writer and journalist (d. 1911)
1866 - Rafael Gasset Chinchilla, journalist and politician (d. 1927)
1893 - Carles Riba, Catalan writer (d. 1959)
1894 - Cesáreo Galíndez, Businessman and sports director (d. 1990)
1895 - Joaquín Loriga, solider and aviator (d. 1927)
1907 - Rodrigo de Santiago, musician (d. 1985)
1908 - Eusebio Cimorra, journalist and writer (d. 2007)
1920 - Rafael Revelles, painter.
1924 - Enrique González Bethencourt, musician and murguero (d. 2010)
1930 - Albert Manent, writer.
1938 - Manuel Calvo Pumpido, businessman and sports director (d. 2007)
1939 - Luis Manuel Cosculluela Montaner, politician.
1940 - Alberto Miralles, dramatist (d. 2004)
1943 - Julio Iglesias, who shot to fame in Spain when he won the Benidorm Song Festival in 1968, and internationally, when he took part in the Eurovision Song Contest held in Brussels in 1970.
1949 - Juan Manuel Asensi, footballer.
1949 - Quini, footballer.
1956 - Andoni Goikoetxea, footballer.
1957 - Mikel Cabieces, politician.
1957 - Ignacio Gil Lázaro, politician.
1958 - Tito Alcedo, guitarist.
1959 - Fernando Romay, basketball player.
1960 - Luis Moya, race car co-pilot.
1963 - Sonia Martinez, actress and presenter.
1968 - José Ignacio González Moreno, documentary filmmaker, writer and journalist.
1971 - Lara Dibildos, actress and TV presenter.
1972 - Mateo Gil, director and screenwriter.
1974 - Félix Mantilla, tennis player.
1975 - Demetrio Lozano, handball player.
1995 - Patrick Criado, guitarist and actor.

1461 - Carlos de Viana, King of Navarra was the son of King John II of Aragon and Queen Blanche I of Navarre (b. 1421)
1604 - Gabriel Vazquez, Jesuit and theologian (b. 1549 or 1551)
1633 - Gregory Arce de Sevilla, magistrate and colonial official.
1633 - Juan de Torres Osorio, Catalan religious man (b 1562)
1706 - Ana Francisca de Borja y Doria, aristocrat (b. 1640)
1836 - Maria Malibran, Franco-Spanish singer of opera.
1870 - Valeriano Domínguez Bécquer, painter (b. 1833)
1900 - Arsenio Martínez Campos, soldier and politician (b. 1831)
1912 - María Teresa de Borbón, infanta of Spain (b. 1882)
1936 - Rafael Salazar Alonso, politician (b. 1895)
1970 - Esteban de Bilbao Eguía, politician (b. 1879)
1988 - Luis Losada, journalist (b. 1929)
1992 - Mary Santpere, actress.
2007 - Pepe Marchena (bailaor), flamenco dander (b. 1941)
2008 - Pedro Masó, director and producer of cinema. (b. 1927)
2015 - Carlos Álvarez-Nóvoa, actor and director (b. 1940)
2011 - Josep Maria Sarriegui, journalist (b. 1961)