February 20th in Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries

This page lists historical and other events on February 20th in Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries as well as festivals and a list of births and deaths of well-known Catalans.


1274 - Vila-real: Jaume I concedes the Carta de Població to the town.

1712 - Madrid: Secret instructions are given corregidors in Catalan territory: They should be more careful when introducing the Castilian language so that the Catalan won't notice it being imposed on them and so accept it more easily.

2003 - Barcelona: The President of the Generalitat, Pasqual Maragall names Josep Bargalló (until then Conseller d'Ensenyament) Conseller en Cap (position that from March 17th 2005 would be Conseller Primer) and Marta Cid, Consellera d'Ensenyament.

2005 - Espanya: The referendum on the ratification of the European Constitution.

2012 - València: A student demonstration in the centre of València in protest against the education cuts by the Generalitat Valenciana is met with disproportionate violence by the police ending in 20 arrests and 16 injured, some minors, which marks the start of a series of massive mobilisations in the País Valencià known as the Valencian Spring.


1868 - Gràcia, província de Barcelona: Pompeu Fabra, Catalan philologist, principal impulsor of the ortographic reform of 1913 (died 1948).

1980 - Mollet del Vallès, Vallès Oriental: Neus Ballús, film director and screenwriter.


1974 - Barcelona: Alfons Vila i Piqué, businessman and composer (born 1890).

2010 - Barcelona: Ricard Palmerola, Catalan radiofonist and dubbing actor.

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