May 17th in Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries

This page lists historical and other events on May 17th in Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries as well as festivals and a list of births and deaths of well-known Catalans.


1256 - Alcoi, l'Alcoià: The official founding of Alcoi.

1705 - Vic, Osona: Els Vigatans meet at the Hermitage of Sant Sebastià, in the parish of Santa Eulàlia de Riuprimer, with representatives of the allies and sign the Pact of the Vigatans. This would be formalised as the Pact of Genoa against Felipe V of Spain a month later.

1937 - València: Frederica Montseny resigns as Minister of Health of the Second Spanish Republic after the Fets de Maig.

1974 - Badalona (Barcelonès): Fire at the Haissa factory, in which six workers die.

2006 - París, France: Futbol Club Barcelona wins their second Champions League title, by beating Arsenal FC 2-1 with goals from Eto'o and Belletti.


1670 - Barcelona: Josep de Taverner i d'Ardena, intellectual and clergyman, who was Bishop elect of Solsona and Bishop of Girona.

1845 - Folgueroles, Osona: Jacint Verdaguer, Catalan priest and the greatest poet of La Renaixença.

1860 - Tortosa, Baix Ebre: Agustí Querol i Subirats, Catalan sculptor (died 1909).

1873 - la Vall d'Uixó, la Plana Baixa: Estanislao Marco, Valencian composer and guitarist (died 1954).

1927 - Sabadell, Vallès Occidental: Lluïsa Forrellad i Miquel, Catalan writer.

1927 - Sabadell, Vallès Occidental: Francesca Forrellad i Miquel, Catalan writer.

1952 - Cambrils, Baix Camp: Josep-Lluís Carod-Rovira, Catalan politician.

1957 - Alacant: José Joaquín Ripoll Serrano, Valencian politician.


1626 - Barcelona: Joan Pau Pujol, Catalan organist and Renaissance and early Baroque composer (born 1570).

1990 - Barcelona: Antoni Puigvert i Gorro, Catalan urologist (born 1905).

2015 - Barcelona: Montserrat Casals i Couturier, journalist and historian of Catalan literature (born 1952).

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