April 23rd in Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries


This page lists historical and other events on April 23rd in Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries as well as festivals and a list of births and deaths of well-known Catalans.


1853 - The Orfeó Barcelonès is founded.

1925 - Francesc Macià emits the Emprèstit Pau Claris to finance the invasion from Prats de Molló.

1962 - Barcelona: Edicions 62 publishes its first book: Nosaltres, els valencians by Joan Fuster.

1976 - Barcelona: The first issue of the newspaper Avui is published.

2014 - Regular broadcasts of El Punt Avui TV begin.


1896 - Cubelles (el Garraf): Charlie Rivel, clown (m. 1983).

1907 - Sabadell: Pau Alguersuari i Pascual, Catalan factory owner, textile theorist and inventor.

1957 - Barcelona: Jordi Martínez de Foix i Llorenç, Catalan independence activist and socialist, killed handling explosives (died 1978).

1988 - Sant Cugat del Vallès, Vallès Occidental: Marta Palau, skier.


1981 - Llofriu, Baix Empordà: Josep Pla, Catalan writer (born 1897).

1999 - Figueres, Alt Empordà: Maria Àngels Anglada i d'Abadal, poet, novelist.

2014 - Tortosa: Gerard Vergés i Príncep, Catalan pharmacist, university professor, poet and essayist.

2014 - Barcelona: Antoni Maria Oriol Tataret, professor of theology, specialist in Church Social Doctrine and activist of the Federació de Cristians de Catalunya.

2015 - Girona, el Gironès: Ricard Masó i Llunes, geographer, building engineer, politician and cultural activist (born 1936).

2016 - Barcelona: Esteve Polls i Condom, actor and theatre director.

Festivals and Commemorations

April 23rd is La Diada de Sant Jordi, who is the patron saint of Catalonia. It is a very special day on which lovers give books and roses to each other so you'll find the streets lined with rose sellers and most towns and villages also have a book fair.

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