This page lists historical and other events on January 1st in Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries as well as festivals and a list of births and deaths of well-known Catalans.
1871 - Barcelona: The first issue of the magazine La Renaixença is published.
1881 - Barcelona: The first issue of the newspaper La Vanguardia is published.
1900 - Barcelona: The first exhibition by Pablo Ruiz Picasso is held at Els Quatre Gats organised by the group of artists led by Santiago Rusiñol and Ramon Casas.
1976 - Barcelona: A demonstration on Salón Victor Pradera (now Passeig Lluís Companys), which failed receive authorisation from the Governador Civil, Sanchez Teran. On Passeig de Sant Joan the large number of demonstrators who gathered are broken up by the armed police and the demonstration spread to the centre of Barcelona. The Assemblea de Catalunya had showed its capacity for mobilisation. Later the Governador Civil de Barcelona admitted that between 30 and 35,000 people had been on the demonstration.
1984 - Mequinensa (el Baix Cinca): un group of mayors sign the Declaration of Mequinensa, a document that accepts that the Catalan language spoken in the Franja de Ponent belongs to Aragon's cultural heritage.
2008 - Pau Gasol is transferred from Memphis to Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, and the rights to his brother Marc Gasol.
1208 - Montpeller, Occitània: Jaume I the Conqueror.
1851- Corbera d'Ebre, Terra Alta: Jaume Ferran i Clua, inventor of a vaccine against cholera.
1873 - Figueres, Empordà: Josep Pous i Pagès, Catalan writer (died 1952)
1917 - Barcelona: José Luis Sampedro, escriptor, humanista i economista espanyol (died April 7th 2013 aged 96).
1918 - Tarragona: Montserrat Abelló i Soler, Catalan poet and translator.
1953 - Benicarló, Baix Maestrat: Àngel (Pitxi) Alonso, footballer, coach and manager of the Catalonia national team.
1978 - Barcelona: Domènec Guansé i Salesas, Catalan journalist, novelist and translator.
1995 - Mataró: Jaume Perich, Catalan humoristic illustrator (born 1941).
2004 - Molins de Rei, Baix Llobregat: Josep Maria Madorell i Muntané, Catalan puppeteer.
2007 - Barcelona: Delfí Abella Gibert, member of Els Setze Jutges and Catalan psychiatrist.