January 16th in Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries


This page lists historical and other events on January 16th in Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries as well as festivals and a list of births and deaths of well-known Catalans.


1365 - Sa Pobla: The first documented celebration of the festival of Sant Antoni.

1387 - Barcelona: Joan I the Hunter creates the title of Duke of Montblanc, which he concedes to his brother Martí.

1641 - Barcelona: Pau Claris proclaims the Catalan Republic under the protection of the Kingdom of France, although a week later he recognises the sovereignty of Louis XIII, in The Reapers' War.

1716 - Catalunya: The Consell de Castella, in the name of Felipe V, promotes Decree of the Nueva Planta, annexes Catalonia under as the Crown of Castile as a conquered territory under a military administration by abolishing the sovereign institutions.

1930 - Barcelona: The modernista buildings of the Hospital of Santa Creu and Sant Pau open to the public.

1984 - Barcelona: TV3, the first channel of Televisió de Catalunya, begins broadcasting regularly.

2014 - Barcelona: The Parliament of Catalonia passes with 87 votes in favour a petition to the Congrés dels Diputats asking for permission for the Generalitat of Catalonia to hold a referendum on the independence of Catalonia.


1834 - Sabadell: Feliu Crespí i Cirera, textile factory owner and mayor of Sabadell.

1924 - Vinaròs, Baix Maestrat: Eugeni Giner, Valencian comic writer and artist (died 1994).


1726 - Girona: Josep de Taverner i d'Ardena, intellectual and priest who was bishop of Solsona and Girona.

1955 - Carabanchel, Madrid: Gustau Vila i Berguedà, Grapa, Catalan illustrator and caricaturist (born 1893).

1986 - Sabadell, Vallès Occidental: Camil Geis i Parragueras, poet, musician and Catholic priest.

1987 - Sabadell: Andreu Castells i Peig, Catalan painter, historian and publisher.

Festivals and Commemorations

January 16th is the Saints' Day of Sant Honorat, who was Bishop of Arle and lived between AD 350 and 429, and is the reason for a number of winter festivals in the Catalan-speaking countries.

Catalan-speaking countries

  • Festes de Sant Honorat in Algaida (Mallorca)
  • Les Calderes de Sant Honorat a Vinalesa (L'Horta Nord)

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