January 21st in Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries


This page lists historical and other events on January 21st in Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries as well as festivals and a list of births and deaths of well-known Catalans.


1287 - Mahon, Menorca: A Catalan army, commanded by Ximenes de Ayerbe, pacts the surrender of Abu Umar ibn Said, the moixerif of Menorca. This brings the conquest of Menorca and the Catalan occupation of the island to an end.

1464 - Barcelona: Pere the Constable of Portugal arrives bringing hope of help against Joan II the Faithless.

1932 - Llobregat and Cardener basins: A revolutionary general strike is declared.

2006 - The president of the Spanish government, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, and leader of CiU, Artur Mas meet in La Moncloa to agree on modifications on the text of the Catalan Stutute of Autonomy or Estatut passed by the Parliament of Catalonia.


1901 - Barcelona: Ricard Zamora, Catalan goalkeeper, who played for FC Barcelona and RCD Español (died 1978).

1918 - Barcelona (Barcelonès): Miquel Asins Arbó, composer and conductor (died 1996).

1933 - Barcelona (Barcelonès): Julieta Serrano i Romero, Catalan theatre and film actress.

1937 - Vilassar de Mar (Maresme): Ernest Lluch, economist and Spanish Minister of Health (died 2000).


259 - Tarragona (Tarragonès): Sant Fructuós, first Bishop of Tàrraco and his deacons, Auguri and Eulogi.

1884 - Reus: Martina Castells i Ballespí, Catalan doctor, first woman to gain a doctorate in Spain.

1911 - Sant Martí d'Albera (l'Albera): Manel Costa (Emmanuel Coste), Catalan preacher and poet (born 1822).

1917 - Alberic (Ribera Alta): Francesc Badenes i Dalmau, Valencian poet (born 1859).

1939 - Barcelona (Barcelonès): CNT activist Rafael Torres Escartín is executed by firing squad. He had been interned in a psychiatric hospital since 1931 and was taken out by fascist troops to be executed.

1942 - Madrid: Jaume Girabau, Catalan communist politician, executed by the Francoist dictatorship.

2002 - Madrid: Adolfo Marsillach i Soriano, Catalan actor, theatre director and writer (born 1928).

Festivals and Commemorations

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