June is a particularly interesting month in Catalonia. Here you will find the major historical events and festivals listed as well as birth and death anniversaries of important Catalans.
The weather really could not better than it is in June. The days are sunny and hot and whilst days at the the beach are starting to become a necessity, the evenings are still cool enough to be able to sleep.
The most important Historical Events, Births, Deaths and Festivals and Commemorations in June in Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries are listed below and if you scroll down to the bottom of the page you will find links to more detailed pages dedicated to each day of the month.
Many of the sayings associated with June in Catalonia focus on the onset of summer, which begins on El Dia de Sant Joan on June 24th .
The one of chosen to illustrate the month is about summer and is "Al Juny, L'Estiu No És Tan Lluny" (In June, Summer isn't far away).
June 2nd 1442 - Naples: Alfons the Magnanimous conquers the Kingdom of Naples after 6 months of siege.
June 5th 1907 - Vila de Gràcia: Club Esportiu Europa, as it is known today, is founded in 1907, following the merger of two modest clubs (Provençal and Madrid de Barcelona).
June 6th 1808 - El Bruc, Province of Barcelona: The first combat of El Bruc (Peninsular War) becomes the first popular victory against French occupation (thanks to the legendary intervention of El Timbaler or Drummer Boy of Bruc).
June 7th 1640 - Barcelona: The revolt of the reapers against the Castilian troops, knowns as the Corpus de Sang or Corpus of Blood, begins (The Reapers' War).
June 7th 1926 - Barcelona: A line 30 tram runs down the architect Antoni Gaudí on the corner of Gran Via and Carrer Bailèn. The injuries he suffered would result in his death three days later.
June 7th 2005 - Barcelona: Ciutadans de Catalunya presents its foundational manifesto "Per la constitució d'un nou partit polític a Catalunya".
June 12th 1897 - Barcelona: Pere Romeu opens Els Quatre Gats.
June 15th 1977 - Països Catalans: The Spanish General Elections of 1977 are the first free direct and secret elections with universal suffrage since the Second Republic. PSC is the most votedparty in Catalonia, PSOE in País Valencià and UCD in the Balearic Islands.
June 20th 1705 - Genoa, Italy: During the War of the Spanish Succession, Antoni de Peguera, for Catalonia, and Mitford Crowe, representing Queen Anne of England, sign the treaty by which the English give their support to the Catalans fighting in favour of Archduke Charles of Austria.
June 3rd 1986 - Manacor, Mallorca: Rafael Nadal, professional tennis player.
June 6th 1910 - Girona: Jaume Vicens i Vives, Catalan historian, writer, university professor and publisher.
June 9th 1930 - Barcelona: Jordi Pujol i Soley, Catalan politician, president of the Generalitat de Catalunya between 1980 and 2003.
June 11th 1838 - Reus, Baix Camp: Marià Fortuny, Catalan painter (died 1874).
June 23rd 1860 - Barcelona: Joan Llimona i Bruguera, Catalan painter (died 1926).
June 10th 1988 - Barcelona: Josep Tarradellas i Joan, 125th President of the Generalitat of Catalonia.
June 10th 1902 - Vil·la Joana, Vallvidrera, Province of Barcelona: Jacint Verdaguer, Catalan priest and the greatest poet of La Renaixença.
June 10th 1926 - Barcelona: Antoni Gaudí, Catalan architect, three days after being run down by a tram.
June 13th 1931 - Aranjuez (Spain): Santiago Rusiñol i Prats, Catalan artist and journalist.
June 20th 1904 - Barcelona: Valentí Almirall i Llozer, Catalan lawyer, journalist and politician, considered the father of modern Catalanism (63 years old).
June 20th 1937 - Province of Madrid: Andreu Nin, leader of the Partit Obrer d'Unificació Marxista (POUM), probably assassinated by Soviet agents (45 years old).