This page lists historical and other events on May 12th in Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries as well as festivals and a list of births and deaths of well-known Catalans.
1810 - Hostalric, Catalonia: After 6 months of siege by Napoleonic troops, 800 soldiers from the Castle of Hostalric managed to escape.
1939 - Barcelona: The execution of Francisco Javier Elola y Díaz Varela, magistrate of the Supreme Court of the Second Spanish Republic.
1980 - Barcelona: Catalan novelist Mercè Rodoreda receives the Premi d'Honor de les Lletres Catalanes.
2012 - PortAventura: Opening of the new rollercoaster, Shambhala: Expedició a l'Himàlaia, which breaks three records, the highest rollercoaster in Europe (76 metres), the rollercoaster with the longest drop in Europe (78 metres) and the longest (1650 metres) and fastest (134 km/h) hypercoaster.
1737 - Girona: Francesc Dorca, religiós, Girona historian and intellectual.
1753 - València: Agustí Esteve i Marquès, Valencian painter.
1900 - Barcelona: Pere Puig i Adam, Catalan teacher and mathematician.
1904 - Barcelona: Miquel Coll i Alentorn, Catalan politician, President of the Parliament of Catalonia.
1930 - Cornellà de Llobregat: Joan Carrera i Planas, Catalan Catholic cleric, Auxiliary Bishop of Barcelona.
1981 - Vic: Josep Maria Roca i Bigas, Club Patí Vic player.
1913 - Barcelona, Catalonia: Enriqueta Martí i Ripollés, kidnapper, madam and serial killer of children (born 1868).
2002 - Ciutat d'Eivissa, Illa d'Eivissa: Marià Villangómez, Ibiza poet and translator (born 1913).