Today in Basque History: Truce of Orthez, End of Civil War, Basque Cyclist Born

1513: An agreement is signed between Ferdinand the Catholic and Louis XII of France. Mistakenly referred to as the Truce of Orthez, Louis XII agrees to abandon the cause of the dethroned king of Nafarroa Juan de Albret. Ferdinand the Catholic orders the Marquis of Comares to occupy all of Behe-Nafarroa.

1939: General Franco officially ends the Spanish Civil War, after the fall of Madrid, the last city still resisting the Nationalist forces. Franco proclaimed victory via a radio broadcast. After the war, there were harsh reprisals against Franco’s former enemies.

1977-04-011977: Haimar Zubeldia, cyclist, is born in Usurbil, Gipuzkoa. He debuted as a professional in March, 1998, as part of the Euskadi-Euskaltel team. In 2003, his third time participating in the Tour de France, he finished in fifth place.

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