2 March 1974 – Salvador Puig Antich

Salvador Puig AntichCatalan activist Salvador Puig Antich was executed for murder during Franco’s right-wing dictatorship.

Copped a shot

Born in Barcelona, Antich’s anarchic actions during the ’60s and ’70s were in response to the fascist regimen that had gripped Spain under General Franco. There was a shoot-out and he was captured, but not before a Guardia Civil policeman copped a fatal shot.

Keen to fit someone up for the murder, the blame fell on Antich. He was court martialled and found guilty of the crime – the sentence was death.


Supporters Europe wide called for the penalty to be overturned, but Franco was steadfast in his resolve to have Antich executed.

The 25-year-old was unceremoniously garrotted in his cell at about 9:40am on this day in 1974.

Also on this day

2 March 1946 – Fidél Pálffy ab Erdod
2 March 1909 – Ernest Hutchinson

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