of the nominally restored Kingdom of Spain from 1947 until his death in November, 1975. He came to power as a prominent member of the far-right Falange movement, although this was for propaganda reasons as he belonged to no political party before becoming Head of State.
1936 Francisco Franco is named head of the Nationalist government of Spain.
1937 Spanish Civil War: The German Condor Legion, equipped with Heinkel He 51 biplanes, arrives in Spain to assist Francisco Franco's forces.
1939 Spanish Civil War: Troops loyal to nationalist General Francisco Franco and aided by Italy take Barcelona.
1939 Spanish Civil War: Generalissimo Francisco Franco conquers Madrid.
1939 Generalísimo Francisco Franco of the Spanish State announces the end of the Spanish Civil War, when the last of the Republican forces surrender.
1975 Prince Juan Carlos becomes Spain's acting head of state, taking over for the country's ailing dictator, Gen. Francisco Franco.
1975 Francisco Franco, Caudillo of Spain, dies after 36 years in power.
1975 Juan Carlos is declared King of Spain following the death of Francisco Franco.
1982 Spanish Socialist Workers' Party wins elections, leading to first Socialist government in Spain after death of Franco. Felipe Gonzalez becomes Prime Minister-elect.
One thing that I am sure of, and which I can answer truthfully, is that whatever the contingencies that may arise here, wherever I am there will be no Communism.
Let us be under no illusion. The Jewish spirit, which was responsible for the alliance of large-scale capital with Karl Marx|Marxism and was the driving force behind so many anti-Spanish revolutionary agreements, will not be got rid of in a day.
The whole secret of the campaigns unleashed against Spain can be explained in two words: Masonry and Communism... we have to extirpate these two evils from our land.
The defence of internal peace and order constitutes the sacred mission of a nation's armed forces and that is what we have carried out.