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20/05/1506
Christopher Columbus dies in poverty in Spain
20/09/1519
Ferdinand Magellan sets sail from Spain in an attempt to find a western route to Indonesia.
14/10/1784
King Ferdinand VII of Spain is born
21/10/1805
The British fleet commanded by Admiral Horatio Nelson defeats the combined French and Spanish fleets in the Battle of Trafalgar off the coast of Spain. Nelson was mortally wounded at the height of the battle and died later.
25/10/1881
Spanish artist Pablo Picasso is born
21/02/1893
Andres Segovia, the Spanish classical guitarist who established the guitar as an important concert instrument, is born
24/06/1901
Nineteen year old Spanish artist Pablo Picasso exhibits in Paris to critical acclaim
11/05/1904
Surrealist painter Salvador Dali is born in Figueras, Spain
18/07/1936
General Francisco Franco leads an uprising of troops in Spanish North Africa to begin the Spanish Civil War
01/10/1936
General Francisco Franco assumes the role of Head of State of Spain.
26/01/1939
Barcelona falls to the forces of General Francisco Franco
28/03/1939
The Spanish Civil War ends as Madrid falls to the forces of General Francisco Franco
20/12/1973
Spain's prime minister Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco is killed by a car bomb attack in Madrid.
29/10/1975
King Juan Carlos becomes provisional head of state in Spain ending 36 years rule by General Francisco Franco.
20/11/1975
General Francisco Franco dies at the age of 82, he had ruled Spain for 39 years.
27/03/1977
At least 560 people die when two jumbo jets collide on a runway in the popular holiday destination of Tenerife.
06/12/1978
The Spanish population turn out to vote in a national referendum on the proposed new constitution for Spain. King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia support the proposal and are among the first to vote.
23/02/1981
Soldiers and members of the Civil Guard storm the Spanish Parliament threatening the fledgling democracy, once ruled by dictator General Franco.
10/09/1981
The anti-war mural 'Guernica' painted by Pablo Picasso is returned to the city of Guernica, the city whose suffering during the Spanish Civil War inspired the painting.
28/10/1982
Spain's Socialist Party led by Felipe Gonzalez wins a landslide victory in the general election
01/01/1986
Spain is admitted to the European Community
04/01/1987
Spanish classical guitarist Andres Segovia begins his final tour of America.
23/01/1989
Surrealist painter Salvador Dali dies.
05/11/1991
The body of missing tycoon Robert Maxwell is found in the sea off Tenerife.
25/07/1992
The Olympics open in Barcelona with all countries represented for the first time in modern history.
09/08/1992
The Olympics close in Barcelona with Russia at the top of the Medal table
11/03/2004
At least 170 people are killed after ten powerful explosions tear through three Madrid train stations during the morning rush-hour.
03/04/2004
Five suspects in the Madrid bombing blow themselves up when surrounded by police.
25/09/2005
Fernando Alonso becomes the youngest Formula One World Champion.
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