75 Years Ago Today: Francisco Franco’s Fascist Conquest of Spain Begins

It was on this day in 1936 when Francisco Franco (born Francisco Paulino Hermenegildo Teódulo Franco y Bahamonde, 4 December 1892 – 20 November 1975) led Spanish military forces in the Canary Islands in a coup d’etat against the Second Spanish Republic, Spain’s government at the time.

His Excellency, Generalisimo Francisco Franco (center, marching)

The coup failed and launched the Spanish Civil War were right-wing groups (Bando Nacional, FE de las JONS, CEDA, Carlistas)  led by Franco fought and eventually overthrew the left-wing government of Spain (Frente Popular composed of PSOE, PCE, POUM, Banda Republicana) in 1939.

Spanish History Channel documentary La España de Franco (Franco’s Spain).

Franco then ruled Spain as dictator until his death in 1975.

Franco’s burial.

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