• Born date: 1892-12-04
  • Born in: Restoration (Spain)
  • Death date: 1975-11-20
  • Death in: Restoration (Spain)
Francisco Franco

Francisco Franco Bahamonde (Spanish pronunciation: [fɾanˈθisko ˈfɾaŋko βa(a)ˈmonde]; 4 December 1892 – 20 November 1975) was the dictator of Spain from 1939 to his death in 1975. Coming from a military background, he became the youngest general in Europe in the 1920s.A conservative, he was shocked when the monarchy was removed and replaced with a democratic republic in 1931. With the 1936 elections, the conservatives fell and the leftist Popular Front came to power.