Francisco Franco

1892 - 1975

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Francisco Franco Bahamonde (Spanish: [fɾanˈθisko ˈfɾaŋko βa.aˈmonde]; 4 December 1892 – 20 November 1975) was a Spanish military general who led the Nationalist forces in overthrowing the Second Spanish Republic during the Spanish Civil War and thereafter ruled over Spain from 1939 to 1975 as a dictator, assuming the title Caudillo. This period in Spanish history, from the Nationalist victory to Franco's death, is commonly known as Francoist Spain or as the Francoist dictatorship. Born in Ferrol, Galicia, into an upper-class military family, Franco served in the Spanish Army as a cadet in the Toledo Infantry Academy from 1907 to 1910. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Francisco Franco has received more than 12,838,832 page views. His biography is available in 113 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 106 in 2019). Francisco Franco is the 79th most popular politician (up from 85th in 2019), the 8th most popular biography from Spain (up from 10th in 2019) and the most popular Spanish Politician.

Francisco Franco was a Spanish general and dictator who ruled Spain from 1939 until his death in 1975. He is most famous for the 36-year period of authoritarian rule during which he suppressed any opposition to his rule.

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Among politicians, Francisco Franco ranks 79 out of 19,576Before him are Narendra Modi, Nicolae Ceaușescu, Nicholas II of Russia, Mehmed the Conqueror, Napoleon II, and Ahmed I. After him are Caligula, Uthman, Selim I, Harald V of Norway, Nebuchadnezzar II, and Giuseppe Garibaldi.

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Among people born in 1892, Francisco Franco ranks 3Before him are J. R. R. Tolkien, and Josip Broz Tito. After him are Manfred von Richthofen, Ivo Andrić, Walter Benjamin, Zita of Bourbon-Parma, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Haile Selassie, Alexander Alekhine, Pearl S. Buck, and Ryūnosuke Akutagawa. Among people deceased in 1975, Francisco Franco ranks 1After him are Hannah Arendt, Dmitri Shostakovich, Chiang Kai-shek, Ivo Andrić, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Umm Kulthum, Aristotle Onassis, Otto Skorzeny, Haile Selassie, Josephine Baker, and Arnold J. Toynbee.

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In Spain

Among people born in Spain, Francisco Franco ranks 8 out of 3,355Before him are Salvador Dalí (1904), Miguel de Cervantes (1547), Antoni Gaudí (1852), Francisco Goya (1746), Seneca the Younger (-4), and Averroes (1126). After him are Diego Velázquez (1599), Trajan (53), Philip II of Spain (1527), Hernán Cortés (1485), Hadrian (76), and Theodosius I (340).


Among politicians born in Spain, Francisco Franco ranks 1After him are Trajan (53), Philip II of Spain (1527), Hadrian (76), Theodosius I (340), Isabella I of Castile (1451), Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor (1503), Joanna of Castile (1479), Charles II of Spain (1661), Philip IV of Spain (1605), Ferdinand II of Aragon (1452), and Philip III of Spain (1578).