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  • Canary Island of Tenerife, Spain
    Sunday Mar 27, 1977

    Plane Accidents

    Tenerife disaster

    Canary Island of Tenerife, Spain
    Sunday Mar 27, 1977

    The Tenerife airport disaster, which occurred on March 27, 1977, remains the accident with the highest number of airliner passenger fatalities. 583 people died when a KLM Boeing 747 attempted to take off without flight clearance and collided with a taxiing Pan Am 747 at Los Rodeos Airport on the Canary Island of Tenerife, Spain. There were no survivors from the KLM aircraft and only 61 of the 396 passengers and crew on the Pan Am aircraft survived. Pilot error was the primary cause, as the KLM captain began his takeoff run without obtaining air traffic control clearance




  • Madrid, Spain
    Saturday May 14, 1977

    Juan Carlos I

    His Father formally renounced his claim to the throne

    Madrid, Spain
    Saturday May 14, 1977

    Further legitimacy was restored to Juan Carlos's position on 14 May 1977, when his father (whom many monarchists had recognized as the legitimate, exiled King of Spain during the Franco era) formally renounced his claim to the throne and recognized his son as the sole head of the Spanish Royal House, transferring to him the historical heritage of the Spanish monarchy, thus making Juan Carlos both de facto and de jure king in the eyes of the traditional monarchists.




  • Zarzuela Palace, Carretera del Pardo, Madrid, Spain
    Friday May 20, 1977

    Juan Carlos I

    Endorsement of The Monarchy From Spain's Political Left

    Zarzuela Palace, Carretera del Pardo, Madrid, Spain
    Friday May 20, 1977

    On 20 May 1977, the leader of the only recently legalized Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE), Felipe González, accompanied by Javier Solana, visited Juan Carlos in the Zarzuela Palace. The event represented a key endorsement of the monarchy from Spain's political left, who had been historically republican. Left-wing support for the monarchy grew when the Communist Party of Spain was legalized shortly thereafter, a move Juan Carlos had pressed for, despite enormous right-wing military opposition at that time, during the Cold War.




  • Spain
    Wednesday Jun 15, 1977

    Juan Carlos I

    The First post-Franco Democratic Elections

    Spain
    Wednesday Jun 15, 1977

    On 15 June 1977, Spain held its first post-Franco democratic elections.




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