Juan Carlos de Borbon y Borbon

Born: Jan 05, 1938 AD
Currently alive, at 77 years of age.

Nationality: Spanish
Categories: King

1938 - Born on the 5th of January in Rome.

1948 - He moved to Spain to be educated there after his father persuaded Franco to allow this.

1954 - He began his studies in San Sebastián and finished them at the San Isidro Institute in Madrid.

1955-1957 - He then joined the army, undergoing officer training in Zaragoza.

         - Juan Carlos was 18, he reportedly shot and killed his younger brother, Infante Alfonso, in a gunplay accident after returning home from Mass.

1957 - He spent a year in the naval school at Pontevedra and another in the air force school in San Javier in Murcia.

1961 - He graduated from the Complutense University, majoring in Political and International Law, Economics and Public Administration. He then went to live in the Zarzuela Palace, and began carrying out official duties.

1969 - Juan Carlos was officially designated heir and was given the new title of Prince of Spain.

1975 - On the 22nd of November, two days after the death of Francisco Franco, Juan Carlos was designated King according to the law of succession promulgated by Franco.

1977 - On the 20th of May, the leader of the only-recently legalized Spanish Socialist Workers' Party Felipe González, accompanied by Javier Solana, visited Juan Carlos in the Zarzuela Palace.

1978 - Juan Carlos relinquished absolute power and became a reigning but non-ruling monarch.

1979 - King Juan Carlos I instituted the Ruta de Quetzal as a way to promote cultural exchange between students from Spain and Latin America.

1987 - He became the first King of Spain to visit the former Spanish possession of Puerto Rico.

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