June 28, 1519 – Charles elected Holy Roman emperor

June 28, 1519 – Charles elected Holy Roman emperor

Charles I of Spain, who by birth already held sway over much of Europe and Spanish America, is elected the successor of his late grandfather, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I.

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May 19, 1588 – Spanish Armada sets sail

May 19, 1588 – Spanish Armada sets sail

A massive Spanish fleet, known as the “Invincible Armada,” sets sail from Lisbon on a mission to secure control of the English Channel and transport a Spanish invasion army to Britain from the Netherlands.

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February 23, 1981 – Spanish rebels storm Parliament

February 23, 1981 – Spanish rebels storm Parliament

In Spain, Lieutenant Colonel Antonio Tejero and 200 members of the civil guard burst into the Cortes in Madrid, firing shots into the air as they take the democratic government of Spain hostage.

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