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40 years ago, tanks were rolling through Valencia

On February 23rd 1981, an attempted coup d'état against the nascent democracy, popularly known as 23-F and headed by Lieutenant-Colonel Antonio Tejero Molina (born 1932), took place in Spain. It was the second failed try to stop the transition process after the death of Generalissimo Francisco Franco in 1975 following Operación Galaxia, the codename given to the plan which preceded this botched operation...

40 years ago, tanks were rolling through Valencia

On February 23rd 1981, an attempted coup d'état against the nascent democracy, popularly known as 23-F and headed by Lieutenant-Colonel Antonio Tejero Molina (born 1932), took place in Spain. It was the second failed try to stop the transition process after the death of Generalissimo Francisco Franco in 1975 following Operación Galaxia, the codename given to the plan which preceded this botched operation and was supposed to be executed on November 17th, 1978. More than two years later, in the early evening hours, Tejero led around 200 of his armed Guardia Civil (Civil Guard) comrades into the Congress of Deputies during the vote to elect Leopoldo...

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