Juan Carlos I Biography
(King of Spain (1975-2014))
Birthday: January 5, 1938 (Capricorn)
Born In: Rome, Italy
Juan Carlos I was the King of Spain and he served in that capacity for 39 years, ending his reign on his own accord in the year 2014. When Juan Carlos was born, his family was in exile in Italy after General Franco became the head of the country and it was not until his teen that he was able to get back to Spain after Franco gave the permission. He was educated in Spain and went to the military academies in the country before he was recognised as the Prince. Juan Carlos was able to win the trust of General Franco and walked a thin line as his favourable relations with the General led to him being made the king. After the death of Franco, Juan Carlos ushered in a liberal democracy in Spain and after years of dictatorial control, the people of Spain were able to live in a democracy due to his efforts. Juan Carlos showed his liberal credentials throughout his reign as he signed off the laws in relation to same sex marriage and abortion while on the other hand he quelled military coupes which might have threatened the democratic fabric of the country.