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King of Spain Juan Carlos I

Other notable deaths


Former Spanish prime minister

Former Prime Minister Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo, who presided during Spain's rocky transition from the fascist dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco to liberal democracy, died yesterday in Madrid. He was 82.

Mr. Calvo Sotelo, Spain's second post-Franco prime minister, governed from February 1981 to December 1982 after predecessor Adolfo Suarez stepped down.

During a vote to approve his premiership, a group of right-wing Civil Guards broke into parliament, fired shots into the ceiling and held lawmakers captive.

Spain held its breath for 17 hours as it watched its nascent democratic institutions paralyzed...