This week’s notable deaths included the co-founder of the Sequoia Fund; the last surviving creator of the American Football League and owner of the Buffalo Bills; a former U.S. secretary of defense; the prime minister of Spain who led the country from dictatorship to democracy; and a former New Yorker staff writer who wrote about the horrors of war.
Spain began funeral ceremonies for Adolfo Suarez, the prime minister who in the 1970s led the nation into democracy from dictatorship. The government declared three days of mourning with state flags at half mast.
Adolfo Suarez, the prime minister who led Spain from dictatorship to democracy and became its first elected premier after the death of Francisco Franco, has died, Spanish state-owned broadcaster RTVE said. He was 81.
Five days before Christmas, ex-Deputy Prime Minister Rodrigo Rato was asked by a prosecutor probing the collapse of Bankia SA whether he’d done business with Jaime Castellanos, chairman of Lazard Ltd.’s Spanish unit.
The most famous painting of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica,” commemorates the bombing of the small Spanish town on April 26, 1937, by the German air force, in support of General Francisco Franco’s fascists in the Spanish Civil War. Hard to believe, but this was history’s first extensive bombing of a civilian population.