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Spain (Spanish: España, [esˈpaɲa] (listen)) or the Kingdom of Spain (Reino de España), is a country in southwestern Europe with parts of territory in the Atlantic Ocean and across the Mediterranean Sea. The largest part of Spain is situated on the Iberian Peninsula; its territory also includes the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla, and several minor overseas territories also scattered along the Moroccan coast of the Alboran Sea. The country's mainland is bordered to the south by Gibraltar; to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea; to the north by France, Andorra and the Bay of Biscay; and to the west by Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean.

With an area of 505,990 km2 (195,360 sq mi), Spain is the largest country in Southern Europe, the second-largest country in Western Europe and the European Union, and the fourth-largest country by area on the European continent. With a population exceeding 47.4 million, Spain is the sixth-most populous country in Europe, and the fourth-most populous country in the European Union. Spain's capital and largest city is Madrid; other major urban areas include Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Zaragoza, Málaga, Murcia, Palma de Mallorca, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Bilbao. (Full article...)

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Sebastián Francisco de Miranda y Rodríguez (March 28, 1750 – July 14, 1816), commonly known as Francisco de Miranda, was a Venezuelan revolutionary. Although his own plans for the independence of the Spanish American colonies failed, he is regarded as a forerunner of Simón Bolívar, who during the South American wars of independence successfully liberated a vast portion of South America. Miranda led a romantic and adventurous life. An idealist, he developed a visionary plan to liberate and unify all of Spanish America. His military initiatives failed in 1812, and he was handed over to his enemies, dying four years later in a Spanish prison dungeon. Within fourteen years of his death, most of Spanish America was independent.

Born and raised in Caracas, Miranda was the son of a wealthy merchant from the Canary Islands, a region of Spain. He traveled throughout Europe, becoming a social sensation and garnering support for the independence of Spanish America. He had made friends with many important leaders and political figures throughout Europe, such as British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger, and Catherine the Great of Russia, with whom supposedly he had an affair (most historians do not give much credence to the affair story). In the American Revolutionary War, he commanded Spanish troops aiding American insurgents in Florida and Mississippi. In the United States, he met George Washington, Thomas Paine, Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Jefferson. He had a home in London, where he married a British lady and had two children. During this time he met Colonel William S. Smith secretary to John Adams's American Legation.

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20 May 2022 – 2022 monkeypox outbreak
Spain confirms 30 monkeypox cases, becoming the country with the most reported cases. (La Vanguardia)
20 May 2022 –
An unusually strong and early heat wave increases temperatures above 40 °C (104 °F) in Spain. Seville records a temperature of 40.8 °C (105.4 °F), tying its all-time high for May, while the hottest settlement, Andújar, records a temperature of 41.8 °C (107.2 °F). Several settlements in France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and western Austria beat all-time high records for the month. (La Vanguardia) (The Guardian) (SRF) (RTS) (ORF)
19 May 2022 – 2022 monkeypox outbreak
Spain has confirmed the diagnoses of seven monkeypox cases, with many others still being tested, amid an unusual outbreak in Europe. (AP)
18 May 2022 – 2022 monkeypox outbreak
Spain says that it is monitoring eight potential monkeypox cases. (CTV News)

16 May 2022 –
One person is killed and 85 others are injured after a cargo train collides with a passenger train in Catalonia, Spain. (AP)
8 May 2022 – 2022 Mutua Madrid Open – Men's singles
Carlos Alcaraz defeats defending champion Alexander Zverev to win the men's singles tennis title at the 2022 Mutua Madrid Open. (BBC Sport)

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