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17th January 1966 an American plane crashed near the Spanish village of Palomares. What was the valuable cargo?
Four thermonuclear bombs. The 1966 Palomares B-52 crash, or the Palomares incident, occurred when a B-52G bomber of the United States Air Force's Strategic Air Command collided with a KC-135 tanker during mid-air refuelling at 31,000 feet (9,450 m) over the Mediterranean Sea. Of the four Mk28-type hydrogen bombs the B-52G carried, three were found on land, and one in the sea. The non-nuclear explosives in two of the weapons detonated upon impact with the ground, resulting in the contamination of a 2-square-kilometer (490-acre) area by plutonium.
There are about 90 examples of the bull set up irregularly throughout Spain. What were they originally used for?
As advertisements of brandy. The Osborne sherry company erected large images of bulls starting in 1956 to advertise their Brandy de Jerez. In 1994 a law that prohibited all roadside advertising of alcoholic beverages came into being; as a result of the protests, bulls have not been liquidated, have become a part of the landscape and have "aesthetic or cultural significance".
What do the pillars visible on the Spanish flag symbolize?
Pillars of Hercules. The pillars of Hercules are rocks which are at the west flank of Mediterranean Sea: Rock of Gibraltar at the European side and Mount Moses ("Jebel Musa") at the African side. Colours of the flag are not officially explained. Colloquially, it is claimed that their meaning is: red - blood of a toreador, and yellow - the sand of the arena.
What is the name of that former Real Madrid player?
Julio Iglesias was a goalkeeper for Real Madrid's reserve team. His football career was ruined when he was involved in a serious automobile accident, due to which he was unable to walk for two years. During his hospitalization, a nurse gave him a guitar so that he could recover the dexterity of his hands. In learning to play, he discovered his musical talent.
Where is sherry produced?
In Spain. Sherry is a fortified wine made from white grapes that are grown near the city of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalusia, Spain. The word "Sherry" is an anglicisation of Xeres (Jerez). Sherry was previously known as sack, from the Spanish saca, meaning "extraction" from the solera.
Where was El Greco born?
Crete. El Greco (Dominikos Theotokopoulos) born in either the village of Fodele or Candia (present day Heraklion) on Crete in 1541. He went to Venice around 1567. In 1577, El Greco migrated to Madrid, then to Toledo, where he produced his mature works.
Not including Andorra, which European capital is located at the highest altitude?
Madrid. Due to its altitude of 667 m (2,188 ft) above sea level, The Madrid region features a Mediterranean climate with cool winters, including sporadic snowfalls and minimum temperatures often below freezing.
Where is the famous Fallen Angel sculpture?
In Madrid. The Fountain of the Fallen Angel by Ricardo Bellver (1845–1924) is the only well known public monument of the devil. It was erected in 1922 in Retiro Park in Madrid. The sculpture was inspired by a passage from John Milton's Paradise Lost and represents Lucifer falling from Heaven.
The Temple of Debod is one of the tourist attractions of Madrid. Who built it?
Egyptians. In 1960, due to the construction of the Great Dam of Aswan and the consequent threat posed to several monuments and archeological sites, UNESCO made an international call to save this rich historical legacy. As a sign of gratitude for the help provided by Spain in saving the temples of Abu Simbel, the Egyptian state donated the temple of Debod to Spain in 1968.