Cypriot History

Historical Events

  • 1489-03-14 The Queen of Cyprus, Catherine Cornaro, sells her kingdom to Venice.
  • 1878-06-04 Cyprus ceded by Turkey to Britain for administrative purposes
  • 1879-04-20 1st mobile home (horse drawn) used in a journey from London & Cyprus
  • 1914-11-02 Great Britain annexes Cyprus
  • 1914-11-05 Britain declares war on Turkey and annexes Cyprus, occupied since 1878; the immediate reason is to keep it from being taken by Turkey
  • 1925-05-01 Cyprus becomes a British Crown Colony
  • 1946-08-13 Britain diverts illegal emmigrants bound for Palestine to Cyprus
  • 1955-03-21 Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus desires Cyprus joining Greece
  • 1955-04-01 EOKA-bomb attacks against British government buildings in Cyprus
  • 1955-11-26 Emergency crisis proclaimed in Cyprus
  • 1956-03-09 Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus arrested & exiled to Seychelles
  • 1956-03-10 General strike in Cyprus protesting exile of archbishop Makarios
  • 1956-08-29 French government routes troops to Cyprus near Suez crisis
  • 1957-03-20 Britain accepts NATO offer to mediate in Cyprus, but Greece rejects it
  • 1957-09-12 Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus visits US
  • 1958-06-07 Battles between Turkish & Greeks Cypriots break out
  • 1958-06-14 British parachutists lands on Cyprus
  • 1959-02-19 Britain, Turkey & Greece sign agreement granting Cyprus independence
  • 1959-03-01 Archbishop Makarios returns to Cyprus after 3 years
  • 1959-12-03 State of emergency in Cyprus ends
  • 1959-12-13 Archbishop Makarios elected 1st president of Cyprus
  • 1959-12-14 Archbishop Makarios proclaimed president of Cyprus
  • 1960-08-16 Britain grants independence to crown colony of Cyprus
  • 1960-09-20 UN General Assembly admit 13 African countries & Cyprus (96 nations)
  • 1961-05-24 Cyprus joins the Council of Europe.
  • 1963-12-24 Greek & Turks riot in Cyprus
  • 1964-02-11 Greek & Turks begin fighting in Limassol, Cyprus
  • 1964-02-12 Fighting breaks out between Turks and Greeks over dispute islands in Cyprus and 16 are killed; the UN responds the following month by sending a peacekeeping force
  • 1964-03-13 Turkey threatens Cyprus with armed attack
  • 1964-03-27 UN troops arrive in Cyprus
  • 1964-08-07 Turkey begins air attack on Greek Cypriots
  • 1967-04-20 A Globe Air Bristol Britannia turboprop crashes at Nicosia, Cyprus, killing 126.
  • 1967-12-29 Turkish-Cypriot government forms in Cyprus
  • 1968-02-25 Makarios re-elected president of Cyprus
  • 1973-04-08 Thirty-two terrorist bombings in Cyprus take place.
  • 1974-07-15 Military coup on Cyprus: archbishop/president Makarios flees
  • 1974-07-20 Turkey invades Cyprus
  • 1974-08-14 Turkish army attacks Nicosia Cyprus
  • 1974-11-01 UN affirms independence of Cyprus
  • 1975-02-13 Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash procliams Turkish-Cypriot Federation
  • 1975-12-07 Archbishop Makarios returns Cyprus
  • 1976-09-04 Palestinians hijack KLM DC-9 to Cyprus
  • 1977-08-31 Spyros Kyprianou appointed president of Cyprus
  • 1978-02-11 EOKA disbands in Cyprus
  • 1978-02-20 Egypt announces it is pulling its diplomats out of Cyprus
  • 1983-11-15 Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus proclaimed
  • 1985-09-25 Palestinian terrorists kill 3 Israeli sailors at Lanaca Cyprus
  • 2001-08-01 Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Malta, Slovenia and Slovakia join the European Environment Agency.
  • 2002-12-13 Enlargement of the European Union: The European Union announces that Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia will become members from May 1, 2004.
  • 2004-05-01 Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia join the European Union, celebrated at the residence of the Irish President in Dublin.
  • 2008-01-01 Malta and Cyprus officially adopt the Euro currency and become the fourteenth and fifteenth Eurozone countries.
  • 2009-09-09 Cyprus enters recession after 0.6% contraction in the first quarter, followed by 0.4% in the second quarter
  • 2013-02-24 Nicos Anastasiades wins the Cypriot presidential election
  • 2013-03-16 A €10 billion Cyprus bailout plan will wipe out 10% of the citizens bank deposits
  • 2013-03-24 A series of emergency meetings in Brussels undertaken to resolve Cyprus’ financial situation
  • 2013-03-28 Banks in Cyprus re-open after having been closed for two weeks; the government agrees a 10 billion euro bailout deal with the EU and IMF

Famous Birthdays

  • 1328-10-09 King Peter I of Cyprus (d. 1369)
  • 1454-11-25 Catherine Cornaro, Queen of Cyprus (d. 1510)
  • 1898-03-23 Georgios Grivas, Greek general/opposition leader on Cyprus
  • 1913-03-25 Sir Reo Stakis, Anglo-Cypriot hotel magnate (d. 2001)
  • 1913-08-13 Makarios III, [Michail Moeskos], archbishop/president Cyprus
  • 1924-01-27 Rauf Denktasj, Turkish-Cypriot politician
  • 1931-05-21 George Vassiliou, president of Cyprus (1988-93)
  • 1934-01-06 Tassos Papadopoulos, president of the Republic of Cyprus
  • 1938-02-26 Evagoras Pallikarides, Cypriot freedom fighter (d. 1957)
  • 1944-06-02 Garo Yepremian, American NFL place kicker (Miami Dolphins), born in Larnaca, Cyprus (d. 2015)
  • 1949-12-17 Sotiris Kaiafas, Cypriot footballer
  • 1957-12-20 Anna Vissi, Greek-Cypriot singer
  • 1958-07-24 Mick Karn [Andonis Michaelides], English musician (Japan), born in Nicosia, Cyprus (d. 2011)
  • 1964-02-05 Alexia, Cypriot singer
  • 1964-10-25 Melinda McGraw, Nicosa Cyprus, actress (Macenzie-Pursuit Of Happiness)
  • 1968-02-25 Evridiki, Greek Cypriot singer
  • 1969-09-19 Alkinoos Ioannidis, Greek-Cypriot singer and composer
  • 1976-02-26 Froso Spyrou, Miss Universe-Cyprus (1996)
  • 1977-04-25 Constantinos Christoforou, Cypriot singer
  • 1978-02-19 Michalis Konstantinou, Greek-Cypriot footballer
  • 1978-06-05 Korina Nikolaou, Miss Cyprus Universe (1997)
  • 1979-11-05 Mihalis Hatzigiannis, Greek-Cypriot songwriter and singer
  • 1981-05-27 Fivos Constantinou, Cypriot distance runner
  • 1984-07-26 Kyriakos Ioannou, Cypriot high jumper
  • 1985-06-17 Marcos Baghdatis, Cypriot professional tennis player

Famous Deaths

  • 1205-04-01 Amalrik II, King of Cyprus/Jerusalem, dies
  • 1284-03-24 King Hugh III of Cyprus
  • 1285-05-20 John II of Jerusalem, King of Cyprus (b. 1259)
  • 1359-10-10 King Hugh IV of Cyprus (b. 1295)
  • 1369-01-17 King Peter I of Cyprus (murdered) (b. 1328)
  • 1398-09-09 King James I of Cyprus (b. 1334)
  • 1927-01-27 Georgios Grivas, Cyprus-born general in the Greek Army
  • 1957-03-14 Evagoras Pallikarides, Cypriot freedom fighter (b. 1938)
  • 1974-01-27 Georgios Grivas, Greek gen/oppos leader on Cyprus (EOKA), dies at 75
  • 1974-08-19 Rodger Davies, United States ambassador to Cyprus, murdered at 53 by Greek Cypriot gunmen during a demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia
  • 1977-08-03 Makarios III, [Michail Mouskos], archbishop/pres (Cyprus), dies at 63
  • 2002-03-12 Spyros Kyprianou, Cypriot politician (b. 1932)
  • 2008-12-12 Tassos Papadopoulos, Cypriot former president (b. 1934)
  • 2011-01-04 Mick Karn, Cypriot-born British musician (Japan) (b. 1958)
  • 2011-07-25 Mihalis Kakogiannis, Cypriot filmmaker (b. 1922)
  • 2012-01-13 Rauf Denktash, leader of Turkish Cypriots, dies of multiple organ failure at 87