Greek History

Historical Events

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  • 1251-09-07 BC A solar eclipse on this date might mark the birth of legendary Heracles at Thebes, Greece.
  • 1184-04-24 BC The Greeks enter Troy using the Trojan Horse (traditional date)
  • 0585-05-28 BC Solar eclipse, as predicted by Greek philosopher Thales, while Lydians at war with the Medes leads to a truce. One of the cardinal dates from which other dates calculated.
  • 0480-09-29 BC Battle of Salamis: The Greek fleet under Themistocles defeats the Persian fleet under Xerxes I
  • 0480-08-11 BC Greco-Persian Wars: Battle of Artemisium - Persian naval victory over the Greeks in an engagement fought off north coast of Euboea.
  • 0479-08-27 BC Greco-Persian Wars: Battle of Plataea, Persian forces led by Mardonius routed by Greek army under Pausanias; together with Greek success at Battle of Mycale halts Persian invasion of Greece
  • 0479-08-27 BC Greco-Persian Wars: Battle of Mycale won by Greek forces over Persian naval troops on Ionian coast, double victory with that at Plataea ends Persian invasion
  • 0338-08-02 BC Macedonian army led by Philip II defeats combined forces of Athens and Thebes in the Battle of Chaeronea, securing Macedonian hegemony in Greece and the Aegean

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

0331-10-01 BC Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of Gaugamela

Macedonian King and Conqueror of Persia Alexander the Great
Macedonian King and Conqueror of Persia
Alexander the Great

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

0031-09-02 BC Battle of Actium: decisive naval battle that effectively ends the Roman Republic. Octavian's forces defeat those under Mark Antony and Cleopatra off the western coast of Greece.

Roman Politician and General Mark Antony
Roman Politician and General
Mark Antony
Roman Emperor Augustus Caesar
Roman Emperor
Augustus Caesar
Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt Cleopatra
Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt
  • 0701-10-30 John VI of Greece begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 0705-04-01 Greek pope John VII chosen as successor to John VI
  • 1308-08-15 Knights of St John conquer Rhodes
  • 1311-03-15 Battle of Halmyros: The Catalan Company defeats Walter V of Brienne to take control of the Duchy of Athens, a Crusader state in Greece.

  • 1514-01-10 Complutensian New Testament in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek & Latin finished
  • 1571-10-07 Battle of Lepanto: Holy League of southern European nations destroy Ottoman fleet in significant loss off Western Greece
  • 1770-05-26 The Orlov Revolt, a first attempt to revolt against the Turks before the Greek War of Independence ends in disaster for the Greeks.
  • 1820-03-25 Greece freedom revolt against anti Ottoman attack

Historic DiscoveryVenus de Milo

1820-04-08 The famous ancient Greek statue, Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Milos
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  • 1820-04-12 Alexander Ypsilantis is declared leader of Filiki Eteria, a secret organization to overthrow Ottoman rule over Greece.
  • 1821-03-21 First revolutionary act in Monastery of Agia Lavra, Kalavryta, Greek War of Independence.
  • 1821-03-23 Battle and fall of city of Kalamata, Greek War of Independence
  • 1821-03-25 The Greek revolution against the Ottoman Turks is officially declared, with hostilities having started two months earlier
  • 1821-05-08 Greek War of Independence: Greeks defeat the Turks in Gravia
  • 1821-05-12 The first major battle of the Greek War of Independence against the Turks occurs in Valtetsi
  • 1821-06-19 Decisive defeat of the Greek revolutionary society Philikí Etaireía by the Ottomans at Drăgăşani (in Wallachia)
  • 1821-09-23 Fall of Tripolitsa, Greek forces massacre 30,000 Turks during Greek War of Independence
  • 1822-01-13 The design of the Greek flag is adopted by the First National Assembly at Epidaurus
  • 1822-01-14 Greek War of Independence: Acrocorinth is captured by Theodoros Kolokotronis and Demetrius Ypsilanti
  • 1822-01-15 Greek War of Independence: Demetrius Ypsilanti is elected president of the legislative assembly.
  • 1822-03-31 Massacre of the population of the Greek island of Chios by soldiers of the Ottoman Empire following a rebellion attempt, (later depicted by artist Eugène Delacroix)
  • 1822-05-16 Greek War of Independence: Turks capture the Greek town of Souli
  • 1824-06-21 Greek War of Independence: Egyptian forces capture Psara in the Aegean Sea
  • 1824-08-04 Battle of Kos is fought between Turks and Greeks
  • 1826-04-10 The 10,500 inhabitants of the Greek town Messolonghi start leaving the town after a year's siege by Turkish forces. Very few of them survive.
  • 1826-11-25 The Greek frigate Hellas arrives in Nafplion to become the first flagship of the Hellenic Navy
  • 1827-06-05 Turks capture the Acropolis and take Athens during Greek War of Independence
  • 1827-10-08 Sea battle at Navarino (Greece freed of Ottoman occupation)
  • 1828-04-26 Russia declares war on Turkey to support Greece's independence

  • 1828-10-07 The Greek city of Patras is liberated by the French expeditionary force in Peloponnese under General Maison.
  • 1829-03-22 The three protecting powers (Britain, France and Russia) establish the borders of Greece.
  • 1830-02-03 The sovereignty of Greece confirmed in a London Protocol
  • 1831-10-09 Ioannis Kapodistrias, first Head of State of modern Greece, assassinated in Nafplion
  • 1832-05-07 Greece becomes independent, Otto of Bavaria is chosen as king
  • 1832-05-24 The First Kingdom of Greece is declared in the London Conference
  • 1834-04-03 The generals in the Greek War of Independence stand trial for treason.
  • 1835-05-20 Otto is named the first modern king of Greece
  • 1850-01-18 British blockade Piraeus, Greece, to enforce mercantile claims
  • 1850-06-29 Autocephaly Officially Granted by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople to The Church of Greece.
  • 1863-03-30 Danish prince Wilhelm Georg of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glucksburg chosen as king George of Greece
  • 1864-03-29 Great Britain gives the Ionian Islands back to Greece
  • 1864-10-29 Greek parliament accept new Constitution
  • 1864-11-13 The new Constitution of Greece adopted
  • 1874-05-13 Pope Pius IX encyclical "On Greek-Ruthenian rite"
  • 1874-06-29 Greek politician Charilaos Trikoupis publishes a manifesto in the Athens daily Kairoi entitled "Who's to Blame?" in which he lays out his complaints against King George. He is elected Prime Minister of Greece the next year.
  • 1878-02-02 Greece declares war on Turkey
  • 1881-03-26 Thessaly is freed and becomes part of Greece again
  • 1881-05-24 Turkey cedes Thessaly and Arta back to Greece.
  • 1888-09-12 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Greek Interpreter" (BG)
  • 1891-04-11 8-year old Jewish tailor's daughter disappears in Greece, rumor spreads that she was a Christian girl ritually killed by Jews
  • 1894-03-03 "NY Atlantis" 1st Greek-language publication in US begins
  • 1896-03-22 Charilaos Vasilakos of Greece wins 1st modern marathon in 3:18 at the Panhellenic Games
  • 1896-03-25 Modern Olympics began in Athens, Greece [NS=Apr 6]
  • 1896-04-06 1st modern Olympic games open in Athens, Greece. America's James Connolly wins 1st Olympic gold in modern history, is awarded a silver medal and an olive branch [3/25 OS]
  • 1896-04-15 First modern Olympic games close in Athens, Greece
  • 1897-04-05 The Greco-Turkish War, also called "Thirty Days' War", is declared between Greece and the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1897-05-12 Battle at Thessalie: Turkish army beats Greece
  • 1897-05-15 The Greek army retreats with heavy losses in the Greco-Turkish War.
  • 1898-08-25 700 Greeks and 15 Englishmen are slaughtered by the Turks in Heraklion, Greece.
  • 1900-07-21 Pope Leo XIII encyclical to Greek-Melkite rite
  • 1901-05-31 At the opening of the Greek National Assembly, Prince George, High Commissioner of Crete, asks it to endorse the union of Crete with Greece; the proposal is later rejected
  • 1901-11-08 Bloody clashes take place in Athens following the translation of the Gospels into demotic Greek.
  • 1902-05-17 Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer
  • 1905-03-24 A group of Cretans dedicated to Crete's union with Greece led by Eleutherios Venizelos, meet at the village of Therisso and proclaim a union in defiance of the Great Powers
  • 1905-04-21 The elective assembly of Crete proclaims union with Greece
  • 1906-05-22 10th anniversary Olympic games close in Athens, Greece
  • 1906-09-24 Prince George of Greece, convinced that he can no longer serve the cause of Crete, resigns as High Commissioner
  • 1906-12-04 Alpha Phi Alpha, first Black Greek Letter Fraternity, forms
  • 1908-02-03 Foundation of Panathinaikos in Athens, Greece.
  • 1908-03-12 The Pan-Macedonian group is formed in Athens to support the Greek Struggle for Macedonia
  • 1908-10-07 Crete revolts against Turkey & aligns with Greece
  • 1910-02-01 Dragoumis government forms in Greece
  • 1911-05-15 The Georgios Averof cruiser is bought by Greece
  • 1911-06-11 The Greek national assembly adopts a more liberal constitution
  • 1912-03-11 Eleftherios Venizelos, leader of the Liberal Party, wins the Greek elections again.
  • 1912-04-01 Greek athlete Konstantinos Tsiklitiras breaks the world record -in standing long jump jumping 3.47 metres.
  • 1912-10-14 Cretan representatives are admitted to the Greek assembly; in doing so the Greek Government challenges the Turkish Government
  • 1912-10-17 Bulgaria, Greece & Serbia declares war on Turkey
  • 1912-10-18 The First Balkan War breaks out, with Bulgaria, Serbia, and Greece opposed to Turkey
  • 1912-12-03 Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro, Greece & Bulgaria sign weapons pact
  • 1913-01-18 Turkish-Greek sea battle near Troy
  • 1913-03-18 King George I of Greece is assassinated in the recently liberated city of Thessaloniki.
  • 1913-04-04 Greek aviator Emmanuel Argyropoulos becomes the first pilot victim of the Hellenic Air Force when his plane crashes
  • 1913-06-01 The Serbian government concludes a ten-year treaty with Greece against Bulgaria; Serbia wishes to pursue Macedonian aspirations with Greece's help
  • 1913-06-29 The attack by Bulgarian General Michael Savov on Greek and Serbian positions leads to beginning of the second Balkan War
  • 1913-07-01 Serbia and Greece declare war on Bulgaria
  • 1913-12-01 Flag of Greece officially raised at Firka Fortress, Chania Crete symbolising the union of Crete and Greece.
  • 1913-12-13 British foreign minister Sir Edward Grey proposes that southern Albania be divided between Greece and Albania with compensation to Greece in the Aegean islands

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 485

Person of interestEuripides

0480-09-23 BC Euripides, Greek playwright (Medea), born in Salamis, Greece (d. 406 BC)

Greek Playwright Euripides
Greek Playwright

Person of interestAlexander the Great

0356-07-20 BC Alexander the Great, Macedonian king and military leader, born in Pella, Macedonia (modern Greece) (d. 323 BC)

Macedonian King and Conqueror of Persia Alexander the Great
Macedonian King and Conqueror of Persia
Alexander the Great

Person of interestSaint Nicholas

0270-03-15 Saint Nicholas [Nikolaos of Myra], Greek Bishop who became the model for Santa Claus, born in Patara, Asia Minor (d. 343)

Christian Saint and Greek Bishop of Myra Saint Nicholas
Christian Saint and Greek Bishop of Myra
Saint Nicholas
  • 1118-11-28 Manuel I Komnenos, Greek Byzantine Emperor (d. 1180)
  • 1553-03-29 Vitsentzos Kornaros, Greek Renaissance poet, born in Trapezonda, Sitia, Kingdom of Candia (d. 1613 or 1614)
  • 1572-11-13 Cyril Lucaris, Greek theologian and Patriarch of Constantinople, born in Heraklion, Greece (d. 1638)
  • 1748-04-27 Adamántios Koraïs, Greek humanist scholar, born in Smyrna, Anatolia (d. 1833)
  • 1769-05-20 Andreas Vokos Miaoulis, Greek admiral and politician (d. 1835)
  • 1770-04-03 Theodoros Kolokotronis, Greek general and leader of the Greek War of Independence (1821-29), born in Ramοvouni, Messenia, Ottoman Empire (d. 1843)
  • 1776-02-11 Ioannis Kapodistrias, Greek diplomat of the Russian Empire and first head of state of independent Greece (d. 1831)
  • 1786-05-15 General Dimitris Plapoutas, a Revolutionary in the Greek War of Independence (d. 1864)
  • 1792-12-12 Alexandros Ypsilanti, Greek resistance fighter, born in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (d. 1828)
  • 1805-06-29 Hiram Powers, American sculptor (Greek Slave), born in Woodstock, Vermont (d. 1873)
  • 1810-12-25 Alexandros Rhizos Rhankaves, Greek poet and statesman (d. 1892)
  • 1815-06-01 Otto of Greece (d. 1862)
  • 1818-12-21 Amalia, wife of king Otto of Greece
  • 1829-05-12 Pavlos Carrer, Greek composer (d. 1896)
  • 1832-07-11 Charilaos Trikoupis, Greek politician (Prime Minister of Greece for 7 times from 1875-1895), born in Nafplion, Greece (d. 1896)
  • 1835-02-15 Demetrius Vikelas, Greek author (d. 1908)
  • 1840-10-05 John Addington Symonds, British historian and writer (Probs in Greek Ethics), born in Bristol, England (d. 1893)
  • 1842-03-01 Nicholaos Gysis, Greek painter (d. 1901)
  • 1851-03-03 Alexandros Papadiamantis, Greek author (d. 1911)
  • 1851-09-03 Olga Constantinovna of Russia, Queen consort of the Hellenes as the wife of King George I, born in Pavlovsk, Russian Empire (d. 1926)
  • 1853-01-11 Georgios Jakobides, Greek painter (d. 1926)
  • 1855-01-15 Jacques Damala [Aristides Damalas], Greek military officer and actor, born in Piraeus, Greece (d. 1889)
  • 1855-12-10 Marios Varvoglis, Greek composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1967)
  • 1859-01-13 Kostis Palamas, Greek poet (d. 1943)
  • 1862-02-27 Anastasios Metaxas, Greek architect and shooter (d. 1937)
  • 1863-04-29 Constantine P Cavafy, Egyptian Greek poet, journalist and civil servant, born in Alexandria, Egypt Province, Ottoman Empire (d. 1933)
  • 1864-08-23 Eleftherios K. Venizalos, Premier of Greece (1910-15, 28-32), born in Mournies, Greece (d. 1936)
  • 1868-08-02 Constantine I, King of Greece (1913-17, 20-22), born in Athens, Greece (d. 1923)
  • 1868-08-25 Nikolaos Levidis, Greek shooter, born in Corfu Island, Greece (d. 1942)
  • 1870-06-14 Sophia of Prussia, consort of Constantine I of Greece (d. 1932)
  • 1871-04-12 Ioannis Metaxas, Greek general and dictator (1936-41), born in Ithaca, Greece (d. 1941)
  • 1872-02-07 Nikolaos "Sokrates" Politis, Greek lawyer/diplomat/foreign minister
  • 1873-01-12 Spiridon Louis, Greek marathon runner and soldier (First modern Olympics marathon winner), born in Marousi, Greece (d. 1940)
  • 1874-03-29 Ioannis Georgiadis, Greek fencer (Olympic 1896 gold), born in Tripoli, Greece (d. 1960)
  • 1874-11-15 Dimitrios Golemis, Greek athlete (d. 1941)
  • 1878-01-11 Theodoros Pangalos, Greek general and dictator (1926), born in Salamis, Greece (d. 1952)
  • 1880-03-12 Nikolaos Georgantas, Greek discus thrower (d. 1958)
  • 1883-02-18 Níkos Kazantzákis, prominent Greek writer and philosopher (Zorba the Greek, The Last Temptation of Christ), born in Kandiye, Ottoman Empire (d. 1957)
  • 1883-05-13 Georgios Papanikolaou, Greek doctor, inventor of the Pap smear (d. 1962)
  • 1883-10-16 Vasiliki Maliaros, Greek actress (The Exorcist), born in Athens, Greece (d. 1973)
  • 1883-11-14 Nikolaos Plastiras, Greek premier (1945, 50, 51-52)
  • 1883-12-09 Alexander Papagos, Greek fieldmarshal and supreme commander, born in Athens, Greece (d. 1955)
  • 1883-12-14 Manolis Kalomiris, Greek opera composer, born in Smyrna, Greece (d. 1962)
  • 1884-02-14 Kostas Varnalis, Greek poet, born in Burgas, Bulgaria (d. 1974)
  • 1885-09-04 Dimitrios Loundras, Greek gymnast, born in Athens, Greece (d. 1971)
  • 1886-03-24 Athenagoras I, Greek Patriarch of Constantinople (d. 1972)
  • 1887-01-13 George Gurdjieff, Armenian-Greek mystic (d. 1949)
  • 1888-02-13 Georgios Papandreou, Greek prefect of Lesbos/minister/premier
  • 1888-07-10 Giorgio De Chirico, Italian painter (founded the scuola metafisica art movement), born in Volos, Greece (d. 1978)
  • 1888-10-30 Konstantinos Tsiklitiras, Greek Olympic champion (d. 1913)
  • 1888-10-31 Napoleon Lapathiotis, Greek poet, born in Athens, Greece (d. 1944)
  • 1889-06-20 John S. Paraskevopoulos, Greek-South African astronomer, born in Piraeus, Greece (d. 1951)
  • 1890-07-20 George II, King of Greece (1922-1924, and 1935-1947), born in Tatoi, Greece (d. 1947)
  • 1890-11-19 George Regas, Greek actor (The Mark of Zorro), born in Goranoi, Greece (d. 1940)
  • 1893-03-18 Jean Goldkette, Greek-born jazz musician (d. 1962)
  • 1893-03-28 Spyros Skouras, Greek-born American movie executive (20th Century Fox), born in Skourohorion, Greece (d. 1971)
  • 1893-07-20 Alexander, King of Greece (1917-20), born at Tatoi Palace, Greece (d. 1920)
  • 1894-11-17 Sophocles Venizelos, premier of Greece (1944, 50-51)
  • 1895-11-08 Photios Kontoglou, Greek writer, painter and iconographer (d. 1965)
  • 1896-03-01 Dimitri Mitropoulos, Athens Greece, conductor/composer
  • 1896-05-02 Helen of Greece and Denmark, Queen Mother of Romania, born in Athens, Greece (d. 1982)
  • 1896-10-30 Kostas Karyotakis, Greek poet (d. 1928)
  • 1897-01-02 Jim Londos, Greek wrestler (d. 1975)
  • 1898-03-23 Georgios Grivas, Greek general/opposition leader on Cyprus
  • 1898-04-08 Cecil [Maurice] Bowra, British classics expert (Greek experience)
  • 1898-08-08 Alexis Minotis [Alexandros Minotakis], Greek actor (The Merchant of Venice, King Lear), born in Chania, Crete, Greece (d. 1990)
  • 1898-11-07 Raphaël Salem, Greek mathematician, born in Saloniki, Ottoman Empire (d. 1963)
  • 1899-07-01 Konstantinos Tsatsos Greek politician and president (1975-1980)
  • 1900-02-22 Giorgos Seferis [Georgios Seferiades], Greek poet (Nobel 1963), born in Urla, Ottoman Empire (d. 1971)
  • 1900-03-01 Yorgos Seferis, [Seferi dis], Greek diplomat/poet (Strofi)
  • 1900-12-17 Katina Paxinou, Greek actress (La femme nue), born in Piraeus, Greece (d. 1973)
  • 1901-09-02 Andreas Embirikos, Greek surrealist poet (d. 1975)
  • 1901-11-04 Spyridon Marinatos, Greek archaeologist (d. 1974)
  • 1901-12-14 Paul I, King of Greece (1947-64), born in Tatoi Palace, Athens, Kingdom of Greece (d. 1964)
  • 1902-04-01 Maria Polydouri, Greek poet (d. 1930)
  • 1902-09-14 Giorgos Papasideris Greek country singer, composer and lyricist, born in Salamis Island, Greece (d. 1977)
  • 1903-01-06 Maurice Abravanel, Saloniki Greece, conductor/composer
  • 1903-07-27 Michail Stasinopoulos, Greek politician and 1st President of Greece, born in Kalamata, Kingdom of Greece (d. 2002)
  • 1904-03-26 Xenophon Zolotas, Greek economist, Prime Minister of Greece (d. 2004)
  • 1905-05-10 Markos Vamvakaris, Greek rebetiko musician and songwriter (d. 1972)
  • 1906-01-15 Aristotle Onassis, Greece, rich shipping magnate
  • 1906-02-26 Nikos Ghika, Greek artist, born in Athens (d. 1994)
  • 1906-04-27 Yórgos Theotokás, Greek novelist (Leonís), born in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (d. 1966)
  • 1906-11-18 Alec Issigonis, Greek-British car designer (d. 1988)
  • 1906-11-30 Marina, princess of Greece/Denmark/husband of English prince George
  • 1907-03-08 Konstantinos Karamanlis, Greek politician, President of Greece (1980-85), born in Sérrai, Ottoman Empire (d. 1998)
  • 1907-10-21 Nikos Engonopoulos, Greek painter and poet (d. 1985)
  • 1908-08-14 Manos Katrakis, Greek actor (Antigone, Marinos Kontaras), born in Kastelli Kissamou, Crete (d. 1984)
  • 1908-12-01 Georgios Kasassoglou, Greek musician (d. 1984)
  • 1909-05-01 Yiannis Ritsos, Greek poet and political activist, born in Monemvasia (d. 1990)
  • 1909-07-02 Hermann Bengtson, German historian (Greeks Ancient Times)
  • 1909-07-03 Stavros Niarchos, Greek shipping magnate (Those Fabulous Greeks), born in Athens, Greece (d. 1996)
  • 1910-09-14 Yiannis Latsis, Greek shipping tycoon, born in Katakolo, Greece (d. 2003)
  • 1911-04-12 Darrell A. Amyx, American classical archaeologist (Greek Ceramics), born in Exeter, California (d. 1997)
  • 1911-11-02 Odysseas Elytis, Greek poet (Nobel Prize 1979), born in Heraklion, Greece (d. 1996)
  • 1911-12-08 Nikos Gatsos, Greek poet and lyricist (d. 1992)
  • 1912-06-16 Enoch Powell, British Conservative MP and shadow cabinet member infamous for his "Rivers of Blood" speech, born in Birmingham, England (d. 1998)

Famous Weddings

  • 1934-11-29 Prince George, Duke of Kent weds princess Marina of Greece and Denmark

HeartWedding of Interest

1962-05-14 Princess Sophia of Greece weds Don Juan Carlos of Spain

King of Spain Juan Carlos I
King of Spain
Juan Carlos I
  • 1964-09-18 Greek king Constantine II marries Danish princess Anne-Marie

HeartWedding of Interest

1968-10-20 Jacqueline Kennedy marries Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis on the island of Scorpios

  • 1993-09-05 "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" actress Nia Vardalos (30) weds "Felicity" actor Ian Gomez (28)
  • 1995-07-01 Crown Prince of Greece and the oldest son of the deposed King Constantine of Greece, Pavlos (28) weds Robert W. Miller's daughter Marie-Chantal Miller (26) at London's Cathedral of Saint Sophia
  • 1998-06-27 Prince Michael of Greece daughter Princess Alexandra (29) weds perfume executive Nicolas Mirzayantz (37) in Torcello Island

HeartWedding of Interest

2001-06-03 Writer and actress Tina Fey (31) weds "Saturday Night Live" composer Jeff Richmond (40) on a Greek Orthodox ceremony at The Merion Tribute House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Actress & Writer Tina Fey
Actress & Writer
Tina Fey
  • 2001-11-20 ABC News political analyst George Stephanopoulos (40) weds actress Alexandra Wentworth (36) at Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Manhattan
  • 2003-07-05 TV personality Debbie Matenopoulos (28) weds Lions Gate Entertainment president Jay Faires at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles, California
  • 2005-08-18 Model and former Playboy Playmate Kylie Bax (30) weds photographer Spiros Poros in Delos, Greece
  • 2007-02-17 "Home and Away" actress Ada Nicodemou (29) weds Chrys Xipolitas at St. Andrew's Greek church in Redfern, Australia

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 223

Person of interestPheidippides

0490-09-02 BC Pheidippides, Greek hero and inspiration for the modern marathon

Hero of Athens Pheidippides
Hero of Athens

Person of interestAlexander the Great

0323-06-10 BC Alexander the Great, Macedonian king, dies from either fever or excessive wine at 32, (or the 11th June)

Macedonian King and Conqueror of Persia Alexander the Great
Macedonian King and Conqueror of Persia
Alexander the Great
  • 0322-03-07 BC Aristotle, Greek philosopher (b. 384 BC)
  • 0303-04-23 Saint George, Greek officer in the Roman army, beheaded. Patron saint of many lands including England

Person of interestSaint Nicholas

0343-12-06 Saint Nicholas [Nikolaos of Myra], Greek Bishop who became the model for Santa Claus, dies at 73

Christian Saint and Greek Bishop of Myra Saint Nicholas
Christian Saint and Greek Bishop of Myra
Saint Nicholas
  • 0485-04-17 Proclus, Greek mathematician, dies in Athens [or Apr 14]
  • 0649-05-14 Theodore, Greek Pope (642-49) (excommunicated by Paul II), dies
  • 0662-08-13 Maximus Confessor, Greek theologist/crusader, dies
  • 0686-08-02 Pope John V, 1st Greek-Syrian Pope (685-86) dies
  • 0707-10-18 John VII, Catholic Pope (705-07), of Greek ancestry, dies
  • 0708-02-04 Sisinnius, Greek-Syrian pope (708, 20 days), dies
  • 0715-04-09 Constantine I, Greek/Syrian Pope (708-15), dies
  • 0731-02-11 Gregory II, Greek-Syrian Pope, dies
  • 0752-03-15 Zachary, Greek/Italian Pope (741-52), dies [or Mar 22]
  • 0869-02-04 Saint Cyril, Greek missionary to the Slavs (b. 827)
  • 0869-02-14 Saint Cyril, Greek monk, scholar, theologian and linguist (b. 827) Called "apostle of Slavs"
  • 0885-04-06 Methodius, Greek apostle of the slaves/archbishop of Sirmium, dies
  • 1345-01-15 Martin Zaccaria, Italo-Greek ruler
  • 1415-04-15 Manuel Chrysoloras, Greek humanist and grammarian
  • 1484-08-12 George of Trebizond, Greek philosopher (b. 1395)
  • 1500-04-11 Michael T Marullus, Greeks poet, drowns
  • 1614-04-07 El Greco, Greek-born artist working in Spain (b. 1541)
  • 1669-01-19 Leo Allatios, Greek/Italian theologist/literary, dies at about 82
  • 1688-06-05 Constantine Phaulkon, Greek adventurer (b. 1667)
  • 1779-08-24 Saint Cosmas of Aetolia, Greek Orthodox martyr (b. 1714)
  • 1825-05-20 Papaflessas, Greek priest and government official (b. 1788)
  • 1825-06-05 Odysseas Androutsos, hero in the Greek War of Independence
  • 1828-01-31 Alexandros Ypsilanti, Greek resistance fighter, dies at 35
  • 1831-09-27 Joannis Capodistrias, Greek governor of Troezen, murdered at 55
  • 1831-10-09 Ioannis Kapodistrias, President (1829-31) and founding father of modern Greece.
  • 1833-04-06 Adamántios Koraïs, Greek humanist scholar, dies at 84
  • 1835-06-24 Andreas Vokos Miaoulis, Greek admiral and politician, commander of Greek naval forces in Greek War of Independence (b. 1769)
  • 1843-02-15 Theodoros Kolokotronis, Greek general and leader of the Greek War of Independence (1821-29), dies at 72
  • 1853-01-13 Theophilos Kairis, Greek priest, humanist and revolutionary (b. 1783)
  • 1857-02-09 Dionysios Solomos, Greek poet of the Greek national anthem (b. 1798)
  • 1867-07-26 King Otto of Greece (b. 1815)
  • 1869-11-03 Andreas Kalvos, Greek poet (b. 1792)
  • 1872-04-12 Nikolaos Mantzaros, Greek composer (b. 1795)
  • 1875-05-20 Amalia, wife of King Otto of Greece, dies at 58
  • 1877-09-02 Constantine Kanaris, Greek admiral, freedom fighter and politician (b. 1793)
  • 1883-02-26 Alexandros Koumoundouros, Greek politician, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1817)
  • 1889-06-18 Jacques Damala [Aristides Damalas], Greek military officer and actor, dies from an overdose at 34
  • 1892-06-28 Alexandros Rhizos Rhankaves, Greek poet and statesman (b. 1810)
  • 1896-03-30 Charilaos Trikoupis, Greek politician (Prime Minister of Greece for 7 times from 1875-1895), dies at 63
  • 1896-06-07 Pavlos Carrer, Greek composer (b. 1829)
  • 1897-03-27 Andreas Anagnostakis, Greek physician (b. 1826)
  • 1904-06-13 Nikiphoros Lytras, Greek painter (b. 1832)
  • 1904-10-13 Pavlos Melas, Greek officer who organized and participated in the Greek Struggle for Macedonia (b. 1870)
  • 1905-06-13 Theodoros Delyannis, premier Greece, murdered
  • 1908-07-20 Demetrius Vikelas, Greek author, president of the International Olympic Committee (b. 1835)
  • 1911-01-03 Alexandros Papadiamantis, Greek author (b. 1851)
  • 1913-03-18 George I, king of Greece (1861-1913), assassinated by Schinas at 67
  • 1917-04-09 James Hope Moulton, British scholar of Classical Greek (b. 1863)
  • 1920-10-25 Alexander, King of Greece (1917-20), dies after ape bite at 27
  • 1923-01-11 Constantine I, King of Greece (1913-17, 20-22), dies at 54
  • 1927-01-27 Georgios Grivas, Cyprus-born general in the Greek Army
  • 1928-07-20 Kostas Karyotakis, Greek poet (b. 1896)
  • 1932-01-13 Sophia of Prussia, consort of Constantine I of Greece (b. 1870)
  • 1932-10-18 Ioannis Chrysafis, Greek gymnast (b. 1873)
  • 1932-12-13 Georgios Jakobides, Greek painter (b. 1853)
  • 1933-04-29 Constantine P Cavafy, Egyptian Greek poet, journalist and civil servant, dies at 70
  • 1934-03-22 Theophilos Hatzimihail, Greek painter (b. 1870)
  • 1936-02-01 Georgios Kondylis, general of the Greek army and Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1878)
  • 1936-03-18 Eleftherios Venizelos, Former Prime minister of Greece
  • 1936-04-13 Demertzis, Greek premier, dies
  • 1936-05-17 Panagis Tsaldaris, twice Greek prime minister (b. 1868)
  • 1937-01-28 Anastasios Metaxas, Greek architect and shooter (b. 1862)
  • 1938-03-07 Andreas Michalakopoulos, Greek politician, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1876)
  • 1940-03-26 Spiridon Louis, Greek runner, winner of the first modern Olympics marathon, dies at 67
  • 1940-12-05 Mordechai Frizis, Jewish Greek military officer (b. 1893)
  • 1940-12-13 George Regas, Greek actor (The Mark of Zorro), dies at 50
  • 1941-01-29 Ioannis Metaxas, Greek general and dictator (1936-41), commits suicide at 69
  • 1941-04-18 ... Korysis, PM of Greece, commits suicide
  • 1941-04-27 Penelope Delta, Greek author (b. 1874)
  • 1942-04-08 Kostas Skarvelis, Greek songwriter (b. 1880)
  • 1943-02-27 Kostis Palamas, Greek poet, twice nominated for the Nobel prize (b. 1859)
  • 1943-03-04 Nikolaos "Sokrates" Politis, Greek foreign minister, dies at 71
  • 1944-01-07 Napoleon Lapathiotis, Greek poet, dies at 56
  • 1944-02-10 Eugène Michel Antoniadi, Greek astronomer, a crater on Mars and the Antoniadi crater on the Moon were named in his honor (b. 1870)
  • 1945-06-16 Aris Velouchiotis, Greek guerrilla resistance leader (b. 1905)
  • 1946-01-09 Dimitrios Golemis, Greek athlete (b. 1874)
  • 1947-04-01 George II, King of Greece (1922-1924, and 1935-1947), dies of arteriosclerosis at 56
  • 1948-05-01 Christos Ladas, Greek minister of Justice, murdered
  • 1950-02-02 Constantin Carathéodory, Greek mathematician (b. 1873)
  • 1951-03-15 John S. Paraskevopoulos, Greek-born astronomer (b. 1889)
  • 1951-06-19 Angelos Sikelianos, Greek poet (b. 1884)
  • 1952-02-27 Theodoros Pangalos, Greek general and dictator (1926), dies at 74
  • 1953-07-26 Nikolaos Plastiras, Greece premier (1945-50, 51-2), dies
  • 1955-10-04 Alexander Papagos, Greek fieldmarshal and supreme commander, dies at 71
  • 1957-02-23 Marika Ninou, Greek singer (b. 1918)
  • 1958-01-23 Nikolaos Georgantas, Greek discus thrower (b. 1880)
  • 1960-09-14 M. Karagatsis, Greek author (b. 1908)
  • 1960-11-02 Dimitri Mitropoulos, Greek/US conductor/composer, dies at 64
  • 1962-02-19 Georgios Papanikolaou, Greek doctor, inventor of the Pap smear (b. 1883)
  • 1962-03-24 Jean Goldkette, Greek-born musician (b. 1899)
  • 1962-04-03 Manolis Kalomiris, Greek opera composer, dies at 78
  • 1963-05-27 Lambrakis, Greek EDA-parliament leader, murdered
  • 1963-06-20 Raphaël Salem, Greek mathematician, dies at 64
  • 1964-02-06 Sophocles Venizelos, premier of Greece (1944, 50-51), dies at 69
  • 1964-03-06 King Paul I, King of Greece (1947-64), dies at 62