Greek History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 319

  • 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 Mycale won by Greek forces over Persian naval troops on Ionian coast, double victory with that at Plataea ends Persian invasion
  • 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
  • 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 Battle

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

  • 0322-08-07 BC Battle of Crannon between Athens and Macedon following the death of Alexander the Great

Victory 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.

  • 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

Lepanto – The Battle That Saved Europe

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.

Venus de Milo

1820-04-08 The famous ancient Greek statue, Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Milos

  • 1820-04-12 Alexander Ypsilantis is declared leader of Filiki Eteria, a secret organization founded in Odessa to overthrow Ottoman rule of 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 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 the Greek War of Independence
  • 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 accepts 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.
  • 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
  • 1896-04-06 First modern Summer Olympic Games open in Athens, Greece; American athlete James Connolly becomes first modern Olympic champion when he wins triple jump (then 2 hops and a jump); later 3rd in long jump, 2nd in high jump
  • 1896-04-15 1st modern Summer Olympic Games close in Athens, Greece; USA wins gold medal count, 11; Greece wins total medal count, 46; IOC has retroactively assigned gold, silver & bronze medals to 3 best placed athletes in each event
  • 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.

Catholic Encyclical

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

Historic Event

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
  • 1906-09-24 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.
  • 1912-10-14 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 An attack by Bulgarian General Michael Savov on Greek and Serbian positions causes the start 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
  • 1913-12-14 Greece formally takes possession of Crete
  • 1914-06-13 Eleftherios Venizelos announces that Greece intends to annex Chios and Mytilene, two large islands off the Turkish coast; Greece and Turkey have been heading towards conflict for months over claims to Aegean islands
  • 1914-08-07 Engagement between British cruiser HMS Gloucester and German cruisers SMS Breslau and SMS Goeben off Greece
  • 1915-03-06 Greek King Constantine I fires premier Venizelos
  • 1915-10-05 Allies land troops at the northern Greek city of Salonika; Greece is nominally neutral but allows the landing
  • 1915-11-06 Sophokles Skouloudis forms Greek government

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 458


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

Alexander the Great

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

Saint 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) traditional date of birth

  • 1118-11-28 Manuel I Komnenos, Emperor of the Byzantine Empire (1143-80) (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, King of Greece (1832-62), born in Salzburg, Bavaria (d. 1862)
  • 1818-12-21 Amalia, wife of king Otto of Greece
  • 1829-05-12 Pavlos Carrer, Greek composer (Isabella d'Aspeno), born in Zakynthos (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 businessman and writer (first President International Olympic Committee 1894-1896), born in Ermoupoli, Greece (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)
  • 1859-01-13 Kostis Palamas, Greek poet (d. 1943)
  • 1862-02-27 Anastasios Metaxas, Greek architect (restored Panathinaiko Stadium 1896 Olympics Athens) and shooter (Olympic bronze trap, single shot 1908), born in Athens, Greece (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)

Constantine I

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, Queen consort of Constantine I of Greece, born in New Palace, Potsdam, Kingdom of Prussia (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 Spyridon Louis, Greek distance runner, soldier (winner first modern Olympics marathon 1896), 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 Papanicolaou, Greek-American doctor, cytopathologist, and inventor of the Pap smear, born in Kymi, Greece (d. 1962)
  • 1883-10-16 Vasiliki Maliaros, Greek-American 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 politician and Prime Minister of Greece (1944–45, 1963, 1964–65), born in Kalentzi, Achaea, Greece (d. 1968)
  • 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 athlete (Olympic gold standing long jump, bronze high jump 1912, 2 silver 1908), born in Pylos, Greece (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 (John) Jean Goldkette, French jazz pianist and bandleader, born in Valenciennes, France (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, Greek politician, premier of Greece (1944, 50-51), born in Chania, Crete (d. 1964)
  • 1895-11-08 Photis Kontoglou, Greek writer, painter and iconographer, born in Ayvalık, Turkey (d. 1965)
  • 1896-03-01 Dimitri Mitropoulos, Greek-American pianist, conductor (Minneapolis Symphony, 1937-49; New York Philharmonic, 1949-58), and composer, born in Athens, Greece (d. 1960)
  • 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, born in Tripoli, Greece (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 2nd President of Greece (1975-1980), born in Athens, Greece (d. 1987)
  • 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 (discovery of the site of an ancient port city on the island of Thera, in the southern Aegean Sea), born in Lixoúrion, Cephalonia, Greece (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, American classical music conductor, born in Thessaloniki, Greece (d. 1993)
  • 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, Greek shipping magnate, born in Konak, Turkey (d. 1975)
  • 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 automotive designer who designed the Mini, born in Smyrna, Ottoman Empire (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), born in Ratzeburg, Germany (d. 1989)
  • 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, born in Asea, Greece (d. 1992)

Enoch Powell

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)

  • 1913-03-13 Lambros Konstantaras, Greek actor (O blofatzis, Anna of Rhodes), born in Athen, Greeces (d. 1985)

Famous Weddings

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

Juan Carlos I

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

  • 1964-09-18 Greek king Constantine II marries Danish princess Anne-Marie

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

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

Tina Fey

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

  • 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 219


0490-09-02 BC Pheidippides, Greek hero and inspiration for the modern marathon after he ran from Marathon to Athens to announce Greek victory in the battle of Marathon, dies at around 40 [1]

Alexander the Great

0323-06-10 BC Alexander the Great, Macedonian king and military leader, dies at 32 probably from typhoid fever complicated by excessive wine though poisoning is a possibility, (or the 11th June)


0322-03-07 BC Aristotle, Greek philosopher and polymath known as the father of logic, biology and zoology, dies at around 61 or 62

  • 0303-04-23 Saint George, Greek officer in the Roman army, beheaded. Patron saint of many lands including England

Saint Nicholas

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

  • 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 theologian and court secretary to the Emperor, dies soon after his conviction for heresy when his hand and tongue were cut off (b. c. 580)
  • 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 & grammarian, dies at 60
  • 1484-08-12 George of Trebizond, Greek philosopher (b. 1395)
  • 1500-04-10 Michael Tarchaniota Marullus, Greeks poet, drowns in full armor, along with his horse in Volterra, Republic of Florence, while travelling to join a battle, at age 41 or 42
  • 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 who served as advisor to King Narai of Ayutthaya (Siam), decapitated and disemboweled for high treason (b. 1647)
  • 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 (Chani of Gravia,), executed for supposedly collaborating with the Ottomans at 37
  • 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, dies at 58
  • 1867-07-26 King Otto of Greece (b. 1815)
  • 1869-11-03 Andreas Kalvos, Greek poet, dies at 77
  • 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)
  • 1889-08-18 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 (Isabella d'Aspeno), dies at 67
  • 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 businessman and writer (first President International Olympic Committee 1894-1896), dies at 73
  • 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
  • 1927-01-27 Georgios Grivas, Cyprus-born general in the Greek Army
  • 1928-07-20 Kostas Karyotakis, Greek poet, dies at 31
  • 1932-01-13 Sophia of Prussia, Queen consort of Constantine I of Greece, dies at 61
  • 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, Prime Minister of Greece & general of the Greek army, dies at 56

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1936-03-18 Eleftherios Venizelos, Prime Minister of Greece (1910-15, 1917-20, 1924, 1928-32, 1933), dies of a stroke at 71

  • 1936-04-13 Konstantinos Demertzis, Greek premier, dies at 60
  • 1936-05-17 Panagis Tsaldaris, twice Greek prime minister (b. 1868)
  • 1937-01-28 Anastasios Metaxas, Greek architect (restored Panathinaiko Stadium 1896 Olympics Athens) and shooter (Olympic bronze trap, single shot 1908), dies at 74
  • 1938-03-07 Andreas Michalakopoulos, Greek politician, Prime Minister of Greece (1924-25) (b. 1876)
  • 1940-03-26 Spyridon Louis, Greek distance runner (winner first modern Olympics marathon 1896), 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 Alexandros Koryzis, Prime Minister of Greece in 1941, commits suicide at about 65 as German troops closed in on Athens
  • 1941-04-27 Penelope Delta, Greek author, dies at 67
  • 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-American pianist, conductor (Minneapolis Symphony, 1937-49; New York Philharmonic, 1949-58), and composer, dies of heart failure at 64
  • 1962-02-19 Georgios Papanicolaou, Greek-American doctor, cytopathologist, and inventor of the Pap smear, dies at 78
  • 1962-03-24 (John) Jean Goldkette, French jazz pianist and bandleader, dies of a heart attack at 69
  • 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
  • 1966-10-30 Yórgos Theotokás, Greek novelist (Leonís), dies at 60