Greek History (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 321

  • 1948-05-16 CBS news correspondent George Polk's body is found in Greece
  • 1948-12-24 Greek government disbands due to state of war, press censorship
  • 1949-11-06 Greek civil war ends after 3 years with defeat of communist factions
  • 1950-03-23 Sophocles Venizelos forms liberal Greek government
  • 1952-05-28 The women of Greece are given the right to vote.
  • 1952-11-14 Greek General Alexander Papagos wins elections
  • 1952-11-16 Papagos' Greek Concentratie wins Greeks parliamentary election
  • 1953-10-12 US & Greece sign peace treaty (US bases)
  • 1955-03-21 Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus desires Cyprus to join Greece
  • 1957-03-20 Britain accepts NATO offer to mediate in Cyprus, but Greece rejects it
  • 1957-04-06 Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis buys the Hellenic National Airlines (TAE) and founds Olympic Airlines.
  • 1958-03-20 Greek Clandestine Radio (communist), Voice of Truth 1st transmission
  • 1958-06-07 Battles between Turkish & Greeks Cypriots break out
  • 1959-02-19 Britain, Turkey & Greece sign agreement granting Cyprus independence
  • 1961-11-04 Konstantinos Karamanlis becomes premier of Greece
  • 1962-05-19 87th Preakness: John Rotz aboard Greek Money wins in 1:56.2

  • 1962-11-01 Greece enters European Common Market
  • 1963-05-22 Greek parliament leader Lambrakis injured
  • 1963-06-11 Greek government of Karamanlis resigns
  • 1963-06-19 Greek government of Pipinolis forms
  • 1963-12-23 Fire on Greek ship Laconia, 128 die
  • 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
  • 1964-02-18 Papandreou government takes power in Greece
  • 1964-03-06 Constantine succeeds Paul I as king of Greece
  • 1964-08-07 Turkey begins air attack on Greek Cypriots
  • 1964-09-29 Greece & Bulgaria close boundaries
  • 1965-07-15 Athanassiades Novas succeeds Papandreo as premier of Greece
  • 1965-09-24 Stefan Stefanopoulos forms Greek government
  • 1967-04-21 Military coup in Greece, Konstantinos Kollias becomes premier
  • 1967-04-22 Martial Law goes into effect in Greece
  • 1967-07-12 Greek regime deprives 480 Greeks of their citizenship
  • 1967-08-21 Mikis Theodorakis arrested in Greece
  • 1967-09-23 Greek Colonels' regime frees ex-premier Georgios Papandreou
  • 1967-12-13 Unsuccessful coup against Greek King Constantine II

  • 1968-03-03 Greek, Portuguese & Spanish embassies bombed in the Hague
  • 1968-11-17 Alexandros Panagoulis is condemned to death for attempting to assassinate Greek dictator George Papadopoulos
  • 1969-03-28 Greek poet and Nobel Prize laureate Giorgos Seferis makes a famous statement on the BBC World Service opposing the junta in Greece
  • 1969-04-18 Greek actress and activist Melina Mercouri establishes Greek Aid Fund
  • 1969-12-08 Greek DC-6B crashes in storm at Athens, 93 killed
  • 1970-04-13 Greek composer Mikis Theordorakis freed
  • 1972-03-05 Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis leaves communist party
  • 1973-06-01 Greek President Papadopoulos asks for "parliamentary presidential republic"
  • 1973-07-29 Greek plebiscite chooses republic over monarchy
  • 1973-10-08 Spyris Markezinis forms government in Greece
  • 1973-11-04 Thousands commemorate former Greek premier Georgios Papandreou
  • 1973-11-17 Greek regime attacks students with tanks, 100s killed
  • 1973-11-18 Greek regime calls emergency crisis due to mass protests
  • 1973-11-25 Bloodless military coup ousts Greek President George Papadopoulos
  • 1974-01-13 Seraphim is elected Archbishop of Athens and All Greece.
  • 1974-07-23 Greek military dictatorship collapses
  • 1974-12-08 Greek monarchy rejected by referendum
  • 1975-06-11 Greece adopts constitution
  • 1976-10-10 Greece's 98 year-old Dimitrion Yordanidis, is oldest man to compete in a marathon; he finishes in 7:33
  • 1977-11-08 Greek Archaeologist Manolis Andronikos discovers the tomb of Philip II of Macedon at Vergina
  • 1979-05-28 European Market accepts Greece as member
  • 1980-02-23 Oil tanker explosion off Pilos, Greece, causes 37-mil-gallon spillage
  • 1980-05-05 Konstantinos Karamanlis is elected for the first time President of Greece
  • 1981-01-01 Greece is 10th country to join European Economic Community
  • 1981-06-22 2 Habash terrorists attack a travel agency in Greece killing 2
  • 1981-10-18 Andreas Papandreous' PASOK wins Greek elections
  • 1982-06-25 Greece abolishes headshaving of recruits in the military
  • 1985-03-29 Christos Sartzetakis elected President of Greece
  • 1985-06-02 Andreas Papandreou's PASOK-party wins election in Greece
  • 1986-04-02 4 US passengers killed by bomb at TWA counter Athens Airport Greece
  • 1988-01-15 NFL analyst Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder makes several questionable comments about African Americans during a lunchtime interview on CBS' NFL Today; fired the next day
  • 1988-01-16 Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder fired from CBS for racial remarks
  • 1988-04-23 A Greek pedals self-powered aircraft, 74 miles
  • 1988-06-15 Turkish premier Özal meets Greek premier Papandreou in Athens
  • 1989-11-23 Xenophon Zolotas is sworn in as premier of Greece
  • 1990-04-08 New Democracy wins the national election in Greece.
  • 1991-08-04 The Greek cruise ship Oceanos sinks off the Wild Coast of South Africa
  • 1991-12-28 Irene the Icon of Greek Orthodox church returns after being stolen
  • 1992-12-03 The Greek oil tanker Aegean Sea, carrying 80,000 tonnes of crude oil, runs aground in a storm while approaching La Coruña, Spain, and spills much of its cargo
  • 1993-10-13 Greek government of Papandreou forms
  • 1994-03-10 1 million Greeks attend actress and activist Melina Mercouri's funeral
  • 1995-03-09 President Konstantine Karamanlis (88) of Greece, resigns
  • 1995-05-13 6.5 earthquake hits Greece
  • 1996-02-15 Mortar attack on the US Embassy in Athens, Greece
  • 1996-11-23 Irene Skliva, 18, of Greece, crowned 46th Miss World
  • 1997-08-01 6th Athletics World Championships open at Athens, Greece
  • 1997-09-05 Athens in Greece, selected to host 2004 Olympics

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2001-06-27 Pope John Paul II beatifies 28 Ukrainian Greek Catholics, including 27 martyrs most of whom were killed by the Soviet secret police. Beatification takes place at the service in Lviv, western Ukraine during his first visit to this country.

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264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 2002-06-06 A near-Earth asteroid estimated at 10 metres diameter explodes over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya. Resulting explosion estimated to have a force of 26 kilotons, more powerful than the Nagasaki atomic bomb.
  • 2004-01-06 Costas Simitis announces his resignation as president of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement in Greece.
  • 2004-03-07 New Democracy wins the national elections in Greece.
  • 2004-07-04 UEFA European Championship Final, Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal: In a huge upset Greece beats host nation Portugal, 1-0
  • 2004-08-13 28th Olympic Games opens at Athens, Greece
  • 2004-08-29 28th Olympic Games closes at Athens, Greece
  • 2004-09-11 All passengers are killed when a helicopter crashes in the Aegean Sea. Passengers include Patriarch Peter VII of Alexandria and 16 others (including journalists and bishops of the Greek Orthodox Church of Alexandria)
  • 2005-05-21 50th Eurovision Song Contest: Helena Paparizou for Greece wins singing "My Number One" in Kiev
  • 2006-01-08 A magnitude 6.9 earthquake with its epicenter just off the Greek island of Kythira hits much of the country and is felt throughout the entire eastern Mediterranean Sea.
  • 2009-10-04 George Papandreou's Panhellenic Socialist Movement defeats Greece's governing New Democracy party in an electoral landslide.
  • 2009-11-14 The National Statistical Service of Greece states that the country has been in recession since the beginning of the year
  • 2012-02-17 Approximately 70 ancient Olympic artifacts are stolen from the Archaeological Museum of Greece
  • 2012-03-08 Greece secures debt-restructuring deal with private lenders
  • 2012-03-18 Superleague Greece football match between Olympiacos and Panathinaikos is abandoned after fans set fire to Athens' Olympic Stadium
  • 2012-03-21 Greek Parliament votes in favour of an international bailout deal
  • 2012-04-05 77-year old pensioner's suicide outside Greek parliament prompts further protests in Athens

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 474

  • 1947-11-28 Maria Farantouri, Greek singer
  • 1948-04-02 Dimitris Mitropanos, Greek singer, born in Trikala, Greece (d. 2012)
  • 1948-04-14 Anastasios Papaligouras, Greek lawyer and politician
  • 1948-05-16 Katia Dandoulaki, Greek actress
  • 1948-08-27 Pavlos Sidiropoulos, Greek musician (d. 1990)
  • 1948-09-13 Dimitri Nanopoulos, Greek physicist, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1948-12-11 Stamatis Spanoudakis, Greek composer, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1949-01-15 Panos Mihalopoulos, Greek actor, born in Kalamata, Greece
  • 1949-08-12 Panagiotis Chinofotis, Greek politician
  • 1949-08-20 Nikolas Asimos, Greek counter-culture composer and singer, born in Thessaloniki, Greece (d. 1988)
  • 1949-08-23 Katiana Balanika, Greek actress (On Air) and singer
  • 1949-09-29 George Dalaras, Greek singer
  • 1949-10-22 Vasilios Magginas, Greek politician
  • 1949-12-21 Nikolaos Sifounakis, Greek politician, born in Rethymno, Greece
  • 1950-03-27 Petros Efthymiou, Greek politician (Panhellenic Socialist Movement), born in Larissa, Thessaly
  • 1950-05-22 Alekos Alavanos, Greek politician (Member of the European Parliament for Greece), born in Athens, Greece
  • 1950-06-03 Christos Verelis, Greek politician
  • 1950-07-10 Prokopis Pavlopoulos, 7th President of Greece, born in Kalamata, Greece

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1950-07-15 Arianna Huffington, Greek-American author, syndicated columnist and creator of The Huffington Post, born in Athens, Greece

Author and creator of The Huffington Post Arianna Huffington
Author and creator of The Huffington Post
Arianna Huffington
  • 1950-07-18 Kostas Eleftherakis, Greek footballer (Panathinaikos), born in Greece
  • 1950-12-11 Christine Onassis [Andreadis], American-born Greek heiress (Aristotle's daughter), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951-02-27 Stathis Psaltis, Greek actor, born in Velo, Greece (d. 2017)
  • 1951-03-05 Giorgos Ninios, Greek actor
  • 1951-05-23 Antonis Samaras, Greek politician
  • 1951-09-08 Nikos Karvelas, Greek composer and songwriter, born in Piraeus, Attica, Greece
  • 1951-10-19 Demetrios Christodoulou, Greek mathematical physicist, recipient of the Bôcher Memorial Prize
  • 1952-03-17 Nikos Xydakis, Greek musician and composer
  • 1952-06-16 George Papandreou, junior, Greek politician
  • 1952-06-30 Athanassios S. Fokas, Greek mathematician, born in Cefalonia, Greece
  • 1952-08-23 Vicky Leandros, Greek singer and politician, born in Palaiokastritsa, Corfu, Greece
  • 1952-10-25 Ioannis Kyrastas, Greek soccer midfielder (46 caps; Olympiacos; Panathinaikos) and manager (Panathinaikos), born in Piraeus, Greece (d. 2004)
  • 1952-12-07 Georges Corraface, Greek-French actor and president of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, born in Paris, France
  • 1953-02-03 Savvas Tsitouridis, Greek politician
  • 1953-06-06 Dimitris Avramopoulos, Greek politician
  • 1953-11-11 Kostas Skandalidis, Greek politician
  • 1953-11-12 Vasilis Karras, Greek singer
  • 1953-12-14 Vangelis Meimarakis, Greek lawyer and politician, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1954-01-15 Nikos Sarganis, Greek footballer, born in Rafina, Greece
  • 1954-02-12 Tzimis Panousis, Greek musician and stand-up comedian
  • 1954-03-20 Liana Kanelli, Greek journalist and politician
  • 1954-03-25 Elli Stai, Greek journalist and TV presenter
  • 1954-05-06 Dora Bakoyannis, Greek politician
  • 1954-05-31 Thomas Mavros, Greek footballer
  • 1954-10-26 Vassilis Hatzipanagis, Greek footballer, born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • 1955-01-08 Spiros Livathinos, Greek footballer, born in Patras, Greece
  • 1955-04-30 Dimitra Papandreau, Greece, wife of Greek PM Andreas Papandreau
  • 1955-08-07 Gregoris Valtinos, Greek actor and director, born in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1955-09-17 Koralia Karanti, Greek actress
  • 1955-10-17 Georgios Alogoskoufis, Greek politician
  • 1955-10-19 Melpo Kosti, Greek actress
  • 1955-12-12 Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, Greek businesswoman and president of the bidding and organizing committee for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, born in Heraklion, Greece
  • 1956-02-13 Yiannis Kouros, Greek-Australian runner, born in Tripoli, Greece
  • 1956-09-14 Kostas Karamanlis, Greek politician (Prime Minister of Greece 2004-09), born in Athens, Greece
  • 1956-09-14 Lefteris Zagoritis, Greek lawyer and politician, born in Rhodes, Greece
  • 1957-01-01 Evangelos Venizelos, Greek lawyer, professor and politician
  • 1957-08-23 Tasos Mitropoulos, Greek footballer and politician, born in Volos, Greece
  • 1957-09-29 Sokratis Malamas, Greek singer and composer
  • 1957-10-01 Stelios Mainas, Greek actor
  • 1957-12-20 Anna Vissi, Greek-Cypriot singer, born in Pyla, Cyprus
  • 1958-01-06 Themos Anastasiadis, Greek journalist, television presenter and newspaper editor
  • 1958-01-22 Nikos Anastopoulos, Greek football player & manager, born in Dafni, Greece
  • 1958-05-12 Andreas Petroulakis, Greek political caricaturist
  • 1958-08-03 Ana Kokkinos, Greek-Australian film director (The Secret Life of Us), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1958-10-16 Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Greek singer
  • 1959-04-23 George Kalovelonis, Greek tennis player, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1959-05-25 Manolis Kefalogiannis, Greek politician (Minister for Mercantile Marine), born in Heraklion, Greece
  • 1959-06-06 Georgios Voulgarakis, Greek politician
  • 1960-01-13 Takis Lemonis, Greek footballer and coach
  • 1960-02-05 Aris Christofellis, Greek countertenor, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1960-12-29 Katerina Didaskalou, Greek actress, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1961-02-05 Savvas Kofidis, Greek footballer & manager, born in Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • 1961-06-08 Keti Garbi, Greek pop singer (To Kati), born in Athens, Greece
  • 1961-07-13 Stelios Manolas, Greek footballer and manager
  • 1961-07-26 Dimitris Saravakos, Greek footballer (Panathinaikos F.C), born in Athens, Greece
  • 1962-01-23 Vasia Panayopoulou, Greek actress, born in Mytilene, Greece
  • 1963-02-20 Marilisa Xenogiannakopoulou, Greek politician
  • 1963-03-03 Sophia Aliberti, Greek actress and TV presenter
  • 1963-09-13 Theodoros Roussopoulos, Greek politician (Minister of State), born in Messinia, Greece
  • 1963-10-20 Nikos Tsiantakis, Greek footballer
  • 1964-06-07 Gia Carides, Greek-Australian actress
  • 1964-08-25 Vassilios Kotronias, Greek chess grandmaster, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1965-01-17 Nikos Nioplias, Greek footballer, born in Galatini, Greece
  • 1965-03-29 Emilios T. Harlaftis, Greek astrophysicist, born in Kiato, Greece (d. 2005)
  • 1965-03-29 Voula Patoulidou, Greek athlete, born in Tripotamo, Greece
  • 1965-04-20 Kostas Hatzidakis, Greek politician (New Democracy Party), born in Rethymno, Greece
  • 1965-07-10 Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark
  • 1965-08-12 Angeliki Kanellopoulou, Greece, tennis star
  • 1965-10-24 Kyriakos Velopoulos, Greek politician, born in Essen, Ruhr, West Germany
  • 1965-12-18 Angeliki Kaneltopoutous, Greece, tennis star
  • 1966-02-05 Apostolos Nanos, Greek archer, born in Greece
  • 1966-02-17 Ioannis Kalitzakis, Greek footballer
  • 1966-03-30 Efstratios Grivas, Greek chess grandmaster and author
  • 1966-05-13 Nikos Aliagas, Greek TV show host
  • 1966-09-26 Christos Dantis, Greek composer and singer, born in Kaisariani, Greece
  • 1966-10-28 Aris Spiliotopoulos, Greek politician
  • 1966-12-15 Manos Papayiannis, Greek fashion model and actor
  • 1967-05-05 Maro Mavri, Greek fashion model and actress, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1968-02-25 Evridiki, Greek Cypriot singer
  • 1968-03-04 Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greek politician
  • 1968-08-14 Billy Mavreas, Greek-Canadian cartoonist

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths

Deaths 201 - 220 of 220

  • 2005-05-11 Michalis Genitsaris, Greek rebetiko singer & composer, dies at 88
  • 2005-05-22 Charilaos Florakis, Greek politician, long-time General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece (b. 1914)
  • 2005-06-23 Manolis Anagnostakis, Greek poet (b. 1925)
  • 2005-08-16 Vicky Moscholiou, Greek singer (b. 1943)
  • 2005-09-01 Thanos Leivaditis, Greek actor (b. 1934)
  • 2005-11-08 Alekos Alexandrakis, Greek actor and director (Oi Kyries tis avlis), dies of lung cancer at 76
  • 2006-02-13 Andreas Katsulas, Greek-American actor (b. 1946)
  • 2006-03-15 George Rallis, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1918)
  • 2007-01-30 Nikos Kourkoulos, Greek actor and artistic director (b. 1934)
  • 2007-03-08 Viky Vanita, Greek actress (b. 1948)
  • 2007-06-04 Sotiris Moustakas, Greek actor (Zorba the Greek), dies at 66
  • 2008-01-28 Christodoulos, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece (b. 1939)
  • 2008-03-04 Elena Nathanael, Greek film actress (b. 1941)
  • 2008-06-04 Nikos Sergianopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1952)
  • 2009-09-29 Sperantza Vrana, Greek actress (b. 1926 or 1932)
  • 2011-04-17 Nikos Papazoglou, Greek singer and songwriter (b. 1948)
  • 2011-05-03 Thanasis Veggos, Greek actor (b. 1927)
  • 2012-04-17 Dimitris Mitropanos, Greek singer, dies from a heart attack at 64
  • 2012-06-18 Alketas Panagoulias, Greek footballer and coach, dies at 78
  • 2015-01-25 Demis Roussos, Greek singer and performer (Aphrodite's Child), dies from an undisclosed illness at 68