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Eleftherios Venizelos

Greek Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos

Profession: Greek Prime Minister


Born: August 11, 1864

Star Sign: Leo

Died: March 18, 1936 (aged 71)

Events in the Life of Eleftherios Venizelos

  • 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
  • 1912-03-11 Eleftherios Venizelos, leader of the Liberal Party, wins the Greek elections again.
  • 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
  • 1915-03-06 Greek King Constantine I fires premier Venizelos
  • 1916-09-30 Eleftherios Venizelos announces he is forming a Provisional Government in Crete as an alternative to the one in Athens; he is determined to bring Greece into the war on the side of the Allies
  • 1916-10-19 France extends formal recognition of the Provisional Government in Crete proclaimed Eleftherios Venizelos
  • 1916-12-01 There is virtual civil war in Greece as royalists fight Eleftherios Venizelos' Liberal Party, the Allies ensure a Venizelist victory
  • 1917-06-27 Venizelos takes over as Prime Minister of Greece and severs relations with Central Powers, bringing Greece onside with the Allies in WWI
  • 1921-01-16 Eleftherios Venizelos becomes Prime Minister of Greece (4th time)
  • 1932-10-31 Greek government of Venizelos falls

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