April 1, 705 – Greek pope John VII chosen as successor to John VI.

April 2, 1986 – 4 US passengers killed by bomb at TWA counter at Athens Airport.

April 3, 1834 – The generals in the Greek War of Independence stand trial for treason.

April 4, 1913 – Greek aviator Emmanuel Argyropoulos becomes the first pilot victim of the Hellenic Air Force when his plane crashes.

April 4, 1926 – Greek dictator Theodoros Pangalos elected president.

April 5, 1897 – The Greco-Turkish War, also called “Thirty Days’ War”, is declared between Greece and the Ottoman Empire.

April 5, 1944 – World War II: 270 inhabitants of the Greek town of Kleisoura are executed by the Germans.

April 5, 2012 – 77-year old pensioner’s suicide outside Greek parliament prompts further protests in Athens.

April 6, 1896 – 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.

April 6, 1957 – Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis buys the Hellenic National Airlines (TAE) and founds Olympic Airlines.

April 8, 1820 – The famous ancient Greek statue, Venus de Milo, is discovered on the Aegean island of Milos.

April 8, 1990 – New Democracy wins the national election in Greece.

April 10, 1826 – 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.

April 11, 1891 – 8-year old Jewish tailor’s daughter disappears in Greece, rumor spreads that she was a Christian girl ritually killed by Jews.

April 11, 2012 – Prime Minister of Greece, Lucas Papademos, resigns and calls an election for May 6.

April 12, 1820 – Alexander Ypsilantis is declared leader of Filiki Eteria, a secret organization founded in Odessa to overthrow Ottoman rule of Greece.

April 13, 1924 – Greek plebiscite for a republic.

April 13, 1936 – Ioannis Metaxas proclaims himself dictator of Greece.

April 13, 1970 – Greek composer and counter-revolutionary Mikis Theordorakis freed from Oropos concentration camp and allowed to be exiled to France.

April 14, 1944 – Greek Colonel Venizelos forms government.

April 15, 1896 – 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.

April 15, 1946 – 50th Boston Marathon won by Stylianos Kyriakides of Greece in 2:29:27; first and only Cypriot athlete to win the event.

April 18, 1969 – Greek actress and activist Melina Mercouri establishes Greek Aid Fund.

April 19, 1920 – 24th Boston Marathon won by Peter Trivoulidas of Greece in 2:29:31.

April 21, 1905 – The elective assembly of Crete proclaims union with Greece.

April 21, 1941 – WWII: Greece surrenders to Nazi Germany.

April 21, 1967 – Military coup in Greece, Konstantinos Kollias becomes premier.

April 22, 1967 – Martial Law goes into effect in Greece.

April 23, 1941 – Greek Army surrenders to Germany; British RAF evacuates the Greek King George II to Egypt.

April 23, 1988 – A Greek pedals self-powered aircraft for 74 miles.

April 24, 1184 – The Greeks enter Troy using the Trojan Horse (traditional date)

April 24, 1941 – British army begins evacuation of Greece.

April 26, 1828 – Russia declares war on Turkey to support Greece’s independence.

April 26, 1944 – Papandreou government in Greece forms.

April 27, 1941 – German troops occupy Athens, Greece.

April 28, 1941 – Last British troops in Greece surrender.

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