May 1, 1924 – Admiral Paul Koundouriotis becomes President of Greece.

May 1, 1946 – The Paris Peace Conference concludes that the islands of the Dodecanese should be returned to Greece by Italy.

May 5, 1980 – Konstantinos Karamanlis is elected for the first time President of Greece.

May 6, 2012 – Greek parliamentary election results in 60% support for parties opposed to austerity measures.

May 7, 1832 – Greece becomes independent, Otto of Bavaria is chosen as king.

May 7, 1927 – Angelos Sikelianos organizes the first Delphic Festival in Delphi to celebrate the ancient Greek Delphic ideal.

May 8, 1821 – Greek War of Independence: Greeks defeat the Turks in Gravia.

May 12, 1821 – The first major battle of the Greek War of Independence against the Turks occurs in Valtetsi.

May 12, 1897 – Battle at Thessalie: Turkish army beats Greece.

May 13, 1874 – Pope Pius IX encyclical “On Greek-Ruthenian rite”.

May 13, 1995 – 6.5 earthquake hits Greece.

May 15, 1897 – The Greek army retreats with heavy losses in the Greco-Turkish War.

May 15, 1911 – The Georgios Averof cruiser is bought by Greece.

May 15, 1918 – Greek troops land in Smyrna.

May 15, 2012 – Greece’s fifth attempt to a form a coalition government fails, and new June elections are scheduled.

May 16, 1822 – Greek War of Independence: Turks capture the Greek town of Souli.

May 16, 1948 – CBS news correspondent George Polk‘s body is found in Greece.

May 17, 1902 – Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer.

May 20, 1835 – Otto is named the first modern king of Greece.

May 21, 2005 – 50th Eurovision Song Contest: Helena Paparizou for Greece wins singing “My Number One” in Kiev.

May 22, 334 BC – The Macedonian army of Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of the Granicus.

May 22, 1947 – “Truman Doctrine” goes into effect, aiding Turkey and Greece.

May 22, 1963 – Greek parliament leader Lambrakis injured.

May 24, 1832 – The First Kingdom of Greece is declared in the London Conference.

May 24, 1881 – Turkey cedes Thessaly and Arta back to Greece.

May 26, 1770 – The Orlov Revolt, a first attempt to revolt against the Turks before the Greek War of Independence ends in disaster for the Greeks.

May 28, 585 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.May 28, 1952 – The women of Greece are given the right to vote.

May 28, 1979 – European Market accepts Greece as member.May 31, 1901 – 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.

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