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Flight 411 Olympic Airways 1978, Terror over Athens

The tragedy that shocked the Olympic Airways On the morning of August 9, 1978, Greece would live near the biggest aviation-and not just the tragedy of history, as the jumbo of flight 411 would fall within the densely populated neighborhoods of Athens, if not at its own center. Olympic Airways had scheduled Flight 411 from Athens to New York, with one of the four Boeing 747-200s in its fleet. [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:34:33+00:00 August 27th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , |0 Comments

Battle of Asculum: Ancient Times

Pyrrhus, King of Epirus in Northwest Greece and related by blood to the line of Alexander the Great, was himself a man of great ambition. Having lost his crown while still a child, he made a name for himself in service to the Diadochi, the successors of the great Alexander, and gained a great deal of military experience before Ptolemy helped restore him to his throne. Pyrrhus was a [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:58:23+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Categories: Ancient Times|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Sinking of MS Sea Diamond

MS Sea Diamond was a cruise ship operated by Louis Hellenic Cruise Lines. She was built in 1984 by Valmet, Finland for Birka Line as Birka Princess. The ship sank on April 5, 2007, after running aground near the Greek island of Santorini the previous day, leaving two passengers missing and presumed dead. Originally named Birka Princess, the ship was built by the Finnish state-owned company Valmet at their [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:17:00+00:00 June 30th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Navy Battleship Averof: World War I

Ten years after the Greco-Turkish War (1897), the Hellenic Navy possessed a handful of outdated torpedo – ships and three battleships that had been built in 1889. At the end of 1908, the need for a combat worthy fleet led to its reinforcement with four brand new English and German destroyers (torpedo – ships). Amongst them was the armored cruiser «G. AVEROF», the Hellenic Navy's crowning glory. In its [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:24:13+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Categories: World War I|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Siege of Candia 1648-1669

During the Ottoman-Venetian Wars, the city of Candia, today Heraklion on Crete, was besieged for 21 long years. The siege of Candia, regarded as one of the longest sieges in history, lasted from 1648–1669. The Venetians had been ruling the land ever since the Fourth Crusade, and Candia was in a key position in the Mediterranean. The supremacy over the Mediterranean was the cause of numerous clashes between the [...]

By | 2017-10-30T07:47:43+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Medieval|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Ferry Greece: Express Samina Disaster

At 22.20 on Tuesday 26 September 2000, the Express Samina Ferry Greece hit a rocky islet and sank with the loss of 82 of the 550 passengers, 2 km off the coast of Paros. Her captain and mate have been arrested and charged with manslaughter amid allegations that at the time of the collision the crew had left the bridge to watch the replay on one of the ship's [...]

By | 2017-10-30T08:53:51+00:00 April 17th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Temple of Apollo – Portara in Naxos

The temple was begun by the tyrant Lygdamis, who ruled Naxos from 545 to 524 BC, but it was unfinished at the end of his reign and never thereafter completed. All that remains today are the platform of the temple, some columns and architectural fragments, and the northwest portal made from three massive blocks of Naxian marble, with a clear opening 6.2 meters in height and 3.7 meters wide. [...]

By | 2017-10-30T08:59:02+00:00 April 14th, 2017|Categories: Ancient Times|Tags: , |0 Comments

Modern Hero: Greek Sargeant Dimitrios Itsios

Exactly 76 years ago modern hero Sargeant Dimitrios Itsios fought in the “Battle of the Metaxas Line”. The “Metaxas Line” was the Greek equivalent of “Maginot Line” in France built by Ioannis Metaxas. It was a defensive line located in Northern Greece along the borders with Yugoslavia and Bulgaria. The Metaxas Line comprised of a total of 21 bunkers and among them the now legendary “Rupel Bunker” (Ρούπελ), all [...]

By | 2017-10-31T17:07:51+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures, World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

World War II: Kidnap of German General Heinrich Kreipe

The kidnap of General Heinrich Kreipe was a Second World War operation by the Special Operations Executive (SOE), an organization of the United Kingdom. The mission took place on the German occupied island of Crete in May 1944. On 1 March 1944, Kreipe was appointed Commander of the 22nd Air Landing Infantry Division operating on Crete, replacing General Friedrich-Wilhelm Müller, who had been made the German commander in the [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:34:11+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Sinking of Passenger Ship MTS Oceanos

The MTS Oceanos was a french-built, Greek-owned Cruise ship that operated from Piraeus. It is infamous for its sinking in 1991 off the coast of South Africa. The ship was reported to be in very poor condition when it set sail for Durban on its final voyage, and was in a state of neglect, with loose hull plates, check valves stripped for repair parts after a recent trip, and [...]

By | 2017-10-30T10:09:55+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , |0 Comments

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