1940

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The Greek artillery in Albania
The Greek soldier makes the cover of Life (Dec. 16, 1940)

Events

January

June

July

  • July 8: The Olympic Swimming Complex, constructed under the initiative of the Hellenic Olympic Committee at a cost of 7.5 million drachmas, is inaugurated.
  • July 12: Two Greek Navy auxiliary vessels - the Orion and the Hydra - are attacked by Italian aircraft off the coast of Crete.

August

  • August 15: The Greek war ship "Elli" is torpedoed by an Italian submarine off the coast of Tinos.

October

  • October 28: Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas replied with the single-word reply "no", when Mussolini demanded occupation rights to strategic Greek sites. Greece officially entered World War II.
  • October 30: Pilot Officer Evangelos Yiannaris becomes the first Greek officer to be killed during World War II.
  • October 31: Greek warships "Psara" and "Spetses" bombard Italian positions in Albania.
  • October 31: British forces land in Crete.

November

December

Births

January

February

March

May

June

July

August

September

October

Unknown

Deaths

February

March

November

December