1953

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Events

April

May

  • May 7: The Central Intelligence Agency of Greece (KYP) is established.

June

  • June 18: Greek forces repel Chinese attacks on Hill 440 ("Outpost Harry") during the Korean War.

July

August

October

November

  • November 24: Spiros Markezinis, unofficially the Finance Minister of the Alexandros Papagos government, announces that he will proceed with "cutting off three zeroes from the currency bills." The value of the drachma against the dollar becomes 1 to 30 and not 1 to 30,000 as it had been.

December

  • December 22: Prime Minister Alexandros Papagos brings up the Cyprus matter, for the first time, in a conversation with Anthony Eden. He is rebuffed by the British PM with the words "There is no Cyprus matter".
  • December 29: Greece replaces the oka with the kilogram as the standard measure of weight.

Births

January

February

March

May

June

September

November

December

Deaths

July