1980

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Events

January

February

April

May

June

  • June 3: Unidentified bombers destroy mega-stores Klaoudatos and Athene in Athens.
  • June 9: Archbishop Iakovos receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest honour that the US bestowes on a civilian - from President Jimmy Carter.
  • June 11: Greece participate for the first time in the final phase of a major football tournament. They lose 1-0 to Holland in their opening match of Euro 1980, after East German referee Prokop inexplicably awards the Dutch a penalty when forward Naninga charges and injures Greek keeper Vasilis Konstantinou.
  • June 14: Greece lose to Czechoslovakia 3-1 in the finals of Euro 1980.
  • June 17: Greece draw W. Germany 0-0 in the finals of Euro 1980.

July

  • July 7: Unidentified bombers destroy mega-stores Lampropoulos in Piraeus and Dragonas in Athens.
  • July 9: A powerful earthquake (6.5 on the Richter scale) strikes Almyros and the Volos area, destroying more than 5,000 buildings.
  • July 22: Wrestler Stelios Migiakis wins gold at the Olympic Games of Moscow.
  • July 31: Turkish diplomat Galip Osman is assassinated along with his daughter in Pangrati, Athens.

August

  • August 9: 13 people die in the heatwave that strikes Greece.

September

October

  • October 15: Greece defeat Denmark 1-0 in Copenhagen thanks to a goal by Dinos Kouis. The man of the match is Greek goalkeeper Nikos Sarganis who preserves the victory and earns the nickname "phantom" from the Danish press.
  • October 19: Greece returns to the military branch of NATO.

November

  • November 2: An unofficial Greek record is established in the match between Aris FC and OFI as the players of the two clubs hit the woodwork a total of 8 times!
  • November 4: The five day work week is established

December

  • December 19: Unidentified bombers destroy mega-stores Katrantzos and Mignon in Athens.

Births

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Deaths

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