2006

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Jet Fighter Pilot Costas Eliakis was never recovered after the two F-16 collision
Greek police launch a murder investigation after five men on a hunting trip were found shot to death in the rural area of central Greece, Saturday Nov.25, 2006

Events

January

  • January 29: Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis plays against Roger Federer in the mens' final of the Australian Open. Baghdatis takes the first set but eventually loses 3-1 sets.

February

April

May

  • May 6: Periklis Iakovakis breaks the Greek record for 400m hurdles with 47.82.
  • May 6: Apollon Limassol defeat Anorthosis 3-1 and win the Cypriot football title for only the third time in their history. The Lemesos club went through the entire season without a single defeat.
  • May 10: In the first Greek Football Cup final played in Crete, Olympiakos defeat AEK 3-0.
  • May 20: Sakis Rouvas and Maria Menounos host the only Eurovision contest to be held in Athens which Finnish group "Lordi" win.
  • May 22: The 19th century painting The Naughty Grandchild by Nikiforos Lytras became the most expensively sold piece of artwork by a Greek painter, going for 1.08 million euros at an auction at Sotheby's in London.
  • May 23: Two F-16 fighter jets, one Greek and the other Turkish, collide in mid-air over international waters in the southern Aegean Sea. The Greek F-16 had been dispatched to intercept the Turkish jet because it had violated Greek airspace, according to the Greek Defense Ministry. The Turkish pilot ejected safely and was picked up by a merchant ship, while the Greek airman (Costas Eliakis) went missing despite a major rescue effort.
  • May 25: Australia got the better of reigning European champions Greece (1-0) in a friendly game before a record breaking crowd of 96,000 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground - around 60,000 of whom were members of the city's large Greek community.

June

July

  • July 3: FIFA suspended the Hellenic Football Federation (HFF), European champions Greece and its member clubs, from international competition because of government interference in the sport.
  • July 12: The FIFA Emergency Committee decided to lift the suspension on the Hellenic Football Federation (HFF) on July 3 after receiving confirmation that the Greek Parliament had approved an amendment to the national legislation relating to sport.
  • July 31: Swimming in the fifth heat of the 400-meter freestyle qualifiers at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest, Spyros Gianniotis set a new national record with a time of 3:48.67, breaking the previous record of 3:48.77, which he had set at the Athens Olympics two years ago.
  • July 31: Aris Grigoriadis, competing in the 100-meter backstroke at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest, broke his own national record with a time of 54.51 seconds, trimming a 10th of a second from the 54.61 seconds he had registered at the Worlds in Montreal last year.

August

  • August 1: Aris Grigoriadis wins a bronze medal at the European Swimming Championships, in 100m backstroke.
  • August 2: Nery Niangkouara set a new national record and the bronze metal at the European Swimming Championship in Budapest finishing in third place in the women's 100m freestyle with 54.48".
  • August 3: Yiannis Drymonakos wins silver medal in the men's 200-meter butterfly at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest.
  • August 3: Aris Grigoriadis captures silver medal in the men's 50-meter backstroke at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest.
  • August 9: Fani Halkia wins silver (54.02 sec.) in the women's 400-meter hurdles final at the European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden. She had been favored to win the gold.
  • August 9: Triple jumper Pigi Devetzi wins silver (15.05 m) at the European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • August 10: Pericles Iakovakis wins gold for Greece - its first gold medal at the European Championships - with an exceptional run in the men's 400m hurdles (48.46 sec.).
  • August 22: Major fires break out in Chalkidiki prefecture.

September

October

November

  • November 6: Chrysostomos II is elected Archbishop of Cyprus
  • November 22: The teleconferencing method is used for the first time with court witnesses in Greece. They testified from Piraeus by live video link to a court in Finland hearing the appeal of a Greek shipping firm over the foundering of a vessel off Finland in 1993 which caused an environmental disaster.
  • November 25: The bodies of the five young men - two brothers and three cousins - were found in woodland in the Kalyvia, Agrinio region. They had each been shot at least twice in what appeared to have been an execution-style killing.
  • November 25: Aris Gregoriadis sets a Greek record for 100m freestyle swimming at a Volos meeting with a time of 48:76. He held the previous record (49:06), set one week previously at Thessaloniki.

December

Deaths

January

March

April

May

June

July

September

October

November