2007

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Events

January

February

March

April

  • April 5: The cruise ship "Sea Diamond" runs aground off Santorini. Two French tourists are killed.
  • April 27: Employment minister Savvas Tsitouridis resigns after weeks of government criticism that followed the discovery that a state pension fund had overpaid € 4.8 million (US$6.4 million) for state bonds.

May

June

  • June 2: Louis Tsatoumas breaks the Greek record in the long jump with a performance of 8.66m.
  • June 11: Archbishop Christodoulos, the head of the Church of Greece, was hospitalized in Athens with symptoms of gastroenteritis.
  • June 12: Archbishop Christodoulos undergoes surgery Tuesday to prevent narrowing of his large intestine.
  • June 16: Irene Kokkinariou breaks the Greek women's record for the 3000m steeplechase with 9:42.97.
  • June 18: Nikos Galis is inducted into the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Hall of Fame
  • June 20: Panathinaikos beat rival Olympiakos 89-76 to win its fifth straight Greek league basketball title and completing the season as a triple crown winner -- championship, cup and European Championship.
  • June 21: Christodoulos was diagnosed with a "treatable" type of liver cancer in tandem with an "unrelated" malignant growth in the large intestine, which was removed via surgery last week.
  • June 28: Dozens of forest fires, caused by one of the worst heat waves in years, claim the lives of two people in Thessaly and threaten the suburbs of Athens as Mt Parnitha is engulfed in flames.
  • June 29: The European Union announces that it is placing the Greek far-left group Revolutionary Struggle (Epanastatikos Agonas) on its "terrorist list", which automatically freezes financial assets and funding to it.

July

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Wildfires threatened Mavriki in Peloponnese onj July 25
  • July 2: The Athens Stock Exchange moves from 10 Sofokleous Street to Athens Avenue.
  • July 2: Senior US diplomat to Cyprus, Tom Mooney, is found dead near Kalopanagiotis.
  • July 2: Archbishop Christodoulos was readmitted to intensive care after doctors said his health had deteriorated.
  • July 2: Constantinos Douvalidis set a new national record, at the Tsiklitiria Grand Prix track and field meeting in Athens, in the men's 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.54 seconds. However, he ended last in his heat.
  • July 10: AKEL pull out of the coalition that has governed Cyprus for the past 4.5 years.
  • July 10: The Finance Ministers of the EU lock the Cyprus pound to the euro - at the rate 1 euro = 0.585274 pounds - in preparation for the 01/01/2008 switch of currencies by Cyprus.
  • July 11: Three firefighters died while battling a blaze in a forested, mountainous area outside the city of Rethymnon on Crete's northern coast.
  • July 12: It was announce that Christodoulos would be transferred to a hospital in the United States to undergo a liver transplant by Greek-American transplant surgeon Andreas Tzakis, of the University of Miami School of Medicine in Florida.
  • July 12: Hundreds of holidaymakers have been evacuated from hotels on the Greek island of Skiathos to escape raging forest fires.
  • July 13: Lefteris Zagoritis was re-elected as ruling New Democracy's Central Committee Secretary by 403 votes out of 525.
  • July 14: Kostas Douvalidis sets a new Greek record in the 110m hurdles with 13.49.
  • July 16: Firefighters extinguished a blaze on the lower slopes of Mount Hymettus, after flames came to within 100 meters (yards) of apartment buildings, forced the evacuation of a children's care home — and led authorities to uncover an arms cache buried in a forest. On the same day, fires burned out of control on the islands Evia and Kos, as well as outside the city of Pyrgos on the southern Greek mainland.
  • July 17: Hundreds of firefighters, with the assistance of planes and helicopters, battled forest fires in the central town of Nafpaktos, Kyparissia, located in the south-eastern Peloponnese near Kalamata and Psahna on the island of Evia.
  • July 25: Forest fires were raging out of control today in Greece, forcing thousands to flee their homes as entire villages burned down. Affected areas include Mavriki and Corinth, the southern Peloponnese near Mount Tayetos, Kozani, Kastoria and Ioannina in north Greece, and the island of Kefalonia, where the flames threatened a nature reserve that is home to native ponies. Temperatures in Argos, Lamia, Serres and Eleusis, near Athens, hit 45C (113F) - approaching the 46C (114.8F) of late June.
  • July 27: The Greek Under-19 football team play in the final of the European Cup in Linz, Austria, where they lose 1-0 to Spain.

August

Smoke from forest fires in the Peloponnese

September

October

  • October 3: Olympiakos achieve their first away win in the Champions League: A 3-1 triumph over Werder Bremen.
  • October 4: All five Greek sides in the UEFA Cup (Larisa, Panathinaikos, AEK, Panionios and Aris) advance to the group stage of that competition. The five clubs from Greece represent the most from any country in the 40-team group stage of Europe's No. 2 competition.
  • October 8: Doctors in Miami halted liver transplant surgery for the head of Greece's Orthodox Church, Archbishop Christodoulos, after his cancer was found to have spread.
  • October 17: Greece qualify for Euro 2008 by defeating Turkey 1-0 in Istanbul.
  • October 25: Author Vassilis Alexakis is awarded one of France's top fiction awards, the Grand Prix du Roman de l'Academie Francaise, for his novel "Ap. J.C."

November

  • November 5: A convoy of 14 Greek Police jeeps is fired upon with automatic weapons, as it attempts to enter the village of Zoniana, Crete. The investigation that follows reveals that Zoniana was a community practically outside the control of the Greek state, rife with crime, hashish cultivation, arms smuggling and money laundering.
  • November 11: George Papandreou clinches a landslide re-election, from the first round, in the PASOK party leadership internal election. Papandreou receives 60.03 percent. His main challenger, Evangelos Venizelos, only 33.54 percent. A third candidate, Costas Skandalidis, trails with 6.28 percent.
  • November 15: Unknown assailants shoot and injure veteran footballer Giorgos Sideris.

December

  • December 1: The government inaugurated a 2.6-million-euro migrant detention center on the Aegean island of Samos
  • December 2: Greece is drawn in Group D for Euro 2008 and scheduled to play its group games in Salzburg, Austria. Greece will begin the defense of its title against Sweden on June 10 before meeting the pair it had faced early on at Euro 2004, Russia and Spain, on June 14 and 18 respectively.
  • December 5: Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia agreed to hold a fresh round of direct talks over the official name of the latter country and related issues following consultations by United Nations envoy Matthew Nimetz in the two capitals.
  • December 5: A one-seater F-16 Block 52+ jet crashed about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Mount Athos, northern Greece, while participating in a nighttime training exercise. A Turkish frigate, responding to an emergency call, found the body of the 35-year-old pilot, Flt. Lt. Athanasios Batsaras, and handed it over to the Greek military.
  • December 11: Olympiacos reaches the UEFA Champions League last 16 for the first time in nine seasons after an inspirational display from Ieroklis Stoltidis helped the Greek champions to a stunning 3-0 victory over Group C rivals Werder Bremen in Athens (Stoltidis 12, 74, Kovačević 70).
  • December 15: Employment Minister Vassilis Magginas resigns following allegations he employed uninsured immigrants and had an improper permit for his holiday home.

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