2014

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Events

January

February

March

  • March 2: Panathinaikos ends Olympiakos' 27-match unbeaten league run with a 3-0 away victory.
  • March 6: German President, Joachim Gauck, pays a state visit to Greece.
  • March 8: Kostas Filippidis wins the gold medal in the pole vault, with 5.80m, at the World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland.
  • March 15: Olympiakos defeat Panthrakikos 2-0 and become the first European team to clinch their championship.
  • March 19: Public sector union ADEDY starts a 48h strike against reserve labour and possible layoffs in the public sector.
  • March 22: Cyprus declares a three-day mourning period for the death of serving Defence Minister Tasos Mitsopoulos.
  • March 25: Corrections officer, Georgios Tsironis, is brutally murdered by Albanian inmate Ili Kareli in Malandrino prison.
  • March 28: Murderer Ili Kareli is found dead in his cell at Nigrita prison where he was transferred, following his murder of warden Georgios Tsironis.

April

  • April 4: An earthquake, measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale, strikes 29km SE of Hydra.
  • April 8: Six Nigrita prison officers are held in custody for the death of inmate Ili Kareli.
  • April 9: Unions begin a 24-hour general strike, throughout Greece, to protest layoffs and privatisations.
  • April 10: A bomb blows up outside the Greek central bank in Athens. There is damage but no injuries.
  • April 10: Greece returns to the international bond market after a four-year absence.
  • April 25: Standard and Poor’s and Fitch both upgrade their ratings and outlook for Cyprus based on the better-than-expected performance of its economy.
  • April 26: Panathinaikos defeat PAOK 4-1 to lift the Greek Football Cup.
  • April 27: A 13-year old boy dies and his 9-year old sister is injured in a freak accident at an amusement park.

May

  • May 5: Cypriot president Nikos Anastasiades pays an official state visit to Germany.
  • May 6: Alki Larnaca announce their dissolution.
  • May 12: An earthquake, measuring 5 on the Richter scale, strikes 32km North of Igoumenitsa.
  • May 12: The European Court of Human Rights orders Turkey to pay €90 million in part compensation to Cyprus over the 1974 invasion of the island. €30 million are for damages to relatives of those missing in the invasion and €60 million for the enclaved Greek-Cypriot residents of the Karpasia peninsula.
  • May 13: Turkey announces that it has no plans to pay the €90 million to Cyprus awarded by the European Court of Human Rights.
  • May 18: The first round of Mayoral and regional elections are held throughout Greece.
  • May 21: US Vice President, John Biden, arrives in Cyprus on an official 3-day visit. This marks the first time a senior US official visits the island since Lyndon Johnson’s visit in 1962.
  • May 21: APOEL defeat Ermis Aradippou 2-0 to win the Cyprus Football Cup.
  • May 23: Fitch ratings agency upgrades Greece's credit rating to "B" from "B-".
  • May 24: A strong earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale strikes the area between the islands of Lemnos and Samothrace.
  • May 25: The second round of the mayoral and regional elections is held throughout Greece along with the election for the European Parliament. Georgios Kaminis and Yiannis Boutaris are re-elected mayors of Athens and Thessaloniki respectively while Ioannis Moralis wins in Piraeus. SYRIZA surprisingly win the European elections.
  • May 30: A Greek court awards the non-profit organisation "The Child's Smile" custody of five-year old Maria - a blonde girl who had been found living in a Roma camp in October 2013.
  • May 31: APOEL defeat AEL 1-0 and win the Cyprus league title.

June

  • June 4: Panathinaikos defeats Olympiakos 82-71, in their fifth and decisive playoff game, and win their 34th Greek championship.
  • June 9: PM Antonis Samaras announces the members of his reshuffled cabinet.
  • June 10: The new cabinet is sworn in.
  • June 13: An earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale, strikes off the coast of Kassos.
  • June 13: Greek police seize 1.13 tons of heroin and arrest 11 individuals for drug trafficking. The seizure was the biggest of its kind in Greek history.
  • June 14: Greece lose their WC 2014 opener against Colombia 3-0.
  • June 19: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrives in Athens for an official visit to Greece.
  • June 20: Greece battle Japan to a 0-0 draw in their second WC 2014 game.
  • June 24: Greece defeat the Ivory Coast 2-1 and qualify for the World Cup round of 16.
  • June 29: Greece lose a penalty shootout against Costa Rica and are eliminated from the World Cup. The regulation time score was 1-1.
  • June 30: The Greek presidency of the EU ends.

July

August

  • August 1: The Hellenic Navy frigate "Salamis" successfully evacuates 186 people from war-torn Libya, including the personnel of the Greek Embassy.
  • August 1: Moody's Investors Service upgrades Greece's government bond rating two notches: from Caa3 to Caa1.
  • August 12: Archaeologists unearth a vast tomb in Amphipolis, Macedonia, Greece, dating to the period just after the death of Alexander the Great.
  • August 13: Ermis Aradippou win the Cyprus Super Cup, for the first time in their history, by defeating favourites APOEL 2-1.
  • August 15: A 39-year old man is murdered in Astros by his 75-year old father who was assisted in the crime by his brother (aged 71), his son-in-law (aged 53) and the 67-year old mother of the victim.
  • August 22: An earthquake, measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, strikes the Chalkidiki peninsula.
  • August 26: APOEL defeat AaB Aalborg 4-0 to advance into the group stage of the Champions League.
  • August 28: Apollon Limassol stun Lokomotiv 4-1 in Moscow to advance to the group stage of the Europa League.
  • August 29: An earthquake, measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale, strikes the Aegean Sea, 145km SE of Athens.
  • August 29: Ilias Iliadis wins gold in judo at the 2014 World Championships in Chelnyabinsk, Russia.

September

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December

Deaths

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December