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  • 1902: A powerful earthquake (6.5 on the Richter scale) strikes Thessaloniki
  • 1928: Eleftherios Venizelos' Liberal Party win the national elections.
  • 1958: British troops fire upon civilian protesters in Avgorou, Cyprus, killing pregnant mother Loukia Papageorgiou.
  • 1965: Maria Callas appears for the last time in an opera, at Covent Garden in London, in "Tosca" directed by Franco Zefirelli.
  • 1970: Cyprus holds its second parliamentary elections with the abstention of the Turkish Cypriot community.
  • 1994: The European Court declares the importation of products from Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus "illegal and contrary to EU legislation".


  • 1986: Nikos Galis scores a record 53 points as Greece beat Panama 110-81 for the World Basketball Championship in Zaragoza
  • 1992: Nikos Galis leaves Aris Salonica when the club president president Theofilos Mitroudis offers him a coaching post suggesting he should stop his career as a player. Ten days later, Galis moves to Athens.
  • 1998: Greek-American Pete Sampras wins his 5th successive Wimbledon title, equalling the record set by Bjorn Borg.