January 18: Greek-owned super-tanker, Maran Centaurus, is released by Somali pirates after a ransom was paid. Its crew of nine Greeks and 19 foreigners were unharmed.
January 19: The British Court of Appeal judges in favour of Cypriot refugee Meletis Apostolides in the case of Apostolides v Orams. Apostolides had sued Mr and Mrs Orams for illegal use of his property in Lapithos in Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus.
February 25: Panathinaikos advance in the Europa Cup after a 3-2 triumph over AS Roma in Stadio Olimpico. The first game in Athens had also ended in a 3-2 victory.
March 3: PM Giorgos Papandreou announces a series of new austerity measures designed to combat the country's huge economic deficit. These include increases in VAT, a 15% increase in petrol tax, freezes in pensions and a 30% cut in Easter and Christmas bonuses for civil servants.
April 8: Athanassios Lerounis, a Greek national kidnapped by the Taliban eight months ago in Pakistan is released. He was abducted while based in the northern district of Chitral, where he worked as the curator of a heritage museum for several years.
April 11: The eurozone maps out a plan to lend Greece 30 billion euros in 2010, at a rate of five percent.
April 22: The EU sharply increases Athens' 2009 public deficit estimate to 13.6 percent. Moody's cuts Greece's sovereign debt rating a notch from A2 to A3, sparking market panic.
April 23: Greece asks its European Union peers and the International Monetary Fund for 10 billion euros ($159 billion) of urgent aid (a bailout loan) at low rates, promising new austerity measures.
April 27: Standard & Poor's downgrades Greece's sovereign debt to junk status and cuts Portugal and Spain's credit ratings. European stock exchanges tumble.
May 1: Violent protests against proposed austerity measures take place throughout Greece.
May 2: Athens announces a drastic austerity programme. Eurozone members and the IMF agree to a €110bn (£95bn; $146.2bn) three-year bail-out package to rescue Greece's embattled economy.
May 3: The European Central Bank suspends benchmark criteria for lending to Greek banks.
May 5: Greece is paralysed by a general strike as workers protest the austerity measures proposed by PM Papandreou to combat the national debt. During the protests, three people die in a firebomb attack on an Athens bank.
May 6: Greek parliament approves latest austerity bill.
May 7: Eurozone leaders meet at a summit to stem the Greek crisis and stop the crisis from spreading.
May 7: Olympiakos defeat Partizan Belgrade 83-80 to advance to the final of the Euroleague.
May 9: Olympiakos fail to win the Euroleague as they lose 86-68, in the final, to Barcelona.
May 9: The IMF unanimously approves its part of the rescue loans, with 5.5 billion euros being provided immediately.
May 18: Greece receives a 14.5 billion euro ($18.7 billion) loan from the EU and can now repay its immediate debt.
May 25: Newly-elected Turkish-Cypriot leader, Dervis Eroglu, meets for the first time with President Dimitris Christofias as the Cyprus talks continue where they left off before the Turkish-Cypriot elections.
June 12: Greece open their World Cup 2010 campaign with a disappointing 2-0 defeat at the hands of S. Korea.
June 17: Greece score their first goals and record their first win in World Cup Soccer at the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament in South Africa, beating Nigeria with a score of 2-1. The goals for Greece were scored by Dimitris Salpingidis (becoming the first Greek ever to score at the final tournament of a Euro and a World Cup) 44' and Vassilis Torosidis 71'.
June 22: Greece end their World Cup 2010 campaign with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Argentina.
July 7: Greek parliament passes pension reform, a key requirement of the EU/IMF deal, cutting benefits, curbing widespread early retirement and raising women's retirement age from 60 to match men at 65.
July 8: Yet another general strike takes place throughout Greece.
July 15: Olympiakos FC defeat KS Besa of Albania 5-0 in the 2nd qualifying round of the Europa League, recording their greatest ever away win in Europe.
July 19: Reporter Socrates Giolas is murdered outside his home in Ilioupolis by unknown assailants. Police said ballistics tests tied the killers' guns to previous attacks by the leftist militants Sect of Revolutionaries.
July 21: Giorgos Papandreou pays an official state visit to Israel - the first by a Greek PM since 1993 when the two countries established full diplomatic relations.
August 1: Temperatures in Cyprus hit an all-time August record of 46C in the shade.
August 5: Olympiakos lose 1-0 to underdogs Maccabi Tel-Aviv and are eliminated from European competition.
August 5: EU and IMF inspectors give Greece the green light for a fresh 9 billion euro tranche from the bailout.
August 16: PM Benjamin Netanyahu visits Greece - the first ever official state visit by an Israeli PM to Greece.
August 24: Greek archaeologists, led by Thanasis Papadopoulos, claim they have found the palace of Odysseus during excavations on the Ithaca island in the Ionian Sea.
August 26: Two Hellenic Airforce F-16 jets collide over Crete during a military exercise. One pilot is killed, two are seriously injured.
August 26: The three clubs representing Greece - AEK, PAOK and Aris - all draw in their Europa League playoff games and advance to the group stage. The two clubs representing Cyprus - APOEL and Omonia - also draw but are eliminated.
September 1: A new law comes into force in Greece banning smoking in enclosed public spaces.
October 11: Policeman, Epaminondas Korkoneas, is found guilty, by a court in Amfissa, of intentionally shooting 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos on December 6, 2008. He is sentenced to life imprisonment. A second policeman, Vasilis Saraliotis, is convicted of complicity and receives a 10-year sentence.
October 20: Reversing one of the most infamous court decisions in Greek history, the Supreme Court posthumously acquits six top politicians and soldiers executed nearly 90 years ago for a crushing military defeat that indelibly marked modern Greece. The six - who included three ex-prime ministers (Petros Protopapadakis, Nikolaos Stratos and Dimitrios Gounaris) and a former general-in-chief - were convicted of high treason in 1922, amid a wave of popular discontent after Greece lost the 1919-1922 war against Turkey. The Supreme Court judges accepted evidence for the defense that was not available at the 1922 court martial, and reversed the guilty verdict.
October 26: The European Court on Human Rights awards 19 Cypriots the sum of €15,001,498 as compensation for denial, by Turkey, of use and enjoyment of their property in the occupied north.
November 26: To Vima newspaper says it is ending its printed daily edition due to declining readership, as the country's debt crisis takes a growing toll on the media sector. An editorial said online visitors had far outnumbered newsstand buyers — selling 8,000 print issues Thursday, while receiving 82,000 online visitors.
December 1: ArisThessaloniki defeat Atletico Madrid 3-2 and become the first Greek club to win a European competition match on Spanish soil. AEK also win away 3-1 v. Hajduk Split.
December 6: Three injured, 40 detained in Athens in clashes between Greek youth and police in a series of rallies to mark the second anniversary of the fatal police shooting of teenager Alexandros Grigoropoulos.
December 14: The eighth edition of the Match Against Poverty is held in Greece. Zidane and Ronaldo's All-Stars draw 2-2 against Olympiakos with the proceeds going to combat poverty in Haiti and Pakistan.