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  • 1917: The city centre of Thessaloniki is destroyed by a fire.
  • 1929: Spyros Mercouris is elected Mayor of Athens.
  • 1949: Yugoslavia decides to return some 11,300 children that were forcibly expatriated from Greece during the Greek Civil War.
  • 1973 - Three people were killed and 55 wounded after two Arab gunmen opened fire and threw grenades into a crowded passenger lounge at Athens airport.


  • 1962: Vasilis Syllis breaks the Greek record for the 400m with a 47.70 performance. The record will stand for 8 years.