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What happened like today in Greece and the world.

235: Maximinus Thrace is proclaimed emperor. He is the first foreigner to ascend the Roman throne.

1602: The Dutch East India Company is founded.

1800: Italian physicist Alessandro Volta announces in a letter to his English friend, Sir Joseph Banks, that he has discovered the battery.

1815: Napoleon Bonaparte returns to Paris after escaping from the island of Elba, where he was in exile. It is followed by 140,000 soldiers and 200,000 volunteers to begin the second period of his rule.

1834: Theodoros Kolokotronis and Dimitrios Plapoutas are referred to trial on charges of conspiracy and ultimate betrayal.

1835: The first municipal elections in Greece are taking place. It lasted 5 days (March 15 – 20).

1852: Harriet Beecher Stowe’s book “The Barba of Thomas Barba” is published, which will sell over 300,000 copies in three months.

1900: Serbian physicist Nikola Tesla receives a patent for the wireless transmission of electricity.

1916: Albert Einstein publishes the Theory of Relativity.

1929: PAOK, after the absorption of AEK Thessaloniki, retains its colors, black and white, but gets a stadium and an emblem. Thus, its signal is changed from the four-leaf clover to the double-headed eagle.

1933Franklin Roosevelt is elected President of the United States, who begins the economic recovery of the country, which is plagued by the crash of the 1920s. The policy that followed will become known as the “New Deal”.

1933: In Germany, the Nazis open the first concentration camp in Dachau.

1947: Giannis Zevgos, a leading member of the KKE and the EAM, is assassinated in Thessaloniki.

1952: The Greek Prime Minister, Nikolaos Plastiras, suffers from a severe hemiplegia. Sophocles Venizelos is taking over the official duties of Prime Minister.

1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono are getting married in Gibraltar.

1986: Jacques Chirac becomes Prime Minister of France.

1987: The World Medicines Agency approves the launch of AZT, the first anti-AIDS drug.

1991: Eric Clapton loses his son, Conor, when at the age of 5 the little one falls from the 53rd floor of a skyscraper. The great rocker will write “Tears in Haven” in his honor.

1996: Panathinaikos defeats OAKA 3-0 against Legia Warsaw in a match for the quarterfinals of the Champions League and qualifies triumphantly in the “4” of the tournament. The first match in the Polish capital had ended in a goalless draw (0-0).

1997: The novelist, Galatia Saranti, is the first woman to be elected a full member of the Academy of Athens.

2003: The US bombing of Baghdad begins. US and British troops are invading the country claiming to have weapons of mass destruction.

2006: ERT launches a free digital television program entitled “ERT Digital”. In the context of this digital television, the channels Sport +, Prisma + and Cine + broadcast.

2007: Taha Yassin Ramadan, a former vice president of Saddam Hussein’s regime, is being hanged in Iraq.

2021A magnitude 7.2 earthquake shakes off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture in Japan, causing tsunami waves of up to 1 meter.

2021: The Organizing Committee of the Tokyo Summer Olympics and Paralympics announces that foreign spectators will not be allowed to enter Japan to watch the Games due to fears of the spread of COVID-19.


1502 – Pierino Belli, Italian military and lawyer

1531 – Antonios, claimant to the throne of Portugal

1572 – Otto III of Harburg, Duke of Braunschweig-Lüneburg

1725 – Abdul Hamid I, Ottoman Sultan

1770 – Friedrich Heilderlin, German writer

1820 – Alexander Ioannis Kouzas, ruler of Romania

1828 – Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian writer

1836 – Edward Powder, British painter

1879 – Mont Menden, Canadian biochemist

1891 – Edmund Goulding, English director

1904 – Burroughs Frederick Skinner, American psychologist

1915 – Sviatoslav Richter, Soviet pianist

1931 – Dinos Christianopoulos, Greek writer

1939 – Dimitri Michalas, American astronomer and writer of Greek descent

1940 – Stathis Haitas, Greek football player

1948 – Nikos Papazoglou, Greek songwriter

1950 – William Hurt, American actor

1954 – Liana Kanelli, Greek journalist and politician

1956 – Kathryn Ashton, English politician

1958 – Holly Hunter, American actress

1959 – Sting (pronounced Steven Borden), American wrestler

1963 – Miroslav Lajκκk, Slovak diplomat

1963 – Jelena Romanova, Russian athlete

1976 – Chester Bennington, American musician

1980 – Robertas Giavtokas, Lithuanian basketball player

1984 – Fernando Torres, Spanish footballer


1191 – Pope Clement III

1239 – Herman von Zaltza, Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights

1390 – Alexios III Megas Komnenos, emperor of Trebizond

1413 – Henry IV, King of England

1440 – Sigismund Kestutaitis, Grand Duke of Lithuania

1568 – Albert, Duke of Prussia

1619 – Matthias, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire

1746 – Nicolas de Larzilier, French painter

1771 – Louis-Michel van Lou, French painter

1816 – Maria I, Queen of Portugal

1835 – Jean-Marie-Joseph Koutel, French engineer and aerostatist

1925 – George Carzon, British politician and regent of India

1929 – Ferdinand Foss, French soldier

1931 – Hermann Miller, German politician

1943 – Heinrich Zimmer, German Indologist

1948 – Aventis Acharonian, Armenian poet

1964 – Brendan Bian, Irish writer

1966 – Dimitrios Galanis, Greek engraver

1983 – Ivan Vinogradov, Russian mathematician

1983 – Ioannis Spyrou, Greek politician

1990 – Lev Yassin, Soviet soccer player

1992 – Bruno Lavanini, Italian scholar and Byzantine scholar

1993 – Polycarp Cush, American physicist

1995 – Big John Stand, American wrestler

1997 – Andreas Lentakis, Greek politician, thinker and writer

2004 – Andreas Theodorou, Cypriot theologian

2004 – Julian, Queen of the Netherlands

2009 – Abdelatif Philali, Moroccan politician

2010 – Giria Prasad Koirala, Nepalese politician

2013 – Zilur Rahman, President of Bangladesh

2014 – Iniaki Askuna, Spanish politician

2015 – Anthony Jude Perrault, American drummer

2017 – John Gicheno, politician from Papua New Guinea

2017 – David Rockefeller, American banker

Source: News Beast

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