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Athens
Athens , is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world's oldest cities, as its recorded history spans around 3,400 years. Classical Athens was a powerful city-state...
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490BC
9.10.490 BC
The Battle of Marathon takes places between the forces of the Persian Empire and those of Athens
338BC
8.2.338 BC
A Macedonian army led by Philip II defeated the combined forces of Athens and Thebes in the Battle of Chaeronea, securing Macedonian hegemony in Greece and the Aegean.
322BC
8.7.322 BC
Battle of Crannon between Athens and Macedon.
86BC
3.1.86 BC
Lucius Cornelius Sulla, at the head of a Roman Republic army, enters Athens, removing the tyrant Aristion who was supported by troops of Mithridates VI of Pontus.
1687
9.26.1687
The Parthenon in Athens is partially destroyed by an explosion caused by the bombing from Venetian forces led by Morosini who are besieging the Ottoman Turks stationed in Athens.
9.26.1687
The Parthenon in Athens is partially destroyed by an explosion caused by the bombing from Venetian forces led by Morosini who are besieging the Ottoman Turks stationed in Athens.
1859
11.15.1859
The first modern revival of the Olympic Games takes place in Athens, Greece.
1863
10.30.1863
Danish Prince Wilhelm arrives in Athens to assume his throne as George I, King of the Hellenes.
1896
4.6.1896
In Athens, the opening of the first modern Olympic Games is celebrated, 1,500 years after the original games are banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I.
1901
11.8.1901
Bloody clashes take place in Athens following the translation of the Gospels into demotic Greek.
1906
4.22.1906
The 1906 Summer Olympics, not now recognized as part of the official Olympic Games, open in Athens.
1917
6.11.1917
King Alexander assumes the throne of Greece after his father Constantine I abdicates under pressure by allied armies occupying Athens.
1941
4.23.1941
World War II: The Greek government and King George II evacuate Athens before the invading Wehrmacht.
4.27.1941
World War II: German troops enter Athens.
1944
12.3.1944
Greek Civil War: Fighting breaks out in Athens between the ELAS and government forces supported by the British Army.
1967
5.11.1967
Andreas Papandreou, Greek economist and socialist politician, is imprisoned in Athens by the Greek military junta.
1968
8.13.1968
Alexandros Panagoulis attempts to assassinate the Greek dictator Colonel Georgios Papadopoulos in Varkiza, Athens.
1976
6.27.1976
Air France Flight 139 (Tel Aviv-Athens-Paris) is hijacked en route to Paris by the PLO and redirected to Entebbe, Uganda.
1981
2.24.1981
An earthquake registering 6.7 on the Richter scale hits Athens, killing 16 people and destroying buildings in several towns west of the city.
1985
6.14.1985
TWA Flight 847 is hijacked by Hezbollah shortly after take-off from Athens, Greece.
11.23.1985
Gunmen hijack EgyptAir Flight 648 while en route from Athens to Cairo. When the plane lands in Malta, Egyptian commandos storm the hijacked jetliner, but 60 people die in the raid.
1999
9.7.1999
A 5.9 magnitude earthquake rocks Athens, rupturing a previously unknown fault, killing 143, injuring more than 500, and leaving 50,000 people homeless.
2003
4.16.2003
The Treaty of Accession is signed in Athens admitting 10 new member states to the European Union.