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Thousands March in Athens for Polytechnic Uprising Anniversary

Thousands of people marched through Athens Wednesday to mark the anniversary of the Polytechnic uprising against the military dictatorship on November 17,1973. More than 5,000 police were deployed to keep order, as violence involving anarchist demonstrators has often marred the annual...

Athens Polytechnic Uprising: How Brave Students Rebelled Against the Junta

The Athens Polytechnic uprising occurred on November 17, 1973 as a massive student demonstration of the popular rejection of the Greek military junta of 1967–1974. The uprising that began on November 17, 1973 escalated to an open anti-junta revolt, and...

How the Athens Polytechnic Uprising Ideals Lost their Glow

The Athens Polytechnic uprising anniversary on November 17 against the military dictatorship in Greece has lost its glow and it is often marred by clashes between police and extreme left groups. In November 1973, it had been six and a...

When Greek Police Could Arrest Young Men for Being “Teddy Boys”

  Members of the underground subculture inspired by rock and roll and American and English fashions, called "Teddy Boys," once risked being arrested for their lifestyle in Greece. Greece's post-war years were marked by poverty, political turmoil that led to the...

Giorgos Seferis: The First Greek Poet to Win the Nobel Prize

On December 10, 1963, Greek diplomat and poet Giorgos Seferis was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature by King Gustav of Sweden.

Kostas Georgakis, the Student Who Set Himself on Fire for Greece

Kostas Georgakis, a Greek geology student who was attending university in Italy, set himself on fire in Genoa on September 19, 1970 as a protest against the Greek military dictatorship of the time. The 22-year-old's last words were "Long...

Mikis Theodorakis’ Historic Concert After the Fall of the Junta

Mikis Theodorakis, who died on Thursday in Athens at 96, gave a memorable and highly emotional concert in 1974 a few months after the fall of the Greek military junta. Theodorakis, a left-winger, was arrested in 1967 by the dictators,...

My Afternoon With Zorba: When Mikis Theodorakis was Banned in Greece

During the time of the military junta in Greece, from 1967 to 74, Greek composer and activist Mikis Theodorakis' music was banned. By Bill Thomas The road to my afternoon with Zorba began in 1968. I was in the US Navy...

The Day Democracy Was Restored in Greece After the Junta

The five days between July 20 and July 24, 1974 were the most turbulent in modern Greek history.

July 15, 1974: The Cyprus Coup that Gave the Pretext for Turkey to Invade

On July 15,1974, a military coup took place in Cyprus instigated by the junta in Athens, giving Turkey the pretext to invade five days later. The plotters overthrew the President of the Republic of Cyprus Archbishop Makarios and installed a...