01 January 1981
Greece joined the European Union

01 January 2002
Greece adopted the Euro as its official currency

01 January 2008
Cyprus adopted the Euro as its official currency

01 January 2010
A ban on smoking in all enclosed public places came into force in Cyprus

06 January 1934
The President of Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos was born

08 January 2006
An earthquake occurred just off the island of Kythira, south of Athens, with a magnitude of 6.7

09 January 2015
The Cypriot airline Cyprus Airways ceased operations on the island, following a ruling by the European Commission ordering the return of a Government bailout payment

10 January 1950
The volcano on the small inhabited island of Nea Kameni in the centre of Santorini erupted, followed afterwards by a series of further eruptions over a period of 4 weeks

11 January 705
Pope John VI, a Greek from Ephesus, died

11 January 1923
King Constantine I of Greece died at the age of 54

13 January 1822
Greece’s national flag was officially adopted by the country

13 January 1955
The National Organization of Cypriot Fighters (Ethniki Organosis Kyprion Agoniston – EOKA) was formally established

15 January 1906
Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis was born

17 January 1369
King Peter I of Cyprus was assassinated by three of his own knights. He was succeeded by his son Peter II who became the King of Cyprus at the age of 12

25 January 2015
The singer Demi Roussos died

25 January 2016
Christiana Hadjiordanou a singer from Larnaca, Cyprus won Bulgaria’s X-Factor talent contest

27 January 1974
Georgios Grivas, a Cyprus-born general in the Greek army and leader of the EOKA guerrilla organisation and the EOKA B paramilitary organisation, died

28 January 2008
Archbishop Christodoulos of Greece died


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