September 21, 2022, Today
480 BC… The Persian general Mardonius occupies Athens, which had been abandoned by its inhabitants before the naval battle of Salamis. He sets fire to the Acropolis and the city. He offers the Athenians to return to the city and help them rebuild if they accept a truce. They reject the proposal.
1792…. The French Convention votes to abolish the monarchy.
1895… In the USA, the first car manufacturing company is established by Frank Duryea, under the name “Duryea Motor Wagon Company”.
1898….Empress Dowager Cixi takes power in China, ending the 100-Day Reform started by Emperor Wangxu.
1901….Louisiana’s first oil well is drilled in the Jennings area.
1915…. The establishment of the Entente forces in Thessaloniki ignites an acrimonious debate in the Hellenic Parliament. The Venizelos government finally gets a vote of confidence from the Parliament for its pro-Atlantic policy, with 142 in favor, 102 against and 13 abstentions.
1919…. The Orian Express resumes the Istanbul-Paris routes.
1925…. The gang of the legendary Fotis Giagoulas and Leonidas Babanis is neutralized. In Kleftovrysi Olympos, a detachment of the Gendarmerie exterminates the robbers Iagoula, Babani and Tsamitra. Their heads are placed in public view in Katerini.
1930… In Ecuador, a team of archaeologists discovers Inca treasures, the value of which amounts to 15 million dollars.
1941… World War II: The Nazis cut off the Crimean peninsula from the USSR.
1944… World War II: The III Greek Mountain Brigade, after a fierce battle with the Germans, enters Rimini, Italy and raises the Greek flag.
1951…. Prime Minister Sofocles Venizelos welcomes the decision taken at the Ottawa Conference on the accession of Greece to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
1964…. Malta gains independence from the United Kingdom.
1965… In Greece, the daughter of the Kings is baptized. Her name is Alexia.
1974…. The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) is legalized.
1976… In Greece, a bill is announced, according to which all single Greek women between the ages of 20-32 will serve in the army.
1985… Madonna reaches No.1 in the UK charts for the first time with her album ‘Like a Virgin’.
1990… Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios visits Mount Athos.
1991…. Armenia, following a referendum, declares its independence within the framework of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
…. On the same day, the American basketball federation announces, ahead of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, the creation of the so-called “Dream Team”, made up of NBA players.
1992…. In a referendum held in France, 51.05% of voters are in favor of the Maastricht Treaty.
….. On the same day, the Vatican announces the establishment of diplomatic relations with Mexico, ending a 130-year enmity marred by bloody persecution of clerics.
1993…. Constitutional crisis in Russia. President Boris Yeltsin dissolves Parliament, calls early elections for December 11-12 and abolishes the Constitution.
2003… Nikos Kaklamanakis wins the silver medal in the Mistral category at the World Championships in Cadiz, Spain.
On this day in 1452 the monk and commander of Florence, Hieronymus Savonarola, was born, in 1934 the Canadian singer, songwriter and writer, Leonard Cohen, in 1947 the American author and horror meter, Stephen King, in 1950 the American actor, Bill Murray and in 1966 the American actor, Kiefer Sutherland.
On the same day in 1832 the Scottish novelist and poet, Sir Walter Scott, known for his work “Ivanois” died, in 1996 the businessman Theodoros Vardinogiannis, in 1998 the American athlete Florence Griffith Joyner and in 2006 the academic and author, Tasos Athanasiadis (The Pantheons, The Throne Room, The Guards of Achaia, The Last Grandsons).
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