490 BC The Battle of Marathon takes places between the forces of the Persian Empire and those of Athens
322 BC Battle of Crannon between Athens and Macedon.
1859 The first modern revival of the Olympic Games takes place in Athens, Greece.
1901 Bloody clashes take place in Athens following the translation of the Gospels into demotic Greek.
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.
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.