This Past Week in History


Alexandros Ypsilantis statue in Athens. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Alexandros Z0ntanos)

December 8th: On this day in 1966, a Greek ferry, “The Heraklion,” sank in the Aegean Sea during a raging storm of the type once attributed to the anger of Zeus. It is estimated that more than 200 individuals lost their lives in the sinking – but the actual number still remains unknown since at that time, many passengers bought their tickets after embarking onto the ship. The 17-year-old ship weighed nearly 9,000 tons was on its regular route from the fabled island of Crete to Athens’ port of Piraeus. The ship was manufactured in Glasgow to operate the UK – Burma...

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