|Official Name:||Hellenic Republic|
|Area:||131,957 sq km|
|Population:||11.4 million (2011)|
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Greece has over 3,000 islands, around 140 of them are inhabited
Hailed as one of the most important singers of our time, Diamanda Galás has earned international acclaim for her highly original and politically charged performance works, as well as her memorable rendition of jazz and blues. A resident of New York City since 1989, she was born to Anatolian and Greek parents, who always encouraged her gift for piano.
Hailed as one of the most important singers of our time, Diamanda Galás has earned international acclaim for her highly original and politically charged performance works, as well as her memorable rendition of jazz and blues.
A resident of New York City since 1989, she was born to Anatolian and Greek parents, who always encouraged her gift for piano.
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Onassisâ€™s childhood was dominated by the principles of the Orthodox Church. Unsurprisingly, this upbringing influenced him throughout his life and, while not openly a religious man, he retained many of the qualities imparted to him through the church.
Onassis had to leave Smyrna after the Greeks were defeated by the Turks in 1922, travelling to Argentina, where he revived the family tobacco business by building a new market for the product there. In a few years the business flourished and Onassis had made his first million.
The tobacco business was too limited for a man of Onassisâ€™ dreams and, in the early 1930s, he purchased his first ships.
It took him only a few days to expand his fleet and, by the end of the decade, he had entered the tanker business, which was potentially far more profitable.
In 1946, Onassis married Tina Livanos, the daughter of Stavros Livanos, an important Greek shipowner. Tina had American citizenship and they set up home in New York.
Later, Onassis became brother-in-law to Stavros Niarchos, another shipowner and with that, the three men, Onassis, Livanos and Niarchos, formed the most powerful shipping group in the world. Rivalry would later develop, but it remained a powerful force.
In 1957, Onassis turned his attention skywards and took over the failing Greek National Airline, making it into a private business, Olympic Airways of Greece.
Onassis divorced his wife in 1961. He had a long relationship with the singer, Maria Callas, but in 1968 married the most famous woman in the world at that time, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, the widow of President John F. Kennedy.
Tragedy struck in 1973, when Alexander Onassis, Onassisâ€™s son from his first marriage, died in a plane accident. Onassis was devastated.
Not long after, on the 15th March, 1975, Onassis died. He was buried on his island near his son Alexander.