Georgios Papadopoulos

Georgios Papadopoulos (/ˌpæpəˈdɒpələs/;[1][2] Greek: Γεώργιος Παπαδόπουλος [ʝeˈorʝi.os papaˈðopulos]; 5 May 1919 – 27 June 1999) was a Greek dictator, the head of the military coup d'état that took place in Greece on 21 April 1967, and leader of the junta that ruled the country from 1967 to 1974. He held his dictatorial power until 1973, when he was himself overthrown by his co-conspirator Dimitrios Ioannidis.


Georgios Papadopoulos
Γεώργιος Παπαδόπουλος
President of Greece
In office
1 June 1973  25 November 1973
Vice PresidentOdysseas Angelis
Preceded byConstantine II
(as King of the Hellenes)
Succeeded byPhaedon Gizikis
Prime Minister of Greece
In office
13 December 1967  8 October 1973
MonarchConstantine II (until 1973)
PresidentHimself (from 1973)
DeputyStylianos Pattakos
Preceded byKonstantinos Kollias
Succeeded bySpyros Markezinis
Regent of Greece
In office
21 March 1972  31 May 1973
MonarchConstantine II
Preceded byGeorgios Zoitakis
Succeeded byNone (monarchy abolished)
(Odysseas Angelis as Vice-President of Greece)
Personal details
Born(1919-05-05)5 May 1919
Elaiohori, Kingdom of Greece
Died27 June 1999(1999-06-27) (aged 80)
Athens, Greece
Resting placeFirst Cemetery of Athens
NationalityGreek
Political partyNational Political Union
(1984–1996)
Spouse(s)Niki Vasileiadi
Despina Gaspari
Children3
Alma materHellenic Military Academy
Signature
Military service
Allegiance
Branch/service
Years of service1940–1973
Rank Colonel (in Hellenic Army)
Battles/warsBattle of Greece
Greek Civil War
1967 Greek coup d'état

Papadopoulos was a Colonel of the Artillery. During World War II, he resisted the Italian 1940 invasion and later joined the right-wing resistance movement „Organization X“, a group lead by Georgios Grivas.