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1824: English Lord Byron Dies in Greece as a Hero in the Struggle for Independence from the Ottoman Turks

1824: English Lord Byron Dies in Greece as a Hero in the Struggle for Independence from the Ottoman Turks
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  • Historical event:
  • 19 April 1824
  • Lord Byron was a famous English poet who died at the age of 36 during the Greek War of Independence. He participated in the war against the Ottoman Empire.

The famous Lord Byron, English poet and adventurer, died on this day in 1824.

His name was George Gordon Byron, and he inherited the title of Lord Byron at the age of 10. He held the title of the 6th Baron Byron of Rochdale, in the county of Lancaster. All barons in England are addressed as “Lord”.

Lord Byron died at the age of 36 during the Greek War of Independence. He participated in the war against the Ottoman Empire. He was preparing to attack the Ottoman fortress near Lepanto when he got a fever, and died on this day in 1824.

Lepanto (Naupakt or Naupaktos), which Byron planned to attack, is situated on a bay on the north coast of the Gulf of Corinth. The famous Battle of Lepanto in 1571 is named after it, and the Christians defeated the Ottoman fleet during this battle.

Byron died in the Greek town of Mesolongi, thirty kilometers from Lepanto. The Greeks consider him a hero in their struggle for independence due to his support, and the fact that he died during the war. One of the neighborhoods in Athens is named after him – Vironas (Βύρωνας), because the Viron (Βύρων) is a Greek form of the name Byron. Indeed, the name Viron (Βύρων) is a male name in Greece.

If Lord Byron had survived, it is possible he would have become the first king of the independent Greece (a far-fetched theory). The title of King of Greece was given to Otto Wittelsbach, the son of the Bavarian king, in 1832.

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