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King Alexander of Greece
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    (August 1, 1893-October 25, 1920)
    Born in Athens, Greece
    King of Greece (1917-20)
    He was basically a rubber stamp for his prime minister.
    He caused a scandal when he eloped with a commoner (1919).
    He is remembered less for anything he did as king than for his death as a result of being bitten by a monkey.
    He made a number of morale-building trips to the front lines in World War I.
    He was defending his pet dog from an attack when he got bitten.
    After his death, his father resumed the throne and involved Greece in a war with Turkey that produced a quarter of a million casualties, prompting Winston Churchill to write, 'It was a monkey bite that caused the death of those 250,000 people.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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