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Important Dates From the History of Armenia
1895............... Introduction of the reformation plan for the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire by the major European powers
1895/96 Armenian massacres by Sultan Hamid
1896 Occupation of Bank Ottoman
1903 The Russian goverment attempts to confiscate the Church estates of St. Etchmiadzin
1905/6 Armenian-Tatar fighting in Baku, Yerevan, Nakhichevan, Kharabagh, Zankezur, Gonja and Tbilisi
1907 Death of Khrimian Hayrig
1908 Proclamation of Ottoman Constitution
1909 Massacres of Adana
1914-18 First World War
1914-15 Creation of Armenian Voluntary Brigades
April 24, 1915 Beginning of the Armenian Genocide. Armenian intellectuals and leaders arrested in Constantinople
1915-1917 Armenian Genocide
1915 The heroic resistance of Van under the leadership of Aram Manougian
1915 The resistance of Shabin Karahisar
1915 The heroic resistance of Musa Dagh and Urfa
1917 Following the February revolution in Russia, creation of special Committee liar Transcausasia (OZAKOM). Pans of Western Armenia liberated by Armenian and Russian fighters is declared as a separate region.
May 28, 1918 Following the heroic battles of Sartarabad, Bash Abaran and Gharakilise, Armenia declares independence.
1919 Official proclamation of united and independent Armenia
Aug. 10, 1920 Treaty of Sevres
Dec. 2, 1920 Fall of the Independent Republic of Armenia
1921 Popular revolt against the Communist rule in Armenia
1921 Assassination of Talaat Pasha by Soghomon Tehlirian
1930 Establishment of the Catholicosate of Cilicia in Antelias, Lebanon
1955 Election and Consecration of H.H. Vasken I, Catholicos of all Armenians
1956 Election and Consecration of H.H. Zareh I, Catholicos of Cilicia
1963 Death of Catholicos Zareh I
1963 Election and consecration of H.H. Khoren I, Catholicos of Cilicia
1977 Election and consecration of H.H. Karekin II, Coadjutor Catholicos of Cilicia 
1983 Death of H.H. Khoren I, Catholicos of Cilicia
1988 Beginning of popular demonstrations in Armenia for the liberation of Artsakh (Nagomo Karabagh)
Dec. 7, 1988 Disastrous Earthquake of Armenia
1990 Parliamentary elections in Armenia. Formation of the national parliament Election of Levon Ter-Petrossian, President of the Parliament
1990 Adoption of the process of independence of Armenia
1990 Adoption of Tricolor as national flag of the new republic
1991 Adoption of "Mer Hayrenik' as national anthem for the new republic Armenia becomes an independent country lbllowing the overwhelming approval of a national referendum.
Oct. 16, 1991 Levon Ter-Petrossian becomes Armenia's first democratically Elected president.
1991 AT&T begins direct-dial long-distance service to Armenia
Nov. 11, 1991 Levon Ter-Petrossyan is inaugurated as the first President of the Republic of Armenia
1991 President Ter-Petrossyan meets for the first time with U.S. President George Bush
1991 President Ter-Petrossyan meets with Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in Ottawa
Dec. 25, 1991 U.S. President George Bush announces that the United States officially recognizes the independent Republic of Armenia
1992 U.S. Embassy opens in Armenia, the first foreign country to set up a diplomatic mission in Armenia
March 1992 Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Washington, DC opens its doors and Armenia becomes a member of the United Nations
April 1992 Armenia is the first of the former Soviet republics to sign a comprehensive bilateral trade agreement with the United States
April 1992 Armenia signs the Paris Charter of the Conference on Security and Cooperation (CSCE) in Europe thus becoming a member of the organization, which is a forum for European countries to discuss defense, human rights, and economic cooperation
May 1992 Armenia submits a formal request to the United Nations Security Councilto convene to address the conflict in Nagorno-Karabagh. The Security Council meets on May 12 and decides to send a fact-finding mission to Nagorno-Karabagh
May 1992 Armenia becomes the 163rd country and the sixth former Soviet republic to sign the Articles of Agreement of the International Monetary Fund thus becoming a member of the organization.
June 1992 Armenian Foreign Minister Raffi Hovannisian attends and is a featured speaker at the North Atlantic Cooperation Council Meeting in Oslo, Norway, largely focusing on the need for an immediate cease-fire by Azerbaijan and Nagomo-Karabagh and international mediation to resolve the conflict through peaceful negotiations
1992 Armenia suspends its participation in the third round of the Preliminary Emergency Meeting of the Minsk Group, which had been convened by the CSCE to address the conflict in Nagomo-Karabagh. Armenia cites obstruction by the Turkish and Azerbaijani delegations in preventing consensus among the 11 participating countries and failure to find a way to allow the elected representatives of Nagorno-Karabagh to participate in the peace talks as the compelling reasons for its action
1992 U.S. Peace Corps start-up team arrives in Yerevan, Armenia's capital city, to begin setting up an official Peace Corps office and full-scale volunteer program in Armenia. Forty Peace Corps volunteers are scheduled to arrive in Yerevan on December 7, 1992, for a two-year stint
1992 Armenia is accepted as an Observer to the Non-Aligned Movement during its summit meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia
Sept. 10, 1992 Armenia becomes the 168th member of the Word Bank, under the sponsorship of the Netherands
1994 Catholicos Vazgen I passes away in Yerevan
1995 Election and Consecration of His Holiness Karekin I, Catholicos of all Armenians
1995 Election and consecration of His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of Cilicia
1998 President Levon Ter Bedrossian elected for a second term.
1998 President Levon Ter Bedrossian resigns
1998 Robert Kocharian is Elected President of Armenia
June 29, 1999 H.H. Karekin I, Catholicos of all Armenians passes away in Yerevan
Oct. 27, 1999 Armed gunmen enter the National Assembly building in Yerevan and shoot dead eight members of the Armenian Parliament -- including the former Defense Minister and Prime Minister Vazgen Sarkisyan, and the Speaker of the Parliament, former Communist-era leader, Karen Demirchyan.
Oct. 27, 1999 H.H. Karekin II Nersissian was elected the 132nd Catholicos of All Armenians

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St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church
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