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Armenia : Discover the country's culture


'The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America's response' (2003), Peter Balakian.
'Black Dog of Fate: An American Son uncovers his American Past' (1998), Peter Balakian.


Lonely Planet Guide. 2004 Edition


"Traditional Armenian Music: Kanonne", Elia Pehlivanian, (2000).


"Dayra jazz", by Georges Kazazian.

Armenia : Discover the country's history

Historical dates

End of the 7th century BC: the Armenians settled in Ourartou.
301 AD: Christianity became the state religion.
From the 11th to the 20th century: Armenia suffered several invasions: Turkish, Seljuk, Mongol, Mameluke, Persian, and Ottoman.
1915-1916: genocide of the Armenians by the Turks.
1918: The first independent Armenian Republic was proclaimed.
1922: Armenia was annexed by the USSR.
7 December 1988: The Spitak Earthquake kills at least 25,000 people.
1990: victory of the National Armenian Movement following legislative elections. Vazken Manoukian becomes Prime Minister.
16 October 1991: Levon Ter Petrossian elected President of the Armenian Republic.
21 September: Referendum. Armenia proclaims its independence.
1992: Admission of the Republic of Armenia to the UN.
From 1988 to 1993: War of Karabakh and birth of the Autonomous Republic of Karabakh.
May 1994: The Armenians go into the lead at Karabakh - signing of a ceasefire.
5 July 1995: New constitution for the Armenian Republic.
September 1996: Riots break out in front of Government Buildings.
February 1998: Levon Ter Petrossian resigns.
30 March 1998: Robert Kotcharianest is elected President of the Republic of Armenia.
12 May 2000: Andranik Markaryan becomes Prime Minister.
18 January 2001: Recognition of the Armenian genocide by the French government (the law was passed on 30 January).
5 March 2003: Robert Kotcharian re-elected.
2008: Prime Minister of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan becomes president.

Armenia : Stay up to date on the country's holidays and events


1st January:
New Year's Day.

8 March:
Women's Day.
7 April:
Motherhood and Beauty Day.
24 April:
Genocide Memorial Day.
9 May:
Victory and Peace Day.
5 July:
Constitution Day.
21 September:
Independence Day.
7 December:
Earthquake Memorial Day.
31 December:
New Year's Eve.

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