ARMENIA'S NON-PARTY AFFILIATE, CITY POLICE CHIEF'S BROTHER TO COMPETE AGAINST ONE ANOTHER FOR PARLIAMENTARY SEAT - NEWSPAPER
- YEREVAN. - The ruling coalition's Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) has decided to support in Artik city the parliamentary candidacy of non-party affiliate Mkhitar Varagyan, Zhoghovurd daily writes, referring to its well-informed sources.
"Furthermore, this matter was recently discussed with [President and RPA Chairman] Serzh Sargsyan. According to the news being circulated, the [coalition's Rule of Law Party] RLP member Artur Petrosyan—who is the brother of Artik Police Chief—also wants to run there. RLP is disseminating news that the authorities' 'endorsement' was given to Petrosyan himself, [and that] they had even urged Varagyan not to run. But in an interview with Zhoghovurd, Mkhitar Varagyan said he definitely will run and is confident that he will win. Varagyan is backed by Prosecutor General Aghvan Hovsepyan. His [Varagyan's] brother, Ukraine-resident huge businessman Davit Varagyan is very close with Hovsepyan," Zhoghovurd writes.
- 0 World Civil Defense day.
- 1856 Birth of the cleric, historian, ethnologist, teacher and translator, Gyoot Aghanyan (Harootyoon Ter - Arakelian) in Tbilissi (Georgia). He translated literary classics and re-wrote Yeghisheh's "Vardanants Story" in modern Armenian. He wrote textbooks on religion and library science. He was the first in Eastern Armenia to publish a wall-calendar.
- 1857 Opening of the school at Varaga Monastery (western Armenia) for the education of "orphan and homeless" children.
- 1865 Birth in Tbilisi of Teegran Hovhannisian, translator and lawyer. He translated the novels "Harootyoon" (Resurrection) written by Lev Tolstoy and "Arants Davananki" (Without Faith) written by Henry Senkeveech.
- 1867 Birth of the writer Nar-Dos (Meekael Hovhannisyan) in Tbilissi (Georgia). He died in 1933.
- 1901 Birth of the poet Sarmen (Armenak Sargsian) in Pakhvants (Western Armenia). Many popular songs have been written using his poems as lyrics.
- 1915 The First Meeting of Armenian immigrants took place in Echmiadsin. The meeting tried to integrate the work of the many benevolent unions that were created to help the survivors of the 1915 Genocide.
- 1920 Azeri Turks perpetrate the Genocide of Shooshee. Some 20 000 Armenians are killed.
- 1920 The Government allots 50 million rubles for agricultural development. Agricultural tractors are brought to Armenia for the first time.
- 1930 The Sardarapat tractor plant starts production.
- 1934 Death in Yerevan of Toros Toramanyan (architecture historian).
- 1960 Martiros Saryan is awarded the title "People's Painter of the USSR".