FORMER US AMBASSADOR TO ARMENIA TO MAKE SPEECH ON GENOCIDE COMMEMORATION
- Former U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Evans, a highly respected Foreign Service officer and international affairs expert, will deliver a speech on "The Question of Justice" at a commemorative event on April 21 in Chicago, The Armenian Weekly reports.
Evans served as the U.S. Ambassador to Armenia from September 2004 to September 2006. In February 2005, while back in the U.S. visiting Armenian American communities, he made the following statement: "I will call it the Armenian Genocide. I think we, the U.S. government, owe you, our fellow citizens, a more frank and honest way of discussing this problem."
As a result of his integrity and courage to speak out on the Armenian Genocide, Evans was recalled from his position as the Ambassador to Armenia in May 2006 and subsequently "retired" from the U.S. Foreign Service after a distinguished career of over 30 years.
- 1729 Birth of Tsarina Catherine the Second, Empress of Russia from 1762. She died in 1796.
- 1858 Sultan Abdul Megid proclaims the Agrarian Law, which sets out new norms of land ownership.
- 1924 Death of Italian dramatic actress Eleanora Dyoozeh.
- 1926 Death of semasiologist Y. G. Mrmyan.
- 1990 An international, three-day meeting on the Armenian Genocide takes place in Yerevan. It was devoted to the 80th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.