SUICIDE ATTEMPT, DEATH INCIDENT IN ARMY - PAPER
- Hraparak paper reports new fatal army incidents in Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh.
A suicide incident occurred in a military unit in Armenia's Gegharkunik province on May 8.
Preliminary version says that serviceman Samvel Avetisyan shoot himself in the throat in a suicide attempt; fortunately, he survived and was taken to military hospital in Vardenis, according to the paper.
"However, rumors say this was not a suicide but rather a homicide attempt, while they try to conceal this incident under a suicide cover," Hraparak claims.
The second incident took place in a military unit in Stepanakert, NKR. Serviceman Gor Martirosyan suddenly died during psychical training here, the preliminary version says.
NKR Defense Ministry's spokesman Senor Hasratyan confirmed the fatal incident, providing no details into the case.
In addition, Movses and Chinari frontier villages in Armenia's Tavush province appeared under constant fire by Azerbaijanis on May 8 night, from 9pm to 2am on May 9.
Fortunately, the shootings damaged the houses only, with no human injuries.
Festivities on May 9 Victory Day were postponed in some villages due to shootings, Hraparak reports.
- 1804 Mamed Khan of Yerevan, knowing of the Russian force's progress, orders the migration (for the duration of the war) of about 20000 Armenians from the Khanate of Yerevan to Ghars.
- 1810 Birth of Gabriel Aivazovski in Feodosia (Ukraine). He died in 1880 in Tbilissi (Georgia).
- 1838 Birth of Viscount James Bryce (statesman). He served under Prime Minister William Gladstone. He was a founder of the League of Nations. He wrote on jurisprudence and political science. He vociferously condemned the Armenian Genocide by the Turkish government. He died in 1922.
- 1848 The Lazaryan College (Moscow) becomes the Institute of Western Languages.
- 1855 The Sultan orders, for the first time, the draft for the Christians in Turkey. The order was ineffective.
- 1920 Armenia's Revolutionary Military Committee in Alexandropol and proclaims the establishment of Soviet power in Armenia.
- 1923 Birth of Heydar Aliev, First Secretary of the Communist Party in Azerbaijan, Head of the Azeri Turk subdivision of the Soviet KGB, Member of the USSR Politbureau, and Head of Atheistic Propaganda under the Soviet regime. Committed Genocide against the Armenians of Nakhitshevan and Artsakh. Took over the presidency of Azerbaijan in 1993.
- 1941 The Ten-day Festival of Armenian Literature starts in Moscow (Russia).
- 1943 Garegeen the First (Hovsepyants) is anointed Catholicos of Cilicia in Antilias' Cathedral.