Events of the Armenian Genocide

  • Russo-Turkish Treaty of San Stefano

    Russo-Turkish Treaty of San Stefano
    Russia is victorious in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878. The Russo-Turkish Treaty of San Stefano (February 19, 1878) provided for protection and reforms for Armenians. Great Britain negotiates a secret Cyprus Convention with Turkey (June 1978) to allow British to establish bases on Cyprus and to administer Cyprus.
  • Banished from Constaninople

    Banished from Constaninople
    Armenian performances are forbidden in Constantinople. The urban Armenian population of Garin and Arabkir rebel against their government.
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    Armenian descrimination

    By special order of the Turkish government, the word "Armenia" is forbidden for use in official documents and orders that all Armenian periodicals and magazines in Constantinople and Western Armenia are to be discontinued.Sultan Abdul Hamid II, also known as the "Bloody Sultan", also suspends the Armenian National Constitution, and discontinues the national parliament in Constantinople, which includes some Armenian representatives.
  • Gelie-guzan Hole Carnage

    Gelie-guzan Hole Carnage
    Sassun's Gelie-guzan village massacre, also known as the "Gelie-guzan Hole Carnage" takes place. During this event, Turkish people inaugurate the system of slaughtering unarmed people, which later was the prototype for Hitler's concentration camps.
  • Sassun's Gebin Mount Carnage

    Sassun's Gebin Mount carnage is inflicted when the Turkish army manages to force Armenian women, children and old men to leave Andok for the forest on the bottom of a selected mountain. The army ignites the forest and burns the Armenians alive. Note: This is a harbinger of the extermination of future victims by burning them alive in stables and other large storage facilities.10,000 Armenians are killed and 74 Armenian villages are destroyed in Sassun.
  • Armenians Refuse to Pay Illegal Taxes

    Armenians refuse to pay illegal taxes to Kurdish irregular forces in Sassun. Unrest in the vilayet of Bitlis, near Mush. Revolt in Sassun. Attempted uprising against Kurdish oppression is followed by massacres in Sassun.
  • More Armenian Carnage

    In Kghi province more than 1000 Armenians are killed, and dozens of villages destroyed. In Bitlis, 102 villages are destroyed. On the same day the carnage of Armenians at Charsanjak and in its villages begins, taking almost 700 lives. In Balu, the body count of Armenian victims reaches 1200, Arabkir - 2800, Torgom - 500
  • Turkish Boycott

    Turkish Boycott
    A Turkish boycott of Armenian businesses is declared by the Ittihadists. Dr. Nazim travels throughout the provinces to implement the boycott.
  • Negotiation

    Negotiations are started between the Turkish and German Imperial governments
  • World War 1

    World War 1
    Germany declares war on Russia during the beginning of World War I.Germany had aimed was to keep Turkey from joining the enemy and by gaining Ottoman support which encourage Romania and Bulgaria to enter the Alliance as well.
  • Turkish and German Forces Join Armed Forces

    Turkish and German Forces Join Armed Forces
    A secret treaty of alliance is signed between Turkey and Germany. This virtually placed the Turkish armed forces under an ultimate German command.
  • Turkish Mobilization

    Turkish Mobilization
    The Turkish government sends sealed envelopes containing a general mobilization order to district and village councils, with the strict instructions that they were not to be opened until further notice. A fortnight later, with the approval of the Ittihad Committee, instructions are issued to open the envelopes.
  • Censorship

    Censorship of all telegraphic communication is put into effect. This was announced by Turkish government officials.
  • Armenian Merchants Looted

    Armenian Merchants Looted
    Looting is reported in Sivas, Diyarbekir, and other provinces, under the guise of collecting war contributions. Stores owned by Armenian and Greek merchants are vandalized. Many churches were also converted into Mosques.
  • Execution of Armenian Soldiers

    Execution of Armenian Soldiers
    Mass executions of Armenian soldiers in the Turkish army takes place in various public squares for the purpose of terrorizing the Armenians, while with voluntary contributions, Armenians were building several hospitals for the use of the Turkish army through the Red Crescent Society.
  • Churches Turned Into Barracks

    Previously undisturbed Armenian schools and churches in Sivas Province, together with many private residences, are requisitioned by the Turkish army for use as barracks. The carts, horses, and other travel equipment of the Armenian villagers in the provinces are confiscated.
  • Distribution & Organization

    The War Ministry distributes explosives, rifles, and other equipment to the irregular forces of the Special Organization (Teshkilati Mahsusa). Enver's uncle, Halil Pasha, the military governor of Constantinople, begins organizing Special Organization units in Constantinople by enrolling criminals released from prison.
  • Continuing Raids

    Reports reach Constantinople that raids by irregular chete forces on the Armenian villages of Erzerum Province are continuing. Turks loot the properties of subjects of Allied nations
  • Chete Bands Organized

    Chete Bands Organized
    The Ittihad Inspector of Balikesir sends a message to Dr. Nazim of the central committee of the Special Organization via Midhat Shukri, the Central Secretary of Ittihad, that the Interior Ministry and the Ittihad Committee, in accordance with issued orders, are busy organizing the irregular chete bands.
  • Armeniens Used to Distribute Supplies

    Armeniens Used to Distribute Supplies
    Armenians are put to use as porters of army supplies in Erzerum, Trebizond, and Sivas Provinces under the worst of cold winter conditions for the purpose of letting them die of overwork and illness.
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    Foreign Missionaries Vanish

    Foreign missionaries abandon the interior of Turkey as crosses on missions are broken by the Turks and replaced by crescents. Sahag Odabashian, the newly appointed Prelate of Erzinjan, while traveling from Constantinople via Sivas to Erzinjan, where he was to be installed in office, is slain in the village of Kanli-Tash, near Shabin-Karahisar, by six chetes organized by Ahmed Muammer, the governor-general of Sivas Province