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|Armenia was the first non-Baltic republic to secede from the Soviet Union|
Independence Day in Armenia is a public holiday on 21 September. Known as 'Ankakhutyan or', this holiday commemorates independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
Following periods of rule by the Ottoman and Persian empires, most of modern-day Armenia came under Russian rule in the 19th century. After the collapse of the Russian Empire, Armenia declared its independence in 1918. Armenia became a founding member of the Soviet Union in 1922.
After the failed coup in Moscow in August 1991, a referendum for independence in Armenia took place on 21 September 1991, ending nearly 70 years of Soviet rule. This resulted in Armenia becoming the first non-Baltic republic to secede from the Soviet Union and the declaration of the Republic of Armenia. Levon Ter-Petrosyan was elected as the first President of the Republic on 16 October 1991.
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Chess is a compulsory subject in Armenian schools.