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President Lincoln, Tom Hanks and Elvis Presley Have Turkish Ancestors

President Abraham Lincoln, Actress Ava Gardner, Actor Tom Hanks, Actress Heather Locklear, Singer Elvis Presley and Comedian Steve Martin chances are you know who some of the luminaries on this list are, but did you know they all share a mysterious ancestry known as Melungeons? The identity, ancestry and origin of the Melungeons is a controversial subject.


A History of Turks in America

In the 16th century, the size and power of the Ottoman Empire reached its peak. Since the conquest of Istanbul by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453, the Ottomans had engaged in active expansion, both in land and on the sea.


43rd Anniversary of Modern Day Armenian Terrorism

On January 27, 1973, Armenian American extremist, Gourgen Yanikian, assassinated the Los Angeles Turkish Consul General Mehmet Baydar and Vice Consul Bahadir Demir, after inviting the Turkish diplomats to his hotel suite to present the Turkish Government with "gifts." The supposed gifts were a bank note and a painting stolen from the Ottoman Topkapi Palace. After greeting the diplomats, exchanging niceties, and offering chai, Yanikian left for his bedroom, retrieved his loaded weapon, entered the reception suite, and emptied nine rounds into the bodies of Messrs. Baydar and Demir. Yanikian shot two additional rounds into the heads of both men who already lay dead in a pool of blood.  

Washington Wizards Game & Turkish Heritage

Washington Wizards & Turkish Heritage Night at the Verizon Center Come see the Washington Wizards take on New Orleans Pelicans at the Verizon Center and celebrate Turkish culture during the game! Buy your tickets via ATA-DC and let's all sit together while supporting Turkish NBA Player Ömer Aşık!Join us pre-game at the fan tunnel to “high five” NBA players on the court - available only for ATA-DC members who buy their tickets through ATA-DC website!

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