Kim Kardashian West Celebrates Birthday and Official Recognition of Armenian Genocide

If Kim Kardashian West was feeling a little down about hitting the landmark birthday of 4-0, she at least received some bright news to lift her spirits. On the day that the reality star and entrepreneur turned 40-years-old, the United States Library of Congress announced it will now use the subject heading Armenian Genocide.

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Kim Kardashian West speaking during the 2020 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour. David Livingston/Getty Images

She shared the news on Twitter earlier this evening:

The best birthday present!!
Today, the United States Library of Congress announced it will now use the subject heading…Armenian Genocide.

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) October 21, 2020

Earlier on Monday, US House Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA), Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Jackie Speier (D-CA), and Dina Titus (D-NV) announced that the Library of Congress will amend the terminology of the catalog entry previously referred to as the "Armenian Massacre, 1915-1923" to the "Armenian Genocide, 1915-1923." The change comes after both the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation recognizing the facts of the Armenian Genocide last year.

This landmark news was announced nearly one year after recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the U.S. Congress and in the setting of the recent devastating attacks on Armenians in Artsakh.

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) October 21, 2020

"This long-overdue correction by the Library of Congress – a principled, fact-based stand for the integrity of American institutions against malign foreign influence – comes at a particularly meaningful moment for Americans of Armenian heritage," said Aram Hamparian, Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA), in a statement. "We see today the painful, real-world results of American leaders having allowed Turkey to bully our country into a century of silence on the Armenian Genocide. Even today – as Ankara and Baku openly seek to complete the destruction of the Armenian homeland – our government remains all too fearful of truth-telling to Erdogan and Aliyev. That has to end."

Kim's excitement is evident from the series of tweets she continued posted throughout the evening:

Together, we continue to pray during this difficult time for the many men, women, and children who have been impacted by the war.
We are one global Armenian nation.
💪🏼❤️🙏🏼✊🏼🇦🇲

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) October 21, 2020

The 105th anniversary of the Armenian genocide came in April of this year, only months after the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution in December that recognized the mass killings of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire during that time as genocide.

On the day of the anniversary, Kardashian West tweeted: "Today is the 105th anniversary of the Armenian genocide and I'm so proud that America has recognized this. I want to share with you all some poems written by grandchildren of genocide survivors."

Today is the 105th anniversary of the Armenian genocide and I’m so proud that America has recognized this. I want to share with you all some poems written by grandchildren of genocide survivors

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 24, 2020

The Kardashians are of Armenian descent on their late father's side, and the family has long been vocal in efforts to bring awareness to the genocide.

During an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians that was filmed last year, Kim and older sister Kourtney traveled to Armenia to baptize themselves and their children. The family also dined with President Armen Sarkissian.

Only a few weeks ago, fighting broke out between Azerbaijani and Armenian soldiers in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh (called Artsakh by Armenians). Aided by its ally Turkey, Azerbaijan launched drone strikes on Armenians while the people of Nagorno-Karabakh/Artsakh retaliated.

Kardashian West has been outspoken in her support of Armenia and Artsakh. On October 10, she announced she had donated $1 million to the Armenia Fund, which seeks to provide humanitarian relief effort such as food, shelter, and medical care for those affected by the conflict.