Hristo Ivanov (the Great), Bulgarian politician, was born
The founding of the Bulgarian Book Society (BKS) took place at a founding meeting within 5 days – from October 8 to 12 new style (September 26 – 30 old style) 1869 in the house of Varvara Hadjileva, Braila, Romania. BKD was established as a scientific and literary society, i.e. it has the meaning of an educational organization. October 1 was chosen as the official date of celebration.
Adoption of Articles of Association
Within the framework of the establishment, the Statute of the Society was adopted (on September 29) and its management was elected – the first “members of scientific book activity”: Marin Drinov (chairman), Vasil Stoyanov and Vasil Drumev. A five-member Board of Trustees of the Company was also elected, which should deal with financial and “material” issues. During this period, the BKD collected and directed the activities of Bulgarian scientists, publishing its printed organ “Periodical Magazine of the Bulgarian Literary Society” (1870 – 1876) in Braila.
First Honorary Member
In 1871, the first honorary member of the BKD was elected – Gavril Krastevich. In November 1878, the company moved its headquarters from Braila to Sofia.
After the Liberation, with the efforts of the Ministry of Public Education, the Bulgarian Literary Society gradually became a real national academy of sciences, with the separation of 3 branches – Historical-philological, Natural-medical and State-scientific, and its members were honorary, regular and correspondence. Prominent representatives of various branches of science and culture become members.
The BKD periodical began to be published again (1882 – 1910) in Sofia. The society restored its material environment and activated its activity after 1884, when several dozen new actual members were elected and the Sofia Municipality donated land for the construction of its own building on Tsarigradska Street.
Since 1898, the chairman of the BKD has been Ivan Evstratiev Geshov.