Famous & Infamous
Join us in the gallery each month for a presentation by a local resident, followed by a lively discussion about the life and times of a famous or infamous person from the past.
15 January - Augustus Edwin John (1878-1961), Welsh painter, draughtsman, etcher of the Post-Impressionist school.
19 February - Catherine the Great (1762-96), Russian Empress and the longest-ruling female leader of Russia. This will be the final episode of the Catherine trilogy.
19 March - Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881-1938), Ottoman and Turkish army officer, revolutionary, and founder of the Republic of Turkey and its President from 1923 to 1938.
09 April - Sir Arthur Currie (1875-1933), Canadian hero of the inter-war years.
21 May - Edward VIII (1894-1972) sometime Canadian rancher, King of the United Kingdom, Canada, etc, etc, etc and Emperor of India. Latterly forlorn Duke of Windsor.
18 June - Nicolae Ceaușescu (1918-89), Romanian Communist politician and its second and last Communist leader before being overthrown and murdered with his wife.
06 July - Edsel Ford (1893-1943), the only recognized child of Henry Ford and president of Ford Motor Company 1919 to 1943. His eldest son was Henry Ford II.
20 August - James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (1882-1941), Irish novelist, poet and one of the most influential and important anglosphere authors of the 20th century.
17 September - Marguerite “Peggy” Guggenheim (1898-1979) American art collector, bohemian and socialite; founder of Museum in Venice devoted to Cubism & Surrealism.
15 October - William Maxwell “Max” Aitken (1879-1964), 1st Baron Beaverbrook, Canadian tycoon, politician, newspaperman, writer. Story of the Beaverbrook art dispute.
19 November - Paul Joseph Goebbels (1897-1945), devoted Nazi propagandist, spell-binding orator, notorious anti-Semite, euthanasist, familicidal ogre. Post 1939 chapter.