Cultural and Historical Anniversaries in 2019

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Founding of Bauhaus

100 years
1st April 2019. Walter Gropius founded the Staatliche Bauhaus.
Walter Gropius founds The Staatliche Bauhaus in Weimer.
“The ultimate aim of all creative activity is the building!” – Walter Gropius

Theodore Roosevelt

100 years
6th May 2019. Death  of 26th President of the United States.
The 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909, dies.
“Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.” – Theodore Roosevelt Jr.

Leonardo da Vinci

500 years
2nd May 2019.
Death of the Italian artist and inventor.
“Human subtlety…will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature, because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous.” – Leonardo da Vinci


75 years
6th June 2019. 
Normandy Landings.
The largest seaborne invasion in history begins.
“They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt, from his D-Day Prayer

Gustave Courbet

200 years
10th June 2019.
Birth of French painter and sculptor
French painter who led the Realism movement in 19th-century French painting in born.
“Fine art is knowledge made visible.”  – Gustave Courbet

Treaty of Versailles

100 years
28th June 2019.
The peace treaty is signed.
One of the most important peace treaty in history, that brought World War I to an end is signed.
“This is not a peace. It is an armistice for twenty years.” – Ferdinand Foch

Alphonse Mucha

80 years
14th July 2019.
Death of Czech Art Nouveau artist.
“Art exists only to communicate a spiritual message” – Alphonse Mucha.

First Moon Landing

50 years
20th July 2019. 
Apollo 11 lands the first two people – Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong – on the moon.
“That’s one small step for man, a giant leap for mankind.” – Neil Armstrong

Napoléon Bonaparte

250 years
15th August 2019.
Birth of the first emperor of France.
“Never depend on the multitude, full of instability and whims; always take precautions against it.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

World War II Begins

80 years
1st September 2019.
Germany invades Poland.
“We and France are today, in fulfilment of our obligations, going to the aid of Poland, who is so bravely resisting this wicked and unprovoked attack on her people. ” – Neville Chamberlain

Mahatma Gandhi

150 years
2nd October 2019.
Indian activist who was the leader of the Indian independence movement again British rule, was born.
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Henri Matisse

150 years
31st December 2019.
French artist, known for both his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship was born.
“It is only after years of preparation that the young artist should touch color – not color used descriptively, that is, but as a means of personal expression.” – Henri Matisse

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