1888: Bagrat Gregorian and Shoushanik Mangoian (born in
Kars, Armenia, 1888)
1918: Goharik M. Proulx, born in Kars, Armenia, during the
year Armenia was proclaimed Independence
1920: Anderanik Grigorian, born in Kars, Armenia, grew up
under horrors of the Armenian Massacre
1923: Family defects to Kropotkin, Russia
1925: Marcos Gregorian born December 5, 1925 Kropotkin,
1930: Family moves to Tabriz, Iran. Mother dies from an
unfortunate appendicitis accident. Father, a tailor of
Russian military uniforms, switches to civilian tailoring,
moves to Tehran, Iran.
1933: Marcos and Andranik attend Armenian school in
1935: All minority schools close by order of Reza Shah,
founder of Pahlavi Dynasty.
1936: Family moves to Abadan (an Iranian oil refinery
town). Sister Goharik marries.
1937: Father remarries, moves to New Julfa, a 17th century
Armenian town in Isfahan. Minority schools re-open. Marcos
graduates from Kananian school of Julfa.
1940: Family moves back to Tehran. Marcos attends in
1943: During the Second World War, Marcos works for
American military transport school, first student, later
as instructor-interpreter. M.T.S., a military camp sending
food and ammunition by convoy of trucks to Russia via
Tabriz, West-northern city of Iran during that time,
Soviet Union, resists war in the battle of Volga grad
(later Stalin grad).
1945: Gregorian an all-around athlete. Champion in discus
and second place in shut-put and triple jump Champion in
weight lifting, lightweight category
1948: Drafted for military service. Starts painting in
Kamalolmolk Art School, Tehran Exhibits in group shows.
1950: Resides in Rome. Enrolls Academy of Fine Arts, Rome,
Italy. Studies with Professor Roberto Melli Graduates from
Academy of Fine Arts, Rome, 1954