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Did you know that the wine-culture that has taken the world by a storm was first discovered in a cave in Armenia? Yes, Armenia houses one of the oldest wineries of the world, dating back over 6000 years. And that is not all, for Armenia’s contribution extend to yoghurt and coffee as well, the country being the first to invent both. It was also the first to adopt Christianity as the official state religion and also is home to the first church built in the world. Amusing if this is enough, be prepared to get all the more baffled as Armenians take you by surprise with their works and contribution. The Armenian diaspora is not just limited to their country alone as Armenians have flourished in their adoptive homelands, contributing extensively to business and sport, as well as cultural and political life, post the 1915 genocide. Some of the world’s most famous people of Armenian descent include the reality television star and professional selfie-taker Kim Kardashian, singer and actor Cher (born as Cherilyn Sarkisian), eight Grand slam title holder Andre Agassi, singer and public figure Charles Aznavour, business magnate Kirk Kerkonian, actor Andy Serkis and television presenter David Dickinson. Michael Vartan also has Armenian blood as does Dita Von Teese and Joe Manganiello. Find out more about famous Armenians, their life and their works with this write-up.
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Dan Bilzerian
(Poker Player, Businessman & Social Media Influencer)
Dan Bilzerian
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Birthdate: December 7, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States

A social media celebrity and a professional high-stakes poker player, Dan Bilzerian is known for his extravagant lifestyle and penchant for extreme sports. The King of Instagram, who has also acted in quite a few movies, has a huge fan base, but his lifestyle has landed him in multiple controversies and has also caused two heart attacks.

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan
(Football Player)
Henrikh Mkhitaryan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yerevan, Armenia

Armenian professional footballer, Henrikh Mkhitaryan ,currently plays for Serie A club Roma and the Armenian national team. He previously played for Pyunik, winning four Armenian Premier League titles with them. Armenia's all-time top goalscorer, he has been named Armenian Footballer of the Year ten times. He is a polyglot and speaks eight languages.

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Mike Connors
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Birthdate: August 15, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fresno, California, United States
Died: January 26, 2017
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Angela Sarafyan
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Birthdate: June 30, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Yerevan, Armenian SSR, USSR [now Armenia]
 5 
Sib Hashian
(Musician)
Sib Hashian
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 17, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 22, 2017
 6 
Atom Egoyan
(Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer)
Atom Egoyan
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Birthdate: July 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
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Aram Khachaturian
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 6, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tbilisi
Died: May 1, 1978
 8 
Levon Aronian
(Chess Player)
Levon Aronian
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 6, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Yerevan, Armenia
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Shavarsh Karapetyan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vanadzor, Armenia
 10 
Andy Khachaturian
(Original drummer (1994–1997) of the band System of a Down and founder/lead vocalist (1999–2002) of the alt-progressive rock band The Apex Theory)
Andy Khachaturian
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 25, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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Michael Badalucco
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Birthdate: December 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
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Tigran Petrosian
(Chess player, Writer)
Tigran Petrosian
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
Died: August 13, 1984
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Tigranes the Great
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Birthdate: 0140 BC
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 0055 BC
 14 
Arman Tsarukyan
(Mixed martial artist)
Arman Tsarukyan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 11, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Akhalkalaki, Georgia
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Giorgio Petrosyan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Yerevan, Armenia
Gregory the Illuminator
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0257 AD
Birthplace: Kingdom of Armenia
Died: 0331 AD
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Akim Tamiroff
(Academy Award Nominated Actor Known for His Films: 'The General Died at Dawn', 'For Whom the Bell Tolls')
Akim Tamiroff
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Birthdate: October 29, 1899
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tiflis or Baku, Russian Empire
Died: September 17, 1972
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Nikol Pashinyan
(16th Prime Minister of Armenia)
Nikol Pashinyan
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ijevan, Armenia

Nikol Pashinyan is an Armenian politician and the current prime minister of Armenia. A multi-talented personality, Pashinyan is also an accomplished journalist and editor; he founded his own newspaper in 1998 and edited Haykakan Zhamanak from 1999 to 2012. In 2018, Time magazine included him amongst the four crusaders trying hard to keep the dream of democracy alive.

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Patrik Baboumian
(German-Armenian Retired Strongman and Former Bodybuilder)
Patrik Baboumian
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Abadan, Iran

Known as the world’s strongest vegan, Iranian-born German-Armenian strongman Patrik Baboumian has won many bodybuilding titles, such as that of the Strongest Man of Germany. He is also known for his appearance in the Netflix documentary The Game Changers, which promotes plant-based diets, and has campaigned for PETA.

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Arthur Abraham
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yerevan, Armenia
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Mesrop Mashtots
(Linguist)
Mesrop Mashtots
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Birthdate: 0362 AD
Birthplace: Hatzikk, Armenia
Died: February 17, 0440
 22 
Ara Malikian
(violinist, musician)
Ara Malikian
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 1968 AD
Birthplace: Beirut
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Marat Grigorian
(Armenian-born Belgian Kickboxer )
Marat Grigorian
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 29, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Talin, Armenia
Vartapet Komitas
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 26, 1869
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kütahya
Died: October 22, 1935
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Simon Abkarian
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Birthdate: March 5, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gonesse, Val d'Oise, France
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Iveta Mukuchyan
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 14, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Yerevan, Armenia
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Gokor Chivichyan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Yerevan, Armenia
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Karen Darabedyan
(Mixed Martial Artist)
Karen Darabedyan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 18, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Armenian SSR, Soviet Union
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Yousuf Karsh
(Photographer)
Yousuf Karsh
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Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: December 23, 1908
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mardin, Turkey
Died: July 13, 2002
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Taven Bryan
(American Football Player)
Taven Bryan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 11, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Casper, Wyoming, United States
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Sayat-Nova
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 14, 1712
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
Died: September 22, 1795
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Dan Janjigian
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Birthdate: April 30, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Georgi Karakhanyan
(Mixed Martial Artist)
Georgi Karakhanyan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
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Val Avery
(Actor)
Val Avery
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Birthdate: July 14, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: December 12, 2009
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Vazgen Sargsyan
(Politician)
Vazgen Sargsyan
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ararat, Armenia
Died: October 27, 1999
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Artur Aleksanyan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 21, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gyumri, Armenia
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Vic Darchinyan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 7, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vanadzor, Armenia
 38 
Ryan Boatright
(Basketball player)
Ryan Boatright
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 27, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Aurora, Illinois, United States
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Anastas Mikoyan
(First Deputy Premier of the Soviet Union (1955 - 1964))
Anastas Mikoyan
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 25, 1895
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sanahin, Alaverdi, Armenia
Died: October 21, 1978

Anastas Mikoyan was an Armenian Communist revolutionary. He was an Old Bolshevik. He held several high governmental posts during Joseph Stalin’s rule but began to lose favor towards the end of his regime. He once again regained his power during Nikita Khrushchev’s rule and served as the chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet. He also wrote several memoirs.  

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Aras Özbiliz
(Football player - Winger)
Aras Özbiliz
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bakırköy, İstanbul, Turkey
Tiridates III of Armenia
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0250 AD
Birthplace: Armenia
Died: 0330 AD
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Samvel Yervinyan
(Musician, Composer, Violinist)
Samvel Yervinyan
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yerevan
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Leo V the Armenian
(Emperor of the Byzantine Empire from 813 to 820)
Leo V the Armenian
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Birthdate: 0775 AD
Birthplace: Armenia
Died: December 25, 0820
 44 
Andranik
(Key Figure of the Armenian National Liberation Movement)
Andranik
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 25, 1865
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Şebinkarahisar, Turkey
Died: August 31, 1927
Saint Gregory Narekatzi
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Birthdate: 0950 AD
Birthplace: Yemişlik, Turkey
Died: 1003 AD
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Tigran L. Petrosian
(Chess Player)
Tigran L. Petrosian
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Yerevan, Armenia
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Rouben Mamoulian
(Film director)
Rouben Mamoulian
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Birthdate: October 8, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
Died: December 4, 1987
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Karo Parisyan
(Mixed Martial Artist)
Karo Parisyan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Yerevan, Armenia
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Anna Chicherova
(Olympic athlete)
Anna Chicherova
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Yerevan

Anna Chicherova is a Russian high jumper who won a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She has also won medals at World Championships, which includes a gold and silver medal. She is the third female high jumper to win medals at both the World Championships and the Olympic Games. She also holds the Russian national record (2.07 meters).

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Hovhannes Tumanyan
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: February 19, 1869
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lori Province, Armenia
Died: March 23, 1923