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For a fairly new country that has been around for a little more than a decade now, one would not expect it to have an exciting history, leave aside having a stockpile of famous men. So it is far more exhilarating when you discover that the new country is not only a reservoir of great talents, but address to some world-famous men and women too, you are likely to change your mind for good. That is right! Czech Republic does a fine job of displaying its enviable heritage, picturesque cities and, illuminating individuals with élan. Be it its beautiful women, top-class sportsmen, Nobel Prize laureates or globally lauded writers and musicians, the Czechs have stamped their greatness in diverse fields and how. People like Franz Kafka, Martina Navratilova, Sigmund Freud, Jaroslav Heyrovsky, Vaclav Havel, Ivan Lendl and Eva Herzigova are just some of the Czechs who have earned unparalleled name and an irreplaceable status in the world map, all thanks to their insurmountable contribution in their diverse fields. Unravel all about the famous Czechs in their biographies below. Their timeline, trivia, and interesting facts are worth a read.
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Martina Navratilova
(One of the Greatest Tennis Players of All Time)
Martina Navratilova
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 18, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Martina Navratilova is the world’s only tennis player to be no. 1 for more than 200 weeks in both singles and doubles. She is one of three women with a "Grand Slam Boxed Set.” She is openly lesbian and had earlier fled her country, Czechoslovakia, due to political issues.
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Ivan Reitman
(Director Known for His Comedy Film ‘Ghostbusters’ & Owner of the ‘Montecito Picture Company')
Ivan Reitman
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Birthdate: October 27, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Komárno, Czechoslovakia
Died: February 12, 2022

Ivan Reitman is a screenwriter and film and TV producer and director. He is a co-owner of The Montecito Picture Company. He attended McMaster University, where he studied music. After being fired from his first job at a TV channel, he went on to produce stage productions. Later on, he began producing films as well. 

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Paulina Porizkova
(Swedish Model and Actress)
Paulina Porizkova
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Birthdate: April 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Prostějov

Model, actress, and author, Paulina Porizkova, became the first woman from Central Europe to be featured on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 1984. She began modeling as a teenager and became a top model in Paris during the early 1980s. She eventually began acting as well. Also a writer, she has written a few books.

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Antonín Dvořák
(One of the First Czech Composers to Achieve Worldwide Recognition)
Antonín Dvořák
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 8, 1841
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
Died: May 1, 1904

Antonín Dvořák was a Czech composer who achieved worldwide recognition for his works. His life and career inspired the 1980 historical biographical film Concert at the End of Summer, in which Dvořák was played by actor Josef Vinklář. Canadian children's author Ian Krykorka has based many of his works on some of Antonín Dvořák's operas.

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Kurt Gödel
(Mathematician, Philosopher and One of the Most Significant Logicians in History)
Kurt Gödel
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 28, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brno, Czech Republic
Died: January 14, 1978

Hailed as one of the greatest logicians since Aristotle, Kurt Gödel was Austrian-born American mathematician, logician, and philosopher, who earned international stardom for his incompleteness theorem. Also credited with developing a technique called Gödel numbering, he later started working on Mathematical Platonism, a philosophical theory that failed to attract wide acceptance.

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Pavel Nedvěd
(Former Czech Footballer Who Played as a Midfielder)
Pavel Nedvěd
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 30, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cheb
Pavel Nedvěd is a Czech retired football player who achieved international recognition when he helped his national team reach the final of Euro 1996. Counted among the greatest footballers of his generation, Nedvěd is also considered one of the most successful footballers to have ever emerged from the Czech Republic. Pavel Nedvěd has been named in Pele's FIFA 100 list.
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Tom Stoppard
(Playwright)
Tom Stoppard
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 3, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zlín, Czechoslovakia
Born in Czechoslovakia, legendary playwright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard had lost his father in the Japanese invasion of Singapore during World War II. The five-time Tony winner is best known for the absurdist tragicomedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. He also co-wrote the Academy Award-winning screenplay of Shakespeare in Love.
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Ivan Lendl
(Czech-American Former World No.1 Tennis player)
Ivan Lendl
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 7, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ostrava, Czechia

Born to professional tennis players, Czech-American tennis legend Ivan Lendl has eight Grand Slam titles under his belt. Known for his topspin groundstrokes, he later turned coach and was responsible for three Grand Slams of Andy Murray. Lendl also has a few Celebrity Tour golf wins in his kitty.

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Miloš Forman
(Best Known for Directing the 1975 Psychological Comedy Drama Film 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest')
Miloš Forman
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Birthdate: February 18, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Čáslav, Czechia
Died: April 13, 2018

Miloš Forman was a Czech and American screenwriter, film director, actor, and professor. He is remembered for directing the 1975 psychological comedy drama film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which became the second film to receive all five major Oscars. During his career, Forman won two Oscars, a César Award, and three Golden Globe Awards among other prestigious awards.

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Petr Čech
(Former Czech Footballer Who Played as a Goalkeeper)
Petr Čech
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 20, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pilsen, Czechia

Petr Čech is a Czech retired football player who is currently serving as a performance and technical advisor for the popular English club Chelsea. During his playing career, Čech played as a goalkeeper and is often counted among the greatest goalkeepers of all time. Petr Čech is also considered the greatest goalkeeper in the history of the Premier League.

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Gavrilo Princip
(Assassinator of Archduke Franz Ferdinand)
Gavrilo Princip
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 25, 1894
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Obljaj
Died: April 28, 1918
Gavrilo Princip was a Bosnian Serb member of the Young Bosnia movement who wished to end the Austro-Hungarian reign in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He thus assassinated Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, at age 19. This eventually contributed to the start of World War I
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Milan Kundera
(Czech Writer Best Known for His Novel 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being')
Milan Kundera
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 1, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brno, Czechia

Milan Kundera is a Czech writer who became a naturalized French citizen in 1981 after going into exile in France in 1975. Although his Czechoslovak citizenship was revoked four years after going into exile, he received Czech citizenship in 2019, thanks to his achievements as a writer. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards, such as the Jerusalem Prize.

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Jaromír Jágr
(Czech Ice Hockey Player and An Olympic, World, and European Champion)
Jaromír Jágr
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kladno, Czechia

Legendary Czech ice hockey player Jaromír Jágr is known as one of the finest right wingers of his time. A 2-time World Champion and an Olympic gold medalist, he is also known for his stints with NHL teams such as the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Boston Bruins.

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Joseph Schumpeter
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Birthdate: February 8, 1883
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Třešť, Czechia
Died: January 8, 1950
Business students remember Austrian economist and sociologist Joseph Schumpeter for his contribution to the concepts of entrepreneurship, creative destruction, and business cycles. An academic, who had also taught at Harvard, Schumpeter believed capitalism would someday automatically give way to socialism, a thought he expressed in Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy
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Karolína Kurková
(Czech Actress and Model Known for Her Work as a Former ‘Victoria's Secret Angel’)
Karolína Kurková
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Birthdate: February 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Děčín, Czech Republic

Karolína Kurková is a Czech-American actress and model best known for being a former Victoria's Secret Angel. Praised by the bigwigs of the modeling industry for her skills as a model, Kurková was counted among the world's highest-paid models by 2007. Also known for her humanitarian work, Kurková was honored by Women Together, a non-profit organization, in 2006.

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Ferdinand Porsche
(Automotive Engineer and Founder of the ‘Porsche AG’)
Ferdinand Porsche
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: September 3, 1875
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: ratislavice nad Nisou, Liberec, Czechia
Died: January 30, 1951

Ferdinand Porsche was an Austrian-German automotive engineer. He is credited with founding one of the most popular car companies in the world, Porsche AG. He is also credited with creating the Lohner-Porsche mixed hybrid, the first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle. During World War II, Porsche was a prominent contributor to the German war effort.

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Petra Kvitová
(Czech Tennis Player and Bronze Medal Winner in 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics)
Petra Kvitová
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bílovec, Czech Republic

With a career-high singles ranking of 28, Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová is quite a sensation. She also won a bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She was the first player born in the 1990s to score a Grand Slam tournament win. In 2015, she was named the sixth-highest-paid female athlete by Forbes.

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Alphonse Mucha
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Birthdate: July 24, 1860
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ivancice, Czechia
Died: July 14, 1939
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Václav Havel
(The Last President of Czechoslovakia (1989 - 1992) and the First President of The Czech Republic (1993 - 2003))
Václav Havel
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 5, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Died: December 18, 2011

Vaclav Havel was a Czech statesman, poet, playwright, and author. He is best remembered for his service as the President of the Czech Republic from 1993 to 2003. He also served as the President of Czechoslovakia from 1989 until its dissolution in 1992. Havel was a recipient of several awards including the Gandhi Peace Prize and Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Josef Bican
(Austrian-Czech Professional Footballer Who Played as a Forward)
Josef Bican
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 25, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: December 12, 2001

Josef Bican was an Austrian-Czech footballer who played as a forward. According to Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation, Bican scored more than 950 goals in 624 official matches, which makes him the second-most prolific goalscorer of all time in recorded history. In 2000, Josef Bican was honored with the Golden Ball by the IFFHS

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Jana Novotná
(Czech Tennis Player Who Won The 1998 Wimbledon Singles Title)
Jana Novotná
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brno, Czech Republic

Jana Novotná was a tennis player best remembered for winning the 1998 Wimbledon singles title. She was also renowned as a doubles player as she won 12 Grand Slam doubles titles, achieving the Career Grand Slam twice in the process. Novotná also competed in other important tournaments like the Olympics where she won two silver medals and one bronze medal. 

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Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor
(King of Bohemia from 1346 to 1378)
Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor
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Birthdate: May 14, 1316
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Died: November 29, 1378

Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor reigned as the king of Bohemia from 1346 until his death in 1378. In 1355, he became the first king of Bohemia to be crowned Holy Roman Emperor. Later, he was crowned king of Burgundy in 1365, making him the sole king of the Holy Roman Empire and all its kingdoms.

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Tomáš Rosický
(Former Czech Footballer and Fourth-Highest Goal-Scorer from the Czech Republic)
Tomáš Rosický
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 4, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Prague

The son of former footballer Jiří Rosický, Tomáš Rosický is known as The Little Mozart for setting the tone of the game on the field. He has represented teams such as Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal and has scripted history as the fourth-highest goal-scorer of his country.

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Jiří Procházka
(Czech Mixed Martial Artist and the Current 'UFC' Light Heavyweight Champion)
Jiří Procházka
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 14, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hostěradice, Czechia

Jiří Procházka is a Czech mixed martial artist and the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. He first achieved national prominence in 2011 when he won the gold medal at the Czech National Championships for Muay Thai. Jiří Procházka also won the inaugural Czech GCF Light Heavyweight Championship title as well as the inaugural Rizin FF Light Heavyweight Championship title.

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Little Caprice
(Czech Porn Star)
Little Caprice
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Birthdate: October 26, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brno, Czechoslovakia

Little Caprice is a Czech model, pornographic actress, and producer. Over the course of her career, Caprice has received many nominations for the prestigious AVN Award and has won the award on a couple of occasions. She has also received a couple of XBIZ Awards in her career so far.

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Adam Ondra
(Czech Professional Rock Climber Considered the Greatest of All Time)
Adam Ondra
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 5, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brno, Czechia

Adam Ondra is a Czech rock climber who specializes in bouldering and lead climbing. Widely regarded as the leading climber of his generation, Adam is the first and only male athlete so far to win World Championship titles in both lead climbing and bouldering in the same year. Adam Ondra is considered the greatest professional rock climber of all time.

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Silvia Saint
(Czech Former Porn Star)
Silvia Saint
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 12, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kyjov, Czechia

Silvia Saint is a Czech former pornographic actress who appeared in over 300 pornographic films. She achieved popularity in 1996 when she was named Penthouse Pet of the Year in the magazine's Czech edition. As a pornographic actress, Silvia Saint won many awards, including an AVN Award. In 2012, she was made an inductee of the AVN Hall of Fame.

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Bedrich Smetana
(Czech Composer Best Known for His Opera ‘The Bartered Bride’)
Bedrich Smetana
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 2, 1824
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Litomysl, Czechia
Died: May 12, 1884

Bedrich Smetana was a Czech composer remembered for his opera, The Bartered Bride. Considered the father of Czech music, Smetana was a prodigy whose first public performance came at age six. He then went on to establish himself as one of the most important composers of Czech music. Smetana has been honored with a Walk of Fame star in Vienna.

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Dominik Hašek
(Former Czech Ice Hockey Player Who Played as a Goaltender)
Dominik Hašek
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 29, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pardubice, Czech Republic

Dominik Hašek is a Czech retired ice hockey player who played as a goaltender. He is counted among the greatest goaltenders and is credited with leading his national team to its first Olympic gold medal. In 2014, he was made an inductee of the Hockey Hall of Fame. In 2017, Hašek was mentioned in the 100 Greatest NHL Players list.

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Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg
(Lady-in-waiting, Photographer)
Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 1, 1868
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Kingdom of Württemberg
Died: June 28, 1914
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Karolína Plíšková
(Czech Professional Tennis Player Known for Her Powerful Serve and Forehand)
Karolína Plíšková
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Louny, Czechoslovakia

Karolína Plíšková is a Czech tennis player best known for her powerful forehand and serve. A former world No. 1, Plíšková has reached the finals of two Grand Slam singles events so far. Karolína Plíšková has also helped her team win the prestigious Fed Cup on three occasions.

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Kristyna Pliskova
(Czech Tennis Player & Current Record Holder for Most Aces Served in a 'WTA Tour' Match)
Kristyna Pliskova
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Louny, Czechoslovakia

Kristýna Plíšková is a Czech tennis player who holds the record for the highest number of aces served in a WTA Tour match, which she set while playing against Monica Puig Marchán at the 2016 Australian Open. Kristýna Plíšková has won one singles title on the WTA Tour so far.

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Alexander Dubcek
(Politician)
Alexander Dubcek
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 27, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Uhrovec
Died: November 7, 1992

The First Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, Alexander Dubček, was no stranger to politics as a child, being the son of a Communist Party member. He resisted the Nazi occupation, while his liberal policies later led Soviet authorities to invade Czechoslovakia. He eventually died in a car crash.

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Leos Janacek
(One of the Most Important Czech Composers of the 20th Century)
Leos Janacek
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 3, 1854
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hukvaldy, Czechia
Died: August 12, 1928

Leos Janacek was a Czech composer, musical theorist, folklorist, and teacher. He is credited to have created an original, modern musical style inspired by Moravian and other Slavic folk music. He was deeply influenced by folklore and by the works of his contemporary and friend,  Antonín Dvořák. The Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra is named in his honor. 

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Miloš Zeman
(Current President of the Czech Republic)
Miloš Zeman
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kolín

Miloš Zeman is a Czech politician and the current President of the Czech Republic. An influential politician, Zeman served as the Prime Minister of the country from 1998 to 2002. Miloš Zeman achieved popularity as the leader of the Social Democratic Party and is credited with reviving the party into one of the major political forces in the Czech Republic.

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Jan Žižka
(Czech General and Military Leader Who is Considered a National Hero)
Jan Žižka
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1360 AD
Birthplace: Trocnov, Borovany, Czechia
Died: October 11, 1424

Jan Žižka was a Czech general and military leader. Today, he is regarded as a national hero in the Czech Republic for his role in the Battle of Grunwald and the Hussite Wars. Renowned for his innovative and unorthodox war tactics, Jan Žižka pioneered the usage of gunpowder.  He has been immortalized in video games, novels, and films.

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Tomáš Berdych
(Former Czech Tennis Player Counted Among the Best Players to Have Never Won a Grand Slam Title)
Tomáš Berdych
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Valasske Mezirici, Czechia

Tomáš Berdych is a Czech retired tennis player. Renowned for his powerful serve and forehand, Berdych is often counted among the best players to have never won a grand slam title. One of the most popular players to have emerged from the Czech Republic, Tomáš Berdych helped his team win the Davis Cup in 2012 and 2013.  

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Vladimir Kulich
(Czech-Canadian Actor Best Known for His Role in the Film 'The 13th Warrior')
Vladimir Kulich
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Birthdate: July 14, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia

Vladimir Kulich is a Czech-Canadian actor best known for his portrayal of Buliwyf in the 1999 American historical action film, The 13th Warrior. He has also appeared in popular TV series like Vikings. Prior to his acting career, Vladimir Kulich played professional ice hockey and tried his hand at many other things, including a whitewater river rafting business.

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Markéta Irglová
(Czech-Icelandic Singer-songwriter and Actress Best Known for Starring in the Film 'Once')
Markéta Irglová
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Valasske Mezirici, Czechia

Marketa Irglova is a Czech-Icelandic musician, singer-songwriter, and actress. She is best known for starring in the 2007 Irish musical drama film Once, which earned Irglová numerous prestigious awards, such as an Oscar under the Best Original Song category for her song, Falling Slowly

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Wenceslaus IV of Bohemia
(King of Bohemia)
Wenceslaus IV of Bohemia
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Birthdate: February 26, 1361
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nuremberg, Germany
Died: August 16, 1419
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Adolf Loos
(Architect)
Adolf Loos
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: December 10, 1870
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brno
Died: August 23, 1933

Austrian architect Adolf Loos is often compared to American architect Frank Lloyd Wright in terms of his contribution. Loos believed architecture shouldn’t contain the extra elements and ornaments promoted by Art Nouveau. Mostly known for his residential projects, he built modern buildings such as the Goldman and Salatsch Building.

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Milan Baroš
(Czech Football Striker, Who Won the UEFA Euro 2004 Golden Boot)
Milan Baroš
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vigantice
Czech football sensation Milan Baroš is best known as a striker for FK Vigantice. He has also represented clubs such as Liverpool and Aston Villa, winning the Champion’s League with the former, and is the second-best goal-scorer from the Czech Republic. He also won the Golden Boot at Euro 2004.
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Katerina Siniakova
(Czech Professional Tennis Player and Multiple Grand Slam Champion in Women’s Doubles)
Katerina Siniakova
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 10, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

Czech professional tennis-player Kateřina Siniaková won Grand Slam titles at 2018 Wimbledon Championships, 2018 French Open, 2021 French Open and 2022 Australian Open; and a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in women’s doubles, all with compatriot Barbora Krejčíková. They became world No. 1 in doubles on October 22, 2018. Siniaková also won the 2018 Fed Cup with the Czech team.

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Lucie Šafářová
(Czech Retired Tennis Player With Five Grand Slam Doubles Title)
Lucie Šafářová
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 4, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brno, Czechia

Lucie Šafářová is a Czech retired tennis player best known for her achievements in major doubles events such as Grand Slams. The former world No. 1 in doubles, Šafářová won five Grand Slam doubles, including two Australian Open and two French Open. Lucie Šafářová also earned a bronze medal for her country at the 2016 Olympics along with Barbora Strýcová.

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Barbora Krejčíková
(Czech Tennis Player)
Barbora Krejčíková
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 18, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brno, Czech Republic

Barbora Krejčíková is a Czech tennis player best known for winning the 2021 French Open singles title. A successful doubles player, Krejčíková has won four Grand Slam doubles titles and three Grand Slam mixed doubles titles so far. Barbora Krejčíková also represented her country in the 2020 Olympic Games where she won the gold medal in the women's doubles event.

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John Amos Comenius
(Czech Philosopher and Pedagogue Regarded as the 'Father of Modern Education')
John Amos Comenius
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Birthdate: March 28, 1592
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nivnice, Moravia, Czech Republic
Died: November 15, 1670

John Amos Comenius was a Czech philosopher, theologian, and pedagogue. Regarded as the father of modern education, Comenius is credited with introducing many educational concepts and innovations such as education for women, equal opportunity for poor children, and universal and practical instruction among other innovations. He also led schools and served as an adviser for governments across Protestant Europe.

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Věra Čáslavská
(Czechoslovak Artistic Gymnast Considered the Greatest in Czech History)
Věra Čáslavská
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 3, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Died: August 30, 2016

Věra Čáslavská was a Czechoslovak artistic gymnast who won 22 international titles, including 11 European Championships, four World Championships, and seven Olympic gold medals. The most decorated gymnast in Czech history, Čáslavská is the only gymnast to have won at least one Olympic gold in each individual event. In 1998, she was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

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Petra Nemcova
(Model, TV Host and Philanthropist who Founded the "Happy Hearts Fund")
Petra Nemcova
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: June 24, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Karvina, Czech Republic

Czech model and philanthropist Petra Nemcova has not only graced the covers of magazines such as Elle and Cosmopolitan but is also associated with the non-profit All Hands And Hearts. She barely escaped death in the 2004 tsunami in Thailand but lost her photographer boyfriend Simon Atlee in the disaster.

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Eva Herzigová
(Czech-Italian Supermodel and Actress)
Eva Herzigová
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: March 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Litvínov, Czechia

Czech supermodel-actor Eva Herzigová was quite a sports lover in her younger days. She deviated to modeling after winning a pageant at 16. Known for her iconic Guess and Wonderbra campaigns, Herzigová, who is now a mother of three, has won hearts with her classic smile and blue-green eyes.

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Jan Palach
(Activist)
Jan Palach
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: August 11, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melnik
Died: January 19, 1969