Hungary not only has a fixation for moustaches and vodka, but also for great minds and unsurpassable talents. One of the best eastern European cities, Hungary has been home to some of world's mind-boggling magicians (Harry Houdini), jaw-droppingly beautiful move actors (Zsa Zsa Gabor), enticing pianists (Franz Liszt), authors (Noemi Ban), entrepreneurs (George Soros), chess players (Susan Polgar) and lot many other rich and famous people. Not just that, Hungary has also produced a wad of Noble prizewinners that has fetched the country an enviable standing in the world. It is because of these heavily talented and exceptionally resourceful men and women that Hungary owns a coveted spot among its peer countries. Let us delve deep into the rich and inspiring lives of some of Hungary's greatest people in the timeline, trivia, and interesting facts included in the biographies below. Rest assured each biography would make for a worthy read.
George SorosGeorge Soros

12 August 1930

Harry HoudiniHarry Houdini

24 March 1874

Barbara PalvinBarbara Palvin
(Fashion Model)

08 October 1993

Elizabeth BáthoryElizabeth Báthory
(Countess, Serial Killer)

07 August 1560

Zsa Zsa GaborZsa Zsa Gabor
(Socialite, Actress)

06 February 1917

John von NeumannJohn von Neumann

28 December 1903

Bela LugosiBela Lugosi
(American actor)

20 October 1882

Franz LisztFranz Liszt
(Composer, pianist, conductor and teacher)

22 October 1811

Viktor OrbánViktor Orbán
(Prime Minister of Hungary)

31 May 1963

Charles I of AustriaCharles I of Austria
(Last ruler of Austro-Hungarian Empire)

17 August 1887

Geli RaubalGeli Raubal
(Hitler’s Niece)

04 June 1908

Joseph II, Holy Roman EmperorJoseph II, Holy Roman Emperor
(Holy Roman Emperor)

13 March 1741

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Ilona StallerIlona Staller
(Politician, Singer)

26 November 1951

Joseph PulitzerJoseph Pulitzer
(Journalist & Publisher)

10 April 1847

Ignaz SemmelweisIgnaz Semmelweis

01 July 1818

Robert CapaRobert Capa

22 October 1913

Arthur KoestlerArthur Koestler

05 September 1905

Maximilian II, Holy Roman EmperorMaximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor
(Holy Roman Emperor)

31 July 1527

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Marcel Lajos Breuer Marcel Breuer
(Architect & Furniture Designer)

21 May 1902

Imre LakatosImre Lakatos

09 November 1922


09 September 1899

Albert von Szent-Györgyi Albert Szent-Györgyi

16 September 1893

Dennis GaborDennis Gabor
(Father of Holography)

05 June 1900

Erno RubikErno Rubik

13 July 1944

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Endre AdyEndre Ady

22 November 1877

Oleksandra NikolayenkoOleksandra Nikolayenko

03 July 1981

Bela BartokBela Bartok
(Composer, Pianist)

25 March 1881

Friedrich von AmerlingFriedrich von Amerling
(Portrait Painter)

14 April 1803

Andre KerteszAndre Kertesz

02 July 1894

Zoltan KodalyZoltan Kodaly

16 December 1882

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George A. OlahGeorge A. Olah

22 May 1927

János ÁderJános Áder
(President of Hungary)

09 May 1959

István FerenczyIstván Ferenczy
(Hungarian sculptor)

24 February 1792

John Harsanyi John C Harsanyi

29 May 1920

Eva GaborEva Gabor
(Actor, Voice actor, Socialite, Stage actor, Television actor)

11 February 1919

Otto von HabsburgOtto von Habsburg

20 November 1912

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Ferenc PuskásFerenc Puskás

01 April 1927

Theodor HerzlTheodor Herzl
(Journalist, Writer, Poet lawyer, Lawyer, Playwright)

02 May 1860

Andrew G. VajnaAndrew G. Vajna
(Film producer)

01 August 1944

Judit PolgárJudit Polgár
(Chess Grandmaster)

23 July 1976

Martin of ToursMartin of Tours

0316 AD

Jadwiga of PolandJadwiga of Poland

1373 AD

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Charles VI, Holy Roman EmperorCharles VI, Holy Roman Emperor

01 October 1685

Miklós HorthyMiklós Horthy
(Politician, Diplomat, Officer)

18 June 1868

Johanna KontaJohanna Konta
(Tennis player)

17 May 1991

Leopold I, Holy Roman EmperorLeopold I, Holy Roman Emperor

09 June 1640

Leopold II, Holy Roman EmperorLeopold II, Holy Roman Emperor

05 May 1747

Imre NagyImre Nagy
(Politician, Diplomat, Economist)

07 June 1896

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Stephen I of HungaryStephen I of Hungary
(Former Grand Prince of the Hungarians)

0967 AD

Elizabeth of HungaryElizabeth of Hungary

07 July 1207

Georg SoltiGeorg Solti
(Conductor, Pianist, Musician, Composer, Music director)

21 October 1912

John HunyadiJohn Hunyadi
(condottiero, politician)

1407 AD

Karl PolanyiKarl Polanyi
(Economist, Anthropologist, Economic historian, Historian, Journalist, Philosopher, Writer, University teacher, Sociologist)

25 October 1886

Rita FaltoyanoRita Faltoyano

05 August 1978

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Thomas SzaszThomas Szasz
(Psychiatrist, Scientist, Writer, University teacher)

15 April 1920

Andrew GroveAndrew Grove

02 September 1936

Ferdinand III, Holy Roman EmperorFerdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor

13 July 1608

George FriedmanGeorge Friedman

S. Z. SakallS. Z. Sakall
(actor, screenwriter, writer, stage actor)

02 February 1883

Attila the HunAttila the Hun
(Political leader)

0406 AD

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Joseph I, Holy Roman EmperorJoseph I, Holy Roman Emperor

26 July 1678

Victor VasarelyVictor Vasarely
(Painter, Visual artist, Sculptor)

09 April 1906

László Moholy-NagyLászló Moholy-Nagy

20 July 1895

Béla KunBéla Kun
(Politician, Diplomat, Journalist)

20 February 1886

Charles SimonyiCharles Simonyi
(Astronaut, Computer scientist, Engineer, Scientist, Programmer)

10 September 1948

Louis I of HungaryLouis I of Hungary

05 March 1326

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János KádárJános Kádár

26 May 1912

Béla TarrBéla Tarr
(Screenwriter, Film director)

21 July 1955

Paul LukasPaul Lukas
(actor, screenwriter, film actor)

26 May 1891

Béla KissBéla Kiss
(Serial Killer)

1877 AD

Ferenc SzálasiFerenc Szálasi
(Political leader, Prime Minister)

06 January 1897

Arpad MiklosArpad Miklos
(Adult Film Star, Engineer, Actor)

11 September 1967

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Miklós NyiszliMiklós Nyiszli
(Physician, Writer)

17 June 1901

Mátyás RákosiMátyás Rákosi

09 March 1892

László BíróLászló Bíró

29 September 1899