Famous Latvian Men

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Mikhail Tal
(Chess Player)
Mikhail Tal
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Birthdate: November 9, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Died: June 28, 1992

Mikhail Tal was a Soviet Latvian chess player. Widely regarded as one of the best attacking players and a creative genius, Tal was renowned for his unpredictability and improvisation. He was also known as the magician from Riga for his daring, combinatorial playing style. Since 2006, the Mikhail Tal Memorial has been annually held in Moscow to honor Tal's memory.

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Kristaps Porzingis
(Basketball Player)
Kristaps Porzingis
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Birthdate: August 2, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Liepāja, Latvia

Kristaps Porzingis is a Latvian basketball player who currently plays professional basketball at the National Basketball Association (NBA) where he represents the Dallas Mavericks. Standing at 7’3, Porziņģis is one of the tallest players active in the NBA. Also an important player for his Latvian national team, Kristaps Porzingis won the Latvian Rising Star of the Year award in 2015.

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Martins Licis
(Strongman)
Martins Licis
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Birthdate: September 28, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Mariss Jansons
(Conductor)
Mariss Jansons
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Birthdate: January 14, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Died: November 30, 2019
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Mairis Briedis
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Birthdate: January 13, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Elya Baskin
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Birthdate: August 11, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Rodions Kurucs
(Basketball player)
Rodions Kurucs
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Birthdate: February 5, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cēsis, Latvia
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Ernests Gulbis
(Tennis player)
Ernests Gulbis
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Birthdate: August 30, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Anžejs Pasečņiks
(Basketball player)
Anžejs Pasečņiks
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Birthdate: December 20, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Gidon Kremer
(Violinist)
Gidon Kremer
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Birthdate: February 27, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Artūrs Irbe
(Ice hockey player - Goaltender)
Artūrs Irbe
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Birthdate: February 2, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Deniss Vasiļjevs
(Figure skater)
Deniss Vasiļjevs
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Birthdate: August 9, 1999
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Daugavpils, Latvia
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Kārlis Ulmanis
(4th President of Latvia)
Kārlis Ulmanis
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Birthdate: September 4, 1877
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bērze, Latvia
Died: September 20, 1942
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Jānis Timma
(Basketball player)
Jānis Timma
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Birthdate: July 2, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Krāslava, Latvia
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Gil Kane
(Artist)
Gil Kane
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Birthdate: April 6, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Died: January 31, 2000
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Konstantin Gluhov
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Birthdate: January 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Zemgus Girgensons
(Ice hockey player)
Zemgus Girgensons
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Birthdate: January 5, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riga
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Jānis Strēlnieks
(Basketball player)
Jānis Strēlnieks
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Birthdate: September 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Talsi, Latvia
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Alexei Shirov
(Chess player)
Alexei Shirov
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Birthdate: July 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Martins Dukurs
(Skeleton Racer)
Martins Dukurs
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Birthdate: March 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Misha Cirkunov
(Mixed Martial Artist)
Misha Cirkunov
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Birthdate: February 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia

In school, Latvian-Canadian MMA fighter Misha Cirkunov excelled in many sports, such as swimming, judo, and basketball. After an unsuccessful stint as a gym owner, he chose mixed martial arts as a career option. The UFC fighter currently ranks 12th in the MMA light heavyweight rankings.

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Andris Biedriņš
(Basketball player)
Andris Biedriņš
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Birthdate: April 2, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Rolands Šmits
(Basketball player)
Rolands Šmits
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Birthdate: June 25, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Valmiera, Latvia
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Dāvis Bertāns
(Basketball player)
Dāvis Bertāns
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Birthdate: November 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Valmiera, Latvia
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Renārs Kaupers
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Birthdate: September 1, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jelgava, Latvia
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Justs Sirmais
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Birthdate: February 6, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ķekava, Latvia
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Artūrs Kurucs
(Basketball player)
Artūrs Kurucs
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Birthdate: January 19, 2000
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cēsis, Latvia
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Dairis Bertāns
(Basketball player)
Dairis Bertāns
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Birthdate: September 9, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Valmiera, Latvia
Ernst Johann von Biron
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Birthdate: November 23, 1690
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kalnciems, Latvia
Died: December 28, 1772
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Ernst von Bergmann
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Birthdate: December 16, 1836
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Died: March 25, 1907

Ernst von Bergmann was a Baltic German surgeon, known for being the first physician to introduce heat sterilization of surgical instruments. He is credited to be a pioneer of aseptic surgery. He also served as a medical officer in the Austro-Prussian War (1866) and the Franco-Prussian War. He wrote a classic treatise on head injuries, among other medical works. 

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Dainis Krištopāns
(Handball player)
Dainis Krištopāns
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Birthdate: September 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ludza, Latvia
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Arkadij Naiditsch
(Chess player)
Arkadij Naiditsch
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Birthdate: October 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Māris Verpakovskis
(Association football player)
Māris Verpakovskis
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Birthdate: October 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Liepāja
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Jānis Porziņģis
(Basketball player)
Jānis Porziņģis
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Birthdate: July 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Liepāja, Latvia
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Juris Hartmanis
(Computer scientist)
Juris Hartmanis
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Birthdate: July 5, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Oleg Znarok
(Consultant of the Russia men's national ice hockey team)
Oleg Znarok
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Birthdate: January 2, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ust'-Katav, Russia
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Valdis Dombrovskis
(Prime Minister)
Valdis Dombrovskis
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Birthdate: August 5, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Riga
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Māris Štrombergs
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Birthdate: March 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Valmiera, Latvia
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Arkady Raikin
(Soviet Humorist, Stand-up Comedian and Director )
Arkady Raikin
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Birthdate: October 24, 1911
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Died: December 17, 1987
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Yevgeny Marchenko
(Gymnastics Coach, Acrobatic gymnast)
Yevgeny Marchenko
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Birthdate: February 24, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Latvia

Once a lanky kid, Yevgeny Marchenko was inspired by an acrobatic gymnastics program at his school and later pursued the sport as a career option. He later not only became a Soviet national champion, but also a 5-time World champion and a 4-time European champion. He also coached Carly Patterson.

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Ernst Gideon von Laudon
(Military officer)
Ernst Gideon von Laudon
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Birthdate: February 13, 1717
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Madona Municipality, Latvia
Died: July 14, 1790
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Ričards Bolotņiks
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Birthdate: March 24, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Žanis Peiners
(Basketball player)
Žanis Peiners
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Birthdate: August 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rēzekne, Latvia
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Kaspars Kambala
(Basketball player)
Kaspars Kambala
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Birthdate: December 13, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Anatoly Solovyov
(Cosmonaut)
Anatoly Solovyov
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Birthdate: January 16, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Igors Rausis
(Chess player)
Igors Rausis
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Birthdate: April 7, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Alchevs'k, Ukraine
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Jānis Krūmiņš
(Basketball player)
Jānis Krūmiņš
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Birthdate: January 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Raiskums Parish, Latvia
Died: November 20, 1994
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Ainars Bagatskis
(Basketball player)
Ainars Bagatskis
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Birthdate: March 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Rainis
(Poet)
Rainis
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Birthdate: September 11, 1865
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dunava Parish, Latvia
Died: September 12, 1929
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Toms Skujiņš
(Sport cyclist)
Toms Skujiņš
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Birthdate: June 15, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sigulda, Latvia