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Mikhail Tal
(Soviet-Latvian Chess Player Who Became the Youngest World Chess Champion at the age of 23)
Mikhail Tal
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Elīna Garanča
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 16, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Martins Licis
(Strongman)
Martins Licis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 28, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Jeļena Ostapenko
(Tennis player)
Jeļena Ostapenko
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 8, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Mairis Briedis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 13, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Mariss Jansons
(Conductor)
Mariss Jansons
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 14, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Died: November 30, 2019
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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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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 5, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cēsis, Latvia
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Ernests Gulbis
(Tennis player)
Ernests Gulbis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 30, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Tania Russof
(Pornographic Actress)
Tania Russof
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: July 6, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
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Anžejs Pasečņiks
(Basketball player)
Anžejs Pasečņiks
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 20, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Cynthia Lynn
(Actress)
Cynthia Lynn
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Birthdate: April 2, 1936
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Died: March 10, 2014
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Artūrs Irbe
(Ice hockey player - Goaltender)
Artūrs Irbe
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 2, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Gidon Kremer
(Violinist)
Gidon Kremer
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 27, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Kārlis Ulmanis
(4th President of Latvia)
Kārlis Ulmanis
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 4, 1877
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bērze, Latvia
Died: September 20, 1942
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Deniss Vasiļjevs
(Figure skater)
Deniss Vasiļjevs
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 9, 1999
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Daugavpils, Latvia
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Andris Biedriņš
(Basketball player)
Andris Biedriņš
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 2, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Jānis Timma
(Basketball player)
Jānis Timma
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 2, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Krāslava, Latvia
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Maria Skobtsova
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 20, 1891
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Riga, Russian Empire (now Latvia)
Died: March 31, 1945
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Aminata Savadogo
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 9, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riga, 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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Laima Vaikule
(Actress)
Laima Vaikule
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Birthdate: March 31, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cēsis, Latvia
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Uljana Semjonova
(Basketball player)
Uljana Semjonova
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 9, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zarasai, Lithuania
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Konstantin Gluhov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Ksenia Solo
(Actress)
Ksenia Solo
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Birthdate: October 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Latvian SSR, USSR [now Latvia]
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Jānis Strēlnieks
(Basketball player)
Jānis Strēlnieks
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Talsi, Latvia
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Zemgus Girgensons
(Ice hockey player)
Zemgus Girgensons
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 5, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riga
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Alexei Shirov
(Chess player)
Alexei Shirov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Agata Muceniece
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Birthdate: March 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Anastasija Sevastova
(Tennis player)
Anastasija Sevastova
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 13, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Liepāja, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
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Rolands Šmits
(Basketball player)
Rolands Šmits
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 25, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Valmiera, Latvia
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Samanta Tīna
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 31, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tukums, Latvia
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Rebeka Koha
(Weightlifter)
Rebeka Koha
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 19, 1998
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ventspils, Latvia
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Martins Dukurs
(Skeleton Racer)
Martins Dukurs
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Renārs Kaupers
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 1, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jelgava, Latvia
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Dāvis Bertāns
(Basketball player)
Dāvis Bertāns
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Valmiera, Latvia
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Justs Sirmais
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 6, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ķekava, Latvia
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Juris Hartmanis
(Computer scientist)
Juris Hartmanis
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 5, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Artūrs Kurucs
(Basketball player)
Artūrs Kurucs
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 19, 2000
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cēsis, Latvia
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Oleg Znarok
(Consultant of the Russia men's national ice hockey team)
Oleg Znarok
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 2, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ust'-Katav, Russia
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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Kristine Opolais
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rēzekne, Latvia
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Dairis Bertāns
(Basketball player)
Dairis Bertāns
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 9, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Valmiera, Latvia
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Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 1, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Dana Reizniece-Ozola
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 6, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kuldīga, Latvia
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Ernst von Bergmann
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Listed In: Physicians
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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Arkadij Naiditsch
(Chess player)
Arkadij Naiditsch
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Liepāja
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Dainis Krištopāns
(Handball player)
Dainis Krištopāns
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ludza, Latvia