Lithuanian

Bold, eccentric and pulsating with energy, Lithuania is indeed one among Europe’s well-kept secrets. The country, which barely ever bags any headlines save for its basketball exploits, holds a bag of surprises. Foremost is its beguiling physical beauty closely followed by its treasure-trove of talented men and women. By the way, did you know that Lithuanians are one of the most educated in the world? That’s right! While the country have always downplayed its greatness, some of its greatest born have broken through the shackles of anonymity to glimmer in the world sky. From writers to war heroes and from leaders to artists, the exceptional talent of the land pierced through the shadows of obscurity and how. These are the men and women who have streets and institutions named after them, who often show up on banknotes and stamps, and enjoy exalted status. Read on to explore all about the famous Lithuanians in these biographies below. Their timeline, trivia, and facts will wow you like nothing else.

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Domantas Sabonis
(Basketball player)

Domantas Sabonis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 3, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States

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Arvydas Sabonis
(Basketball Player, center who was a two-time Mr. Europa Player of the Year and 6-time Euroscar Player of the Year)

Arvydas Sabonis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 19, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania

 3 
Emma Goldman
(Political activist)

Emma Goldman
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: June 7, 1869
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania
Died: May 4, 1940

Emma Goldman was a writer and anarchist political activist. She played an important role in popularizing the anarchist political philosophy in Europe and North America in the early and mid-20th century. Her lectures and writing spanned a wide variety of subjects, such as atheism, militarism, freedom of speech, homosexuality, capitalism, and free love.

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Laurence Harvey
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Birthdate: October 1, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Joniškis
Died: November 25, 1973
Born in Lithuania, Laurence Harvey spent his childhood in South Africa, before moving to Britain. He dropped his original name, Larry Skikne, while making his film debut with House of Darkness. Known for his portrayal of intriguing and complex characters, he also won hearts with his baritone voice.

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Jonas Valanciunas
(Basketball player)

Jonas Valanciunas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 6, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Utena, Lithuania

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Clara Rockmore
(Musician)

Clara Rockmore
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 9, 1911
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vilnius
Died: May 10, 1998

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Žydrūnas Ilgauskas
(Basketball player)

Žydrūnas Ilgauskas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 5, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kaunas, Russian
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 8 
Aksana
(Professional wrestler)

Aksana
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Alytus, Lithuania

 9 
Šarūnas Jasikevičius
(Basketball player)

Šarūnas Jasikevičius
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania

 10 
Sarunas Marciulionis
(Basketball player)

Sarunas Marciulionis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
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Jonas Mekas
(Former Film director, Poet who has been called "the godfather of American avant-garde cinema" on many occasions.)

Jonas Mekas
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Birthdate: December 24, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Semeniškiai, Lithuania
Died: January 23, 2019

 12 
Bria Vinaite
(Actress)

Bria Vinaite
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Birthdate: June 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Alytus, Lithuania

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Birthdate: October 17, 1696
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dresden, Germany
Died: October 5, 1763

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Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė
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Birthdate: January 20, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania

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Dalia Grybauskaitė
(President of Lithuania (2009-2019))

Dalia Grybauskaitė
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania

Dalia Grybauskaitė became the first female president of Lithuania and the first to be re-elected. Popularly known as Lithuania’s Iron Lady and often compared to Margaret Thatcher, she has also been the UN Commissioner of the Year. A black belt in karate, she has mastery over four languages.

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Vytautas
(Ruler)

Vytautas
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Birthdate: 1350 AD
Birthplace: Senieji Trakai, Lithuania
Died: October 27, 1430

Egidijus Kavaliauskas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania

Severija Janušauskaitė
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Birthdate: October 22, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Šiauliai, Lithuania

 19 
Mindaugas Kuzminskas
(Basketball player)

Mindaugas Kuzminskas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 19, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union

 20 
Julija Stoliarenko
(Mixed martial artist)

Julija Stoliarenko
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 8, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania

 21 
Gediminas
(Ruler)

Gediminas
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1275 AD
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania
Died: November 30, 1341

 22 
Antanas Smetona
(Former President of Lithuania)

Antanas Smetona
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 10, 1874
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Taujėnai
Died: January 9, 1944

The first president of Lithuania, Antanas Smetona was drawn into the revolutionary movements of his country soon after finishing law school. A major political figure of his country during the two World Wars, he came to power for a second time after launching a coup in 1926.

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Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 22, 1875
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Senoji Varėna, Lithuania
Died: April 10, 1911

Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis was a Lithuanian composer, painter, and writer. Widely regarded as a pioneer of abstract art in Europe, Čiurlionis contributed immensely to art nouveau and symbolism. Today, many of his paintings are preserved at the M. K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum in Lithuania. Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis also had a major influence on modern Lithuanian culture.

 24 
Algirdas
(Ruler)

Algirdas
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Birthdate: 1296 AD
Birthplace: Vilnius
Died: May 24, 1377

 25 
Mantas Kalnietis
(Basketball player)

Mantas Kalnietis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 6, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union

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Arturas Karnisovas
(Basketball player)

Arturas Karnisovas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Klaipėda, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union

 27 
Mindaugas
(Grand Duke of Lithuania)

Mindaugas
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1203 AD
Died: 1263 AD

 28 
Jonas Maciulis
(Basketball player)

Jonas Maciulis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union

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Rodion Shchedrin
(Composer, Pianist)

Rodion Shchedrin
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 16, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

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Ieva Zasimauskaitė
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania

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Ingrida Šimonytė
(Prime Minister)

Ingrida Šimonytė
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania

 32 
Ricardas Berankis
(Tennis player)

Ricardas Berankis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 21, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania

 33 
Linas Kleiza
(Basketball player)

Linas Kleiza
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union

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Modesta Vžesniauskaitė
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Panevėžys, Lithuania

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Valdas Adamkus
(President of Lithuania (1998-2003, 2004-2009))

Valdas Adamkus
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania

Former Lithuanian president Valdas Adamkus had fought against the Soviet army during World War II. After fleeing to Germany, he studied in Munich and then migrated to the U.S., where he earned a civil engineering degree. Among his many accolades are honorary doctorates from countless foreign universities.

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Arturas Gudaitis
(Basketball player)

Arturas Gudaitis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 19, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Klaipėda, Lithuania

 37 
Emilia Plater
(Revolutionary, Noblewomen)

Emilia Plater
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 13, 1806
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania
Died: December 23, 1831

 38 
Arnoldas Kulboka
(Basketball player)

Arnoldas Kulboka
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 4, 1998
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Marijampolė, Lithuania

 39 
Deividas Sirvydis
(Basketball player)

Deividas Sirvydis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 10, 2000
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania

 40 
Vytautas Landsbergis
(Politician, Chess player, Musicologist, Music educator, University teacher, Pianist)

Vytautas Landsbergis
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 18, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kaunas

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Barbara Radziwill
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Birthdate: December 6, 1520
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania
Died: May 8, 1551

 42 
Pyotr Nikolayevich Wrangel
(Military Officer)

Pyotr Nikolayevich Wrangel
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 27, 1878
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zarasai, Lithuania
Died: April 25, 1928

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George Mikell
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Birthdate: April 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bildeniai, Lithuania
Died: May 12, 2020

 44 
Leopold Godowsky
(Pianist and composer)

Leopold Godowsky
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 13, 1870
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Soshly, Lithuania
Died: November 21, 1938

 45 
Paulius Jankunas
(Basketball player)

Paulius Jankunas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 29, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union

 46 
Rokas Jokubaitis
(Basketball player)

Rokas Jokubaitis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 19, 2000
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mažeikiai, Lithuania

 47 
George Maciunas
(Artist, Architect)

George Maciunas
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Birthdate: November 8, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania
Died: May 9, 1978

Born to an architect father in Lithuania, George Maciunas later fled with his family to avoid the Red Army, moving first to Germany and then to the U.S. He was one of the co-founders of the Fluxus movement of artists and architects and also restored many of SoHo’s dilapidated buildings.

 48 
Bluma Zeigarnik
(Psychologist)

Bluma Zeigarnik
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Birthdate: November 9, 1901
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Prienai, Lithuania
Died: February 24, 1988

Born to a Jewish family in southern Lithuania that was well-respected among the community, Bluma Zeigarnik grew up to be a renowned psychologist. She is best remembered for discovering what is known as the Zeigarnik effect, or the phenomenon of remembering incomplete tasks better than complete ones.

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Rolandas Paksas
(Former President of Lithuania)

Rolandas Paksas
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 10, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Telšiai

Rolandas Paksas is a Lithuanian politician who served as the president of Lithuania from 2003 to 2004. Prior to this, he was the prime minister of Lithuania for two non-consecutive terms. A civil engineer by qualification, he founded a construction company, Restako, prior to joining politics. His political career has been shrouded in controversies. 

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Marius Zaromskis
(Mixed martial artist)

Marius Zaromskis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Šiauliai, Lithuania