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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
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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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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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Aksana
(Professional wrestler)
Aksana
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Alytus, Lithuania
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Šarūnas Jasikevičius
(Basketball player)
Šarūnas Jasikevičius
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania
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Dalia Grybauskaitė
(4th 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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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
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Stephen Báthory
(King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania (1576 - 1586))
Stephen Báthory
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Birthdate: September 27, 1533
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Șimleu Silvaniei, Romania
Died: December 12, 1586

Stephen Báthory reigned as the King of Poland from 1 May 1576 to 12 December 1586. A member of the Báthory noble family of Hungary, Stephen ruled Transylvania during the 1570s before becoming the third elected king of Poland. Stephen Báthory is counted among the most successful kings in the history of Poland.

Augustus III of Poland
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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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Vytautas
(Grand Duke of Lithuania (1392 - 1430))
Vytautas
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Birthdate: 1350 AD
Birthplace: Senieji Trakai, Lithuania
Died: October 27, 1430
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Bria Vinaite
(Actress)
Bria Vinaite
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Birthdate: June 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Alytus, Lithuania
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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
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Severija Janušauskaitė
(Lithuanian Actress, Composer and Model)
Severija Janušauskaitė
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Birthdate: October 22, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Šiauliai, Lithuania

Severija Janušauskaitė is a Lithuanian actress and occasional singer, composer, fashion model, and costume designer. She is best known for her portrayal of Rita in the 2014 Russian drama film Star, which earned her a Best Actress Award at the Kinotavr Film Festival. Her performance in the film was also honored with the prestigious Golden Eagle Award.

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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.

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Gediminas
(Grand Duke of Lithuania (1316 - 1341))
Gediminas
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1275 AD
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania
Died: November 30, 1341

Gediminas was a Lithuanian leader who served as the Grand Duke of Lithuania from 1316 until his death in 1341. Counted among the most important political figures in early Lithuanian history, Gediminas is credited with building the capital of Lithuania, Vilnius. He is also credited with founding a dynasty that eventually ruled other European countries like Hungary, Poland, and Bohemia.

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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.

Egidijus Kavaliauskas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania
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Algirdas
(Ruler)
Algirdas
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Birthdate: 1296 AD
Birthplace: Vilnius
Died: May 24, 1377
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Mindaugas
(King of Lithuania (1253 - 1263))
Mindaugas
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1203 AD
Died: 1263 AD

Mindaugas reigned as the King of Lithuania from 1253 to 1263. His reign was marked by numerous state-building accomplishments. Although not much is documented about his life and reign, Mindaugas is generally regarded as the founder of the Lithuanian state. He is also remembered as the only crowned Lithuanian king.

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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
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Julija Stoliarenko
(Mixed martial artist)
Julija Stoliarenko
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 8, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania
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Ricardas Berankis
(Tennis player)
Ricardas Berankis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 21, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania
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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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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
(Soviet and Russian Composer & Pianist)
Rodion Shchedrin
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 16, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Rodion Shchedrin is a Soviet and Russian pianist and composer. One of the most recognized and decorated Soviet-born pianists and composers of his generation, Rodion Shchedrin has won many prestigious awards such as the USSR State Prize, Lenin Prize, and State Prize of the Russian Federation.

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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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Clara Rockmore
(Virtuoso Performer of an Electronic Musical Instrument Called 'The Theremin')
Clara Rockmore
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 9, 1911
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vilnius
Died: May 10, 1998

Clara Rockmore was a Lithuanian violin prodigy. She later became a virtuoso performer of an electronic musical instrument called the theremin. Rockmore is credited with improving and popularizing the instrument by working closely with its inventor, Leon Theremin. Clara Rockmore is also known as the sister of famous American pianist Nadia Reisenberg.

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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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Ieva Zasimauskaitė
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania
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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
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Arnoldas Kulboka
(Basketball player)
Arnoldas Kulboka
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 4, 1998
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Marijampolė, Lithuania
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Pyotr Nikolayevich Wrangel
(Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of South Russia (April 1920 - November 1920))
Pyotr Nikolayevich Wrangel
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 27, 1878
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zarasai, Lithuania
Died: April 25, 1928

Pyotr Nikolayevich Wrangel was a Russian military officer who served in the Imperial Russian Army. He played an important role during the Russian Civil War, serving as the commanding general of the White Army during the later stages of the war. He lost the war and left Russia, becoming one of the most important exiled White émigrés of South Russia.

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Vytautas Landsbergis
(Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania (1990 - 1992))
Vytautas Landsbergis
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 18, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kaunas

Vytautas Landsbergis is a Lithuanian politician and writer. He is best known for his service as the Chairman of the Supreme Council of Lithuania from 1990 to 1992. Apart from writing books on politics, Vytautas Landsbergis has also written several books on music.

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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
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Barbara Radziwill
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Birthdate: December 6, 1520
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania
Died: May 8, 1551
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Emilia Plater
(Polish-Lithuanian Revolutionary and Noblewoman)
Emilia Plater
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 13, 1806
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania
Died: December 23, 1831

Emilia Plater was a Polish-Lithuanian revolutionary and noblewoman. Often compared with France's Joan of Arc, Plater is seen as a national heroine in Belarus, Lithuania, and Poland. Emilia Plater's story has inspired numerous works of art and literature and she is often seen as a symbol of women empowerment in Lithuania.

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Rokas Jokubaitis
(Basketball player)
Rokas Jokubaitis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 19, 2000
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mažeikiai, Lithuania
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Leopold Godowsky
(Virtuoso Pianist, Composer and Teacher Acclaimed by Famous Musicians as ‘Buddha of the Piano’)
Leopold Godowsky
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 13, 1870
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Soshly, Lithuania
Died: November 21, 1938
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George Mikell
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Birthdate: April 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bildeniai, Lithuania
Died: May 12, 2020
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Ingrida Šimonytė
(The Prime Minister of Lithuania)
Ingrida Šimonytė
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania

Ingrida Šimonytė is a Lithuanian economist and politician. She is the current Prime Minister of Lithuania. An influential politician, Šimonytė also served as the Minister of Finance from 7 July 2009 to 13 December 2012. In 2019 and 2020, Ingrida Šimonytė was named Delfi Women of the Year.

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Bluma Zeigarnik
(Lithuanian-Soviet Psychologist and Psychiatrist)
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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Darius Songaila
(Basketball player)
Darius Songaila
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Marijampolė, Lithuania
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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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Rūta Meilutytė
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 19, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania
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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