Miklós Horthy Biography
Birthday: June 18, 1868 (Gemini)
Born In: Kenderes, Hungary
Miklós Horthy de Nagybánya was a Hungarian political and military figure who served as the regent of the Kingdom of Hungary from March 1920 to October 1944. Originally from Kenderes, Horthy began his military career as a sub-lieutenant in the Austro-Hungarian Navy in 1896 and gradually rose through the ranks to become rear-admiral in 1918. in 1919, after several revolutions and external interventions in Hungary from Romania, Czechoslovakia, and Yugoslavia, Horthy came back to the country with the National Army and was then asked by the parliament to serve as the regent of the kingdom. During his tenure as the head of a national conservative government, Horthy guided his country through the inter-war period. He made the Hungarian Communist Party and the Arrow Cross Party illegal and implemented an irredentist foreign policy in response to the Treaty of Trianon. In the late 1930s, this foreign policy led to Hungary becoming an ally of Nazi Germany. However, his unwillingness to help the German war effort during World War II and the Holocaust in Hungary and secret attempts to make a deal with Allies gave way to the German invasion of Hungary in March 1944 and his removal from the position of the regent. Horthy spent the last years of his life in Portugal.