Birthday: May 6, 1405 (Taurus)
Born In: Principality of Kastrioti (Albania)
Skanderbeg was a legendary Albanian nobleman and military commander. He is remembered as a national hero in Albania for his role in the suppression of the Ottoman Empire. He grew up in the Turkish court, was forcefully converted to Islam, and even served the sultan for several years until he discovered his Albanian roots. Skanderbeg fought several wars against the Ottomans and won most of them. He also reconverted to Christianity. However, toward the end, Skanderbeg's army suffered a massive lack of resources. Similarly, some of his allies, too, turned their backs on him, which eventually led to Ottoman domination in Albania after his death. Skanderbeg is still referred to as the “Athleta Christi,” or “Champion of Christ.” He is also remembered as the “Mastermind of the First Ever Euro-Atlantic Alliance."