Famous Romanian Men

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Kwame Nkrumah
(First President of Ghana)
Kwame Nkrumah
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Birthdate: September 21, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nkroful
Died: April 27, 1972

Kwame Nkrumah was a Ghanaian revolutionary and politician. He played an important role in the independence of the Gold Coast in 1957, after which he served as the first prime minister of Ghana from 1957 to 1960 and then as the first president of Ghana from 1960 to 1966. He also played an influential role as an advocate of Pan-Africanism.

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Bela Bartok
(One of the Most Important Composers of the 20th Century)
Bela Bartok
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Birthdate: March 25, 1881
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sânnicolau Mare, Romania
Died: September 26, 1945

Bela Bartok was a Hungarian pianist, composer, and ethnomusicologist. Widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most prominent composers, Bartok is also counted among Hungary's greatest composers of all time. He is credited with co-founding comparative musicology, which came to be known as ethnomusicology.

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Sebastian Stan
(Best Known for His Role as 'Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier' in the Marvel Cinematic Universe)
Sebastian Stan
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Birthdate: August 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Constanța, Romania

Sebastian Stan serves as an inspiration to many youngsters as he overcame his difficult beginnings to become a popular actor in the American film industry. A self-made man, he learned the art of acting at the prestigious Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London and went on to star in hit films like Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Endgame.

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Vlad the Impaler
(Ruler of Wallachia (1448))
Vlad the Impaler
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Birthdate: 1431 AD
Birthplace: Sighișoara, Romania
Died: November 30, 1476

Often considered a national hero of Romania, Vlad the Impaler was an important ruler in Wallachian history. Also known as Vlad Dracula, his reputation for cruelty inspired the name of the famous fictitious vampire Count Dracula. Books describing his cruelty were among the first-known bestsellers in the German-speaking territories.

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Elie Wiesel
(Writer)
Elie Wiesel
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Birthdate: September 30, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sighetu Marmației, Romania
Died: July 2, 2016

Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Elie Wiesel is best remembered for his book Night, which relates his traumatic experience as a Jewish prisoner in the Nazi concentration camps. After surviving the Holocaust, he became a journalist and a human rights activist, and also helped in establishing the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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Saint Patrick
(Missionary)
Saint Patrick
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Birthdate: 0385 AD
Birthplace: Roman Britain
Died: March 17, 0461

Saint Patrick was a Romano-British bishop and Christian missionary in Ireland. Widely regarded as the main patron saint of Ireland, Patrick is often referred to as the Apostle of Ireland. According to early medieval tradition, Patrick is credited with popularizing Christianity in Ireland. His life and work inspired the 2000 TV historical drama film, St. Patrick: The Irish Legend.

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Michael of Romania
(The Last King of Romania (1927 - 1930))
Michael of Romania
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Birthdate: October 25, 1921
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Peleș Castle, Sinaia, Romania
Died: December 5, 2017
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Gheorghe Mureșan
(One of the Two Tallest Basketball Players Who Have Played in the History of ‘NBA’)
Gheorghe Mureșan
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Birthdate: February 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tritenii de Jos, Romania
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Gheorghe Hagi
(Legendary Romanian Footballer, Manager and Owner of Liga I Club 'Farul Constanța')
Gheorghe Hagi
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Birthdate: February 5, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sacele, Romania
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Ovid
(Poet)
Ovid
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Birthdate: March 20, 0043
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sulmo, Italy, Roman Republic
Died: 0017 AD

Roman poet Publius Ovidius Naso, better known as Ovid, lived during the rule of Augustus. He is held at par with Latin legends Virgil and Horace. Remembered for his mythological masterpiece the Metamorphoses, a 15-book Latin poem, he spent his final years exiled in a city on the Black Sea.

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Ilie Năstase
(Former World Number One Romanian Tennis Legend)
Ilie Năstase
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Birthdate: July 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
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Alaric I
(King of the Visigoths (395-410))
Alaric I
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Birthdate: 0370 AD
Birthplace: Peuce Island
Died: 0410 AD

Alaric I reigned as the first king of the Visigoths. Alaric, who operated against the Western Roman regimes, is best remembered for playing a crucial role in the sack of Rome in 410, which was one of the major events leading up to the fall of the Western Roman Empire. After Rome's sack, Alaric fell ill and died in Bruttium.

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Constantin Brâncuși
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Birthdate: February 19, 1876
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hobita, Romania
Died: March 16, 1957

Constantin Brâncuși was a Romanian sculptor, painter, and photographer. A pioneer of modernism, he is considered one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th-century. The son of poor parents, he worked hard to fund his training at the Bucharest School of Fine Arts and became a skilled sculptor. He left behind 1200 photographs and 215 sculptures at his death. 

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Klaus Iohannis
(President of Romania)
Klaus Iohannis
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Birthdate: June 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sibiu
Romanian president Klaus Iohannis, who is also the National Liberal Party leader and had initially been a physics teacher, calls himself a “firefighter.” Though he has pledged to fight against corruption in Romania, Iohannis believes his country is not yet ready for the legalization of same-sex marriages. 
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John Houseman
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Birthdate: September 22, 1902
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Died: October 31, 1988
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Emil Cioran
(One of the Finest Philosophers and Critical Writers from Romania)
Emil Cioran
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Birthdate: April 8, 1911
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rasinari, Romania
Died: July 20, 1995
Born to a priest father, Romanian philosopher Emil Cioran grew up to include religious and melancholic themes in his works. His award-winning bestseller A Short History of Decay was followed by books such as The Trouble with Being Born, all of which spoke of illness and suicide.
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Ion Antonescu
(Conducător of Romania (1940 - 1944))
Ion Antonescu
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Birthdate: June 14, 1882
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pitești, Romania
Died: June 1, 1946
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Nicolae Ceaușescu
(Former President of Romania)
Nicolae Ceaușescu
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Birthdate: January 26, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Scornicești
Died: December 25, 1989

Nicolae Ceaușescu was a Romanian politician who served as the first president of the country. Ceaușescu's communist government was totalitarian and was responsible for human rights abuses and severe repression. An anti-government protest (the Romanian Revolution) broke out in 1989 and his government was overthrown subsequently. Ceaușescu and his wife were convicted of genocide and executed by firing squad.

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Carol II of Romania
(King of Romania (1930-40))
Carol II of Romania
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Birthdate: October 15, 1893
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Peleș Castle, Sinaia, Romania
Died: April 4, 1953

Carol II of Romania reigned as king of Romania from 1930 to 1940. He played a major role in establishing a royal dictatorship in Romania by abolishing the political parties and removing the 1923 constitution. He replaced the political parties with the National Renaissance Front, a single monopoly party of government. 

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Mihai Eminescu
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Birthdate: January 15, 1850
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Botoșani, Romania
Died: June 15, 1889
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Adrian Mutu
(Professional Football Manager & Former Player)
Adrian Mutu
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Birthdate: January 8, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Călinești, Romania
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Carol I of Romania
(King of Romania (1881 – 1914))
Carol I of Romania
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Birthdate: April 20, 1839
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sigmaringen, Germany
Died: October 10, 1914

Carol I of Romania reigned as the King of Romania from 15 March 1881 to 10 October 1914. He helped Romania achieve independence by leading his men during the Russo-Turkish War and is best remembered as the Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen dynasty's first ruler. During his reign, Romania's infrastructure and industry were improved.

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Corneliu Zelea Codreanu
(Romanian Politcian, Founder and Leader of the Legionary Movement (Iron Guard))
Corneliu Zelea Codreanu
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Birthdate: September 13, 1899
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Huși
Died: November 30, 1938
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Mircea Lucescu
(One of the Most Decorated Managers and Successful Football Players of All Time)
Mircea Lucescu
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Birthdate: July 29, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bucharest
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Mircea Eliade
(Historian of Religion and Author)
Mircea Eliade
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Birthdate: March 13, 1907
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Died: April 22, 1986

Mircea Eliade was a Romanian fiction writer, historian of religion, professor at the University of Chicago, and philosopher. His stories and novels have been adapted into films, such as The Bengali Night, which was directed by Nicolas Klotz. His works have also influenced writers all over the world.

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Dan Petrescu
(Former Romanian Football Player and Manager)
Dan Petrescu
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Birthdate: December 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

Dan Petrescu is a Romanian former football player best known for winning the 1998 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup for Chelsea. He also earned 95 caps for his national team between 1989 and 2000. Since his retirement, Dan Petrescu has worked as a manager and is currently managing CFR Cluj. Petrescu is the second-most successful Romanian manager.

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Michael the Brave
(Romanian National Hero Known for Uniting All of Romania for the First Time)
Michael the Brave
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Birthdate: January 15, 1558
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Drăgoeşti, Vâlcea
Died: August 9, 1601
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Robert Bobroczky
(Romanian Basketball Player Known for His Striking 7'7" Frame)
Robert Bobroczky
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Birthdate: July 17, 2000
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Arad, Romania
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George Enescu
(Romanian composer)
George Enescu
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Birthdate: August 19, 1881
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: George Enescu, Botoşani
Died: May 4, 1955
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Alexandru Ioan Cuza
(One of the Founders of the Modern Romanian State)
Alexandru Ioan Cuza
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Birthdate: March 20, 1820
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bârlad, Romania
Died: May 15, 1873

Alexandru Ioan Cuza was the first ruler of the Romanian Principalities after the unification of Moldavia and Wallachia. He is credited with modernizing the Romanian society through a series of reforms. Today, Alexandru Ioan Cuza is regarded as a national hero of Romania. He is also counted among the founders of the modern Romanian state.

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Paul Celan
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Birthdate: November 23, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chernivtsi, Ukraine
Died: April 20, 1970
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Traian Băsescu
(Former President of Romania)
Traian Băsescu
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Birthdate: November 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Murfatlar

Former Romanian politician Traian Băsescu was impeached and re-instated by a popular referendum once in 2007 and again in 2012. As the governor of Bucharest, he successfully reduced the number of stray dogs. He also sent Romanian troops to serve as part of George Bush’s war in Iraq.

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Ferdinand I of Romania
(King of Romania (1914 - 1927))
Ferdinand I of Romania
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Birthdate: August 24, 1865
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sigmaringen, Germany
Died: July 20, 1927

Ferdinand I of Romania reigned as the King of Romania from 10 October 1914 until his death on 20 July 1927. He chose to support the Triple Entente during World War I and managed to annex Transylvania, Bukovina, Bessarabia, and parts of Maramureș, Crișana, and Banat, which resulted in the establishment of Greater Romania.

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Gordian III
(Youngest Roman Emperor (238 - 244))
Gordian III
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Birthdate: January 20, 0225
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rome
Died: February 11, 0244

Gordian III was a Roman emperor who reigned from 238 to 244 AD. He was the youngest Roman emperor as he ascended the throne at age 13. His reign was marked by a series of major earthquakes that swallowed a number of cities along with their inhabitants.

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Lucian Bute
(Romanian-Canadian Former Professional Boxer and IBF Super-Middleweight Title Champion from 2007 to 2012)
Lucian Bute
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Birthdate: February 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pechea, Galați, Romania
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Gyorgy Dozsa
(Soldier)
Gyorgy Dozsa
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Birthdate: 1470 AD
Birthplace: Dalnic, Romania
Died: July 20, 1514
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Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej
(Romanian Communist Party Leader and Romania's First Communist Prime Minister (1952 - 1955))
Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej
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Birthdate: November 8, 1901
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bârlad, Romania
Died: March 19, 1965
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Ion Tiriac
(Former Romanian Tennis Player)
Ion Tiriac
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Birthdate: May 9, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brașov, Romania

Ion Tiriac is a Romanian businessman and retired tennis and ice hockey player. He is best known for winning the men's doubles event at the 1970 French Open. In 2013, he was made an inductee of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. As an ice hockey player, Tiriac played for his national team as defenseman at the 1964 Winter Olympics.

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Cristian Chivu
(Former Romanian Footballer Who Played as a Defender)
Cristian Chivu
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Birthdate: October 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Reşiţa

Cristian Chivu is a Romanian retired football player who earned 75 caps for his national team between 1999 and 2010. He also represented popular clubs like Inter Milan, winning the FIFA Club World Cup and the UEFA Champions League for the team. Cristian Chivu is currently serving as the head coach of Internazionale's Primavera side.

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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.

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William Safire
(American journalist)
William Safire
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Birthdate: December 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: September 27, 2009
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Carinus
(Roman Emperor (283 - 285))
Carinus
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Birthdate: 0257 AD
Birthplace: Dalmatia, Croatia
Died: June 30, 0285

Carinus was a Roman emperor who reigned from 283 to 285 AD. He was the son of Emperor Carus. Carinus is often counted among the worst Roman emperors and this reputation of his may have been orchestrated by his successful opponent, Diocletian.

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Gheorghe Popescu
(Romanian Former Footballer Who Played as Defender)
Gheorghe Popescu
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Birthdate: October 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Calafat, Dolj County, Romania
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Hermann Oberth
(Physicist)
Hermann Oberth
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Birthdate: June 25, 1894
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sibiu, Romania
Died: December 28, 1989

Austro-Hungarian-born German physicist and engineer Hermann Oberth is regarded as one of the founding fathers of astronautics and rocketry along with Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Robert Esnault-Pelterie, and Robert Goddard. His classic book The Rocket into Planetary Space gained him widespread attention. Oberth garnered a patent for his rocket design and launched his first rocket near Berlin, Germany, on May 7, 1931.

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Sergiu Celibidache
(Greatest conductor of the 20th century)
Sergiu Celibidache
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Birthdate: June 28, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Roman, Romania
Died: August 14, 1996
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Ernie Grunfeld
(Romanian-American Former Basketball Player and 1976 Olympic Gold Medal Winner with Team USA )
Ernie Grunfeld
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Birthdate: April 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Satu Mare, Romania
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Răzvan Lucescu
(Romanian Retired Footballer Who Played as a Goalkeeper)
Răzvan Lucescu
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Birthdate: February 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

Răzvan Lucescu is a Romanian former football player who played as a goalkeeper. Although he did not achieve much popularity as a player, Lucescu is renowned for his coaching career. In 2018 and 2020, Răzvan Lucescu was named Romania Coach of the Year by Gazeta Sporturilor.             

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Joseph M. Juran
(Engineer)
Joseph M. Juran
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Birthdate: December 24, 1904
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brăila, Romania
Died: February 28, 2008
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Bela Karolyi
(Gymnastics Coach Known for Developing the Romanian Centralised Training System for Gymnastics)
Bela Karolyi
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Birthdate: September 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Bela Karolyi is a prominent gymnastics coach who developed the Romanian centralized training system for gymnastics.  His wife, Márta Károlyi, is also a gymnastics coach and together they have trained numerous Olympic, European, and World champions. The couple has been credited with transforming gymnastic coaching in USA. Many gymnasts have called him out for his abusive coaching style. 

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Saul Steinberg
(Comics artist, Painter, Illustrator)
Saul Steinberg
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Birthdate: June 15, 1914
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Râmnicu Sărat, Romania
Died: May 12, 1999

A qualified architect, Saul Steinberg later established himself as a cartoonist and an illustrator and is best remembered for his contributions to The New Yorker. Born to Jewish parents in Romania, he escaped to the U.S. in the wake of anti-Semitic attacks. He also designed advertisements, murals, and theater sets.

Romania, the country that has inspired literary best-sellers like Jules Verne’s “The Castle in the Carpathians” and Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”, has also produced a wad of inspirational men. That is right! This ninth largest wine producing country in the world has been home to a fine stream of ingenious men who have influenced the world in mind-boggling ways. Do not believe us? Then read this. Did you know that the world’s smallest ever printed money was invented in Romania? Did you know that the first modern jet engine was invented by a Romanian? Did you know that the Romanian city of Timisoara was the first in Europe to get electric street lights? With achievements of such scale that paved a way for others to follow, it will not be an overestimation to credit the Romanian men for their inventiveness. Without further ado, let us discover the inspiring memoirs of many such famous Romanian men in their biographies below. Their timeline, trivia, and interesting facts will be a treat for anyone willing to learn all about them.