Famous Slovak Men

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If there is one more thing that the Slovakians prize more than their fascinating demographic history, quaint architecture, and pretty women, it is their men. And no, it is not because its menfolk rank among the best-looking in the world, but because they also cinch the crown when it comes to being one of the most enterprising and ingenious lot of all. That is right! You will not believe, but some of world’s most ground-breaking inventions were made by Slovakians. From inventing Global Positioning System (GPS) to laying the cornerstone for new age electric guitar and from using the first parachute to developing one of the best antivirus programs in the world, the Slovaks have made some significant contribution in the advancement of the world. Without any ado, let us explore the sterling lives of famous Slovak men, without whom the world would not be what it is today. Their biographies, accounting their timelines, trivia and other interesting facts will surely enthrall you like nothing else.
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Peter Sagan
(Slovak Professional Road Bicycle Racer)
Peter Sagan
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Birthdate: January 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Žilina, Slovakia

Peter Sagan is a Slovak road bicycle racer. He is currently associated with Bora-Hansgrohe, a popular UCI WorldTeam. Widely regarded as one of cycling's greatest talents, Peter Sagan has won several prestigious championships over the course of his career. He has won UCI Road World Championships and European Championship among many other contests.

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David Dobrik
(One of the Most-Watched YouTube Creators and Co-Founder of the Photography App ‘Dispo’)
David Dobrik
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Birthdate: July 23, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kosice, Slovakia

Slovakia-born David Dobrik lives in America and is a very popular social media personality. His humorous videos on YouTube are a raging hit, especially among teenagers and the youth and his followers are in millions. He initially gained recognition as a teenager through six-second video clips on the now-defunct social media app Vine. 

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Marek Hamšík
(Slovak Professional Footballer Who Plays as an Attacking Midfielder)
Marek Hamšík
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Birthdate: July 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Banská Bystrica

Marek Hamšík is a Slovak football player who has captained the Slovakia national team in important tournaments such as the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 UEFA European Football Championship. In 2018, Marek Hamšík became the most capped player for Slovakia and marked the occasion with his 22nd goal, becoming the second-highest goalscorer for his country.

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Marián Hossa
(Slovak Former Professional Ice Hockey Right Winger)
Marián Hossa
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Birthdate: January 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stará Ľubovňa, Slovakia

Marián Hossa is a Slovak retired ice hockey player best known for winning the prestigious Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, 2013, and 2015. Marián Hossa, who accumulated 525 goals during his illustrious career, was made an inductee of the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2020.

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Cornel Wilde
(Actor and Filmmaker Known for His Role in the Film 'A Song to Remember')
Cornel Wilde
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Birthdate: October 13, 1912
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Prievidza, Slovakia
Died: October 16, 1989

Starting his career with Broadway, Cornel Wilde later gained fame for his Academy Award-nominated role of Frédéric Chopin in A Song to Remember. Though he had made it to the US Olympic fencing team in 1936 and had also joined Columbia University to become a physician, he decided to focus on acting instead.

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Alexander Dubcek
(Politician)
Alexander Dubcek
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Birthdate: November 27, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Uhrovec
Died: November 7, 1992

The First Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, Alexander Dubček, was no stranger to politics as a child, being the son of a Communist Party member. He resisted the Nazi occupation, while his liberal policies later led Soviet authorities to invade Czechoslovakia. He eventually died in a car crash.

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Rory Sabbatini
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Birthdate: April 2, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Durban, South Africa

Rory Sabbatini is a South African-Slovak golfer who won a silver medal for Slovakia at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He has also represented South Africa in several World Cups. Between 2000 and 2011, Sabbatini had six PGA Tour wins under his belt.

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Lukáš Hrádecký
(Finnish Footballer Who Plays as a Goalkeeper)
Lukáš Hrádecký
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Birthdate: November 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bratislava, Czechoslovakia

Lukáš Hrádecký is a Finnish football player who plays as a goalkeeper for the Finland national team and Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen. Starting from 2016, Hrádecký was adjudged Finnish Footballer of the Year for three years in a row. In 2020, Lukáš Hrádecký helped his national team qualify for the UEFA European Championship for the first time.

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Marián Vajda
(Former Head Coach of Novak Djokovic)
Marián Vajda
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Birthdate: March 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Považská Bystrica, Slovakia

Marián Vajda is a Slovak tennis coach and former player. He is best known as the former head coach of the current world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. Vajda helped Djokovic win 20 Grand Slams and is deemed the most successful coach of all time. The Olympic Committee of Serbia honored Vajda with the best coach award in 2010 and 2011. 

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Vladimír Weiss
(Slovak Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Winger / Attacking Midfielder)
Vladimír Weiss
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Birthdate: November 30, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

Vladimír Weiss is a Slovak football player best known for his role as a winger for the Slovak national team. He has also represented several prestigious clubs and is currently playing for Slovan Bratislava. In 2011, Vladimír Weiss helped the Rangers win the Scottish Premier League and the Scottish League Cup.

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Attila Végh
(Mixed Martial Artist)
Attila Végh
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Birthdate: August 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dunajská Streda, Slovakia

Attila Végh is a Slovak mixed martial artist best known for winning the Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship title in 2013 after defeating the inaugural Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Christian M'Pumbu. Attila Végh, who has been competing since 2008, has also competed in the M-1 Global promotion.

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Lukas Ridgeston
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Birthdate: April 5, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia
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Juraj Jánošík
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Birthdate: 1688
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Terchová, Slovakia
Died: March 17, 1713
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Milan Rastislav Štefánik
(One of the Founding Fathers of Czechoslovakia)
Milan Rastislav Štefánik
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Birthdate: July 21, 1880
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Košariská, Slovakia
Died: May 4, 1919

Milan Rastislav Štefánik was a Slovak politician, diplomat, aviator, and Freemason. He served as the minister of war for Czechoslovakia during World War I while simultaneously serving as a general in the French Army. He was a  leading member of the Czechoslovak National Council and contributed to the cause of Czechoslovakian sovereignty. He died in a plane crash in 1919.  

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Andrej Kiska
(4th President of Slovakia)
Andrej Kiska
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Birthdate: February 2, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Poprad, Slovakia

Andrej Kiska is a Slovak politician, entrepreneur, writer, and philanthropist. He became the 4th president of Slovakia in 2014 after running as an independent candidate in the 2014 presidential election. He was popular as the president, and polls in 2018 indicated that he was Slovakia's most trusted politician. He is the author of two books about happiness, success, and life. 

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Miloslav Mečíř
(Slovakian Former Professional Tennis Player Who Won the Men's Singles Gold Medal at the 1988 Olympic Games)
Miloslav Mečíř
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Birthdate: May 19, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bojnice, Slovakia

Miloslav Mečíř is a Slovakian retired professional tennis player best known for winning the gold medal in the men's singles event at the 1988 Olympic Games, earning Czechoslovakia its first ever medal at the event. In the same Olympics, Mečíř and Šrejber shared the bronze medal with Sweden's Stefan Edberg and Anders Järryd as there was no bronze medal match.

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Ľudovít Štúr
(Revolutionary Politician and an Important Figure in Slovak History)
Ľudovít Štúr
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Birthdate: October 28, 1815
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Uhrovec, Slovakia
Died: January 12, 1856

Slovak author and politician Ľudovít Štúr was a major figure of the 19th-century Slovak national revival. He had started writing poems as a teenager and had also penned The Theory of the Slovak Language. He was also part of the Hungarian Assembly. He later accidentally shot himself during a hunt.

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Juraj Sagan
(Professional Road Bicycle Racer)
Juraj Sagan
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Birthdate: December 23, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Žilina, Slovakia

Juraj Sagan is a Slovak road bicycle racer best known for winning the National Road Race Championships on four occasions. He currently competes for the popular UCI ProTeam Team, TotalEnergies. Juraj Sagan is also known as the younger brother of the famous World Road Race Champion, Peter Sagan.

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Kyle Kuric
(Professional Basketball player)
Kyle Kuric
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Birthdate: August 25, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States

Kyle Kuric is an American-Slovak basketball player and a multiple-time Spanish Cup champion with his present club, FC Barcelona, which competes in prestigious tournamens like the EuroLeague and the Liga ACB. He achieved prominence in 2010 when he led the Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team to a win in the final game played at the Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Milan Kňažko
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Birthdate: August 28, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Horné Plachtince, Slovakia

Slovak politician Milan Kňažko, who has been associated with the Public against Violence movement and the Velvet Revolution, or Gentle Revolution, is also a fine actor. He is known for his appearances in films such as the Czech movie Devět kruhů pekla and the American horror flick Hostel: Part II.

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Lukáš Lacko
(Tennis Player)
Lukáš Lacko
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Birthdate: November 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Piešťany, Czechoslovakia
Lukáš Lacko is a Slovak tennis player who represented his country at the 2012 Olympic Games. He also competes in Grand Slam tournaments and has achieved his best result thus far at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, where he has reached the third round. 
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Ondrej Nepela
(Slovak Figure Skater Who Represented Czechoslovakia and Won the Gold Medal at the 1972 Winter Olympics)
Ondrej Nepela
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Birthdate: January 22, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia
Died: February 2, 1989

Ondrej Nepela was a Slovak figure skater best remembered for representing Czechoslovakia at the Olympic Games and World Championships. He won a gold medal at the 1972 Winter Olympics and three gold medals, one each at the 1971, 1972, and 1973 World Championships. Ondrej Nepela also won five gold medals at the European Championships during his career.

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Jozef Tiso
(President of the Slovak Republic (1939 – 1945))
Jozef Tiso
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Birthdate: October 13, 1887
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bytča, Slovakia
Died: April 18, 1947

Jozef Tiso was a Slovak politician best remembered for his service as the president of the Slovak State from 1939 to 1945. The Slovak State was a client state of German Reich during World War II. After the war, Jozef Tiso was executed for crimes against humanity and war crimes in Bratislava.

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Dominik Hrbatý
(One of Only Three Players to Beat Federer, Nadal and Djokovic in his First Match Against Them)
Dominik Hrbatý
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Birthdate: January 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

Dominik Hrbatý is a Slovak former professional tennis player best known for his unique record of beating the Big Three in his first match against them, joining an elite list comprising only Nick Kyrgios, Lleyton Hewitt, and himself. Dominik Hrbatý is also known for winning the prestigious Hopman Cup in 2005 and 2009.

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Peter Šťastný
(Ice hockey player)
Peter Šťastný
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Birthdate: September 18, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

Also known as Peter the Great, Peter Šťastný was one of the most prominent offensive players of the NHL. The Slovak-Canadian ice hockey player was second to Wayne Gretzky in terms of the highest scores in the 1980s. A 2-time world champion, he has also been a European parliament member for Slovakia.

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Gustáv Husák
(Slovak Politician)
Gustáv Husák
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Birthdate: January 10, 1913
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dúbravka, Bratislava
Died: November 18, 1991
Gustáv Husák had been the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia and had also served as his country’s president. A practicing lawyer, he brought about several reforms in his post-Prague Spring administration, doing away with excessive liberalism. He was a three-time Hero of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic.
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Robert Fico
(Prime Minister of Slovakia (2006 – 2010 , 2012 – 2018))
Robert Fico
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Birthdate: September 15, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Topoľčany

Robert Fico is a Slovak politician best known for his service as the Prime Minister of Slovakia on two occasions; he held the prime minister's office from 2006 to 2010 and again from 2012 until his resignation in 2018. Robert Fico is currently serving as a member of the National Council. 

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Andrej Hlinka
(Slovak Catholic Priest, Politician and Activist)
Andrej Hlinka
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Birthdate: September 27, 1864
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Černová, Ružomberok, Slovakia
Died: August 16, 1938

Slovak Catholic priest Andrej Hlinka was a major part of the Slovak opposition to the Czechoslovak government. He co-founded the Slovak People’s Party and was part of the National Assembly of Czechoslovakia. He is now regarded as a Slovak patriot and was also featured on Slovak currency, before the introduction of the Euro.

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Ján Volko
(Slovak Sprinter Who Competes in 60 m, 100 m and 200m Events)
Ján Volko
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Birthdate: November 2, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

Ján Volko is a Slovak sprinter who has won a gold, silver, and bronze medals at the European Indoor Championships. Volko has also won a couple of silver medals at the European Games. Ján Volko's popularity increased in 2020 when he was chosen as the face of a game called Athletics Mania developed by PowerPlay Studio. 

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Jan Mucha
(Slovak Retired Professional Football Player Who Played as a Goalkeeper)
Jan Mucha
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Birthdate: December 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Belá nad Cirochou

Ján Mucha is a Slovak retired professional football player best known for representing his country as a goalkeeper from 2008 to 2016. He played a major role in helping his national team qualify for the FIFA World Cup in 2010 for the first time in history.

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Norbert Gombos
(Tennis Player)
Norbert Gombos
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Birthdate: August 13, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Galanta, Slovakia

Norbert Gombos is a Slovak tennis player who plays for the men's national Davis Cup team. Gombos also competes on the ATP Challenger Tour and Grand Slam events. His best result so far in Grand Slam is reaching the third round at the French Open in 2020. Norbert Gombos is the current No. 2 singles player in Slovakia.

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Miroslav Žbirka
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Birthdate: October 21, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia
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Ivan Gašparovič
(Former President of Slovakia)
Ivan Gašparovič
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Birthdate: March 27, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Poltár

Ivan Gašparovič is a Slovak lawyer and politician who served as the third president of his country from 2004 to 2014. Since he had already served as an acting president for a few months in 1998, Gašparovič became the first president to be re-elected in Slovakia when he won the presidential elections in 2004.

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Martin Kližan
(Slovak Retired Professional Tennis Player)
Martin Kližan
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Birthdate: July 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

Martin Kližan is a Slovak former tennis player who won six ATP titles during his professional career that spanned 14 years. Before turning pro in 2007, Martin Kližan won the French Open boys' singles title in 2006.

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Jozef Kovalík
(Tennis Player)
Jozef Kovalík
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Birthdate: November 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

Jozef Kovalík is a Slovak tennis player who came into prominence in 2010 when he won the bronze medal in the doubles event at the Summer Youth Olympics alongside fellow Slovak player Filip Horanský. Since turning professional in 2010, Jozef Kovalík has been competing in many prestigious tournaments, winning the Capri Watch Cup in 2016.

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Vladimir Brodziansky
(Basketball Player)
Vladimir Brodziansky
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Birthdate: May 8, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Prievidza, Slovakia

Vladimir Brodziansky is a Slovak basketball player who currently plays for the Spanish basketball team, Club Joventut de Badalona. Brodziansky represented the TCU Horned Frogs men's basketball team at the collegiate level. He then signed with Obradoiro CAB before becoming an important member of Club Joventut Badalona. 

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Ernest Nagel
(Philosopher)
Ernest Nagel
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Birthdate: November 16, 1901
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nové Mesto nad Váhom, Slovakia
Died: September 20, 1985
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Anton Hrnko
(Slovak Historian and Politician Best Known for His Book, 'Slovak History from Dawn to Present')
Anton Hrnko
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Birthdate: January 31, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Žilina, Slovakia

Anton Hrnko is a Slovak politician and historian best known for his book, Slovak history from dawn to present. A long-time associate of the Slovak National Party, Anton Hrnko is currently serving as a member of the National Council.

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Andrej Martin
(Tennis player)
Andrej Martin
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Birthdate: September 20, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

Slovak tennis player Andrej Martin had a successful junior career, gaining the world number 8 rank. He also reached a career-high senior ranking of 93 in singles and was part of the 2016 Summer Olympics. He is now associated with charities such as Drahuskovo, a non-profit that works for autism-affected people.

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Vladimír Mečiar
(Politician)
Vladimír Mečiar
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Birthdate: July 26, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Zvolen

Vladimír Mečiar is a Slovak politician who played a major role during the disunion of Czechoslovakia in 1992–93. Mečiar served as the prime minister of Slovakia on three occasions. He also served as the country's president for a short period of time in 1998. Known for his autocratic style of administration, Mečiar has been criticized by Western political organizations.

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Michal Kováč
(The First President of Slovakia (1993 – 1998))
Michal Kováč
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Birthdate: August 5, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ľubiša

Michal Kováč was a Slovak political figure who served as the first President of Slovakia from 1993 to 1998. He also served as the Finance Minister of Slovak Federal Republic from 1989 to 1991, a phase marked by the Velvet Revolution. Michal Kováč is also credited with co-founding a national-populist political party called The Movement for a Democratic Slovakia.

Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav
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Birthdate: February 2, 1849
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vyšný Kubín, Slovakia
Died: November 8, 1921
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Mikuláš Dzurinda
(Prime Minister of Slovakia (1998 – 2006))
Mikuláš Dzurinda
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Birthdate: February 4, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Spišský Štvrtok

Mikuláš Dzurinda is a Slovak politician best known for his service as the Prime Minister of Slovakia from 1998 to 2006. He is credited with founding and leading important political parties, such as Slovak Democratic Coalition and the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union. Mikuláš Dzurinda also served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2010 to 2012.

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Filip Polasek
(Tennis player)
Filip Polasek
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Birthdate: July 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Slovakia

Though Slovak tennis player Filip Polasek retired in 2013 due to ill health, he returned to tennis in 2018 and won his first Grand Slam in 2021. He has a career-high ranking of 7 in singles and has also become the first Grand Slam men’s singles or doubles champion from his country.

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Zdena Studenková
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Birthdate: May 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia
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Matej Toth
(Race Walker and Former Olympic Champion in the 50 km Walk)
Matej Toth
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Birthdate: February 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nitra, Slovakia

Matej Toth is a Slovak race walker best known for winning the gold medal in the men's 50 kilometres race walk event at the 2016 Olympic Games. He has also won a gold medal at the World Championships and a couple of silver medals at the European Championships. In 2016, Matej Toth was named Slovak Athlete of the Year.

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Vladimír Clementis
(Former Foreign Minister of Czechoslovakia)
Vladimír Clementis
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Birthdate: September 20, 1902
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tisovec, Slovakia
Died: December 3, 1952

Vladimír Clementis was a Slovak minister, lawyer, politician, publicist, author, and literary critic. An important member of the famous Czechoslovak Communist Party, Clementis served as the Foreign Minister of Czechoslovakia from 1948 to 1950. As the Foreign Minister, Vladimír Clementis played a decisive role in involving Czechoslovakia in Operation Balak to help the newly founded Israel and its Air Force.

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Aurel Stodola
(Engineer)
Aurel Stodola
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Birthdate: May 10, 1859
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Liptovský Mikuláš
Died: December 25, 1942
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Karol Kučera
(Slovak Retired Professional Tennis Player)
Karol Kučera
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Birthdate: March 4, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

Karol Kučera is a Slovak retired professional tennis player who won six ATP singles titles during his playing career that spanned 13 years. Kučera is best known for reaching the semi-finals of the 1998 Australian Open. In the same year, he also won the prestigious Hopman Cup. Nicknamed the Little Cat, Kučera was known for his deceptive style of play. 

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Jozef Murgaš
(Inventor)
Jozef Murgaš
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Birthdate: February 17, 1864
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tajov
Died: May 11, 1929

Known as the Radio Priest, Jozef Murgaš was a Slovak Roman Catholic priest who is remembered for his contribution to the development of wireless transmission. Regarded as one of the inventors of the radio, he was also an acclaimed botanist, an architect, and a painter.