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Tucked away somewhere in central Europe, the small, sleepy country of Slovakia is not one place that will casually pop up in your chai-time discussions or feature in your must-visit list unless a kith or kin recommends it to you. But dive into the pulsating biographies of famous Slovaks and you will start looking at this European country with renewed interest. That is right! Slovakia is more than the dramatic fortresses and craggy mountains that you would normally associate it with. Delve deep into its gene pool and you would find its St. Apostle Altar (which is, by the way, the highest gothic altar in the world!) infinitesimal before its rich human resources. From supermodels to hockey players and from kings to explorers, the land has sheltered some exceptional people who have bought great glories to their homeland. Read all about the famous Slovaks in the biographies and learn lesser-known facts and trivia about their lives from the timeline captured.
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Peter Sagan
(Slovak Professional Road Bicycle Racer)
Peter Sagan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Listed In: YouTubers
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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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Zuzana Čaputová
(The First Woman to be Elected as the President of Slovakia.)
Zuzana Čaputová
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: June 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

Zuzana Čaputová is a Slovak politician, environmental activist, and lawyer. In 2019, Čaputová became the first woman to be elected as the President of Slovakia. She also became the youngest Slovak president of all time as she was 45 years old when she was elected. In 2020, Zuzana Čaputová was included in Forbes magazine's World's 100 Most Powerful Women list.

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Marián Hossa
(Slovak Former Professional Ice Hockey Right Winger)
Marián Hossa
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Alexander Dubcek
(Politician)
Alexander Dubcek
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Listed In: Leaders
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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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Adriana Karembeu
(Slovak Model and Former Guinness Record Holder for the Longest Legs Among Female Models)
Adriana Karembeu
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Birthdate: September 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brezno, Slovakia

Adriana Karembeu is a Slovak actress and fashion model. Karembeu, who achieved popularity by modeling for Victoria's Secret, went on to establish herself as an actress, appearing in many TV series. In 2009, she won the Vienna Fashion Award under the Style Icon category. She previously held the Guinness world record for having the longest legs for any female model.  

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Lukáš Hrádecký
(Finnish Footballer Who Plays as a Goalkeeper)
Lukáš Hrádecký
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Barbara Nedeljáková
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Birthdate: May 16, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
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Daniela Hantuchová
(Slovak Tennis Commentator and Retired Tennis Player)
Daniela Hantuchová
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Poprad, Slovakia

Daniela Hantuchová is a Slovak retired tennis player. She achieved popularity in 2002 when she won the WTA Tour title for the first time in her career; she defeated Martina Hingis in the finals of the Indian Wells Masters, becoming the lowest-ranked player to win the tournament. Also an accomplished doubles player, Hantuchová completed the Career Grand Slam in 2005.

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Kyla Cole
(Slovak Glamour Model and Former Television Presenter)
Kyla Cole
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Birthdate: November 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Prešov, Slovakia

Slovac model Kyla Cole soared to fame after being named the Penthouse Pet of the Month, but she was forced to reject the Penthouse Pet of the Year honor due to visa issues. Though she once revealed she was bisexual, she later said the confession was a marketing tactic.

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Attila Végh
(Mixed Martial Artist)
Attila Végh
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Lucia Popp
(Singer)
Lucia Popp
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 12, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Záhorská Ves, Slovakia
Died: November 16, 1993
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Vladimír Weiss
(Slovak Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Winger / Attacking Midfielder)
Vladimír Weiss
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Petra Vlhová
(First Slovak Skier to Win the World Cup Overall Title & Olympic Gold Medal in the Slalom Event)
Petra Vlhová
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 13, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia

Petra Vlhová is a Slovak alpine ski racer who won the gold medal at the 2019 World Championships in the Giant slalom event. She became the first Slovak skier to win the World Cup overall title in 2021 as well as the gold medal in the 2022 Olympics in China in the slalom event.

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Magdaléna Rybáriková
(Retired Slovak Professional Tennis Player)
Magdaléna Rybáriková
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 4, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Piešťany, Slovakia

Magdaléna Rybáriková is a Slovak former tennis player who won four WTA singles titles during her professional playing career that spanned 15 years. Magdaléna Rybáriková's best Grand Slam result came in 2017 when she reached the semifinals of the Wimbledon Championships, becoming the first Slovak woman to do so; she lost to the eventual winner Garbiñe Muguruza.

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Vica Kerekes
(Actress)
Vica Kerekes
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Birthdate: March 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Fiľakovo, Slovakia

Hungarian-origin Slovak actor Vica Kerekes started her career with the Slovak movie Konečná stanica. Also known as Vica, she later soared to fame with her award-winning roles in films such as Ki/Be Tawaret and Seven Days of Sin. She also appeared in the popular Slovak-Czech series Odsúdené.

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Patricia Janečková
(Operatic soprano)
Patricia Janečková
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 18, 1998
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Münchberg, Germany
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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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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1688
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Terchová, Slovakia
Died: March 17, 1713
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Edita Gruberová
(Operatic soprano)
Edita Gruberová
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 23, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rača, Bratislava, Slovakia
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Gustáv Husák
(Slovak Politician)
Gustáv Husák
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Listed In: Leaders
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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Milan Rastislav Štefánik
(One of the Founding Fathers of Czechoslovakia)
Milan Rastislav Štefánik
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Listed In: Leaders
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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Anna Karolína Schmiedlová
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 13, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Košice, Slovakia

Anna Karolína Schmiedlová is a Slovak professional tennis player who has won three singles WTA Tour titles in her career so far. She has also won the ITF Women's World Tennis Tour titles on 12 occasions. Anna Karolína Schmiedlová competes in both singles and doubles events in Grand Slams and other prestigious tournaments like the Billie Jean King Cup.  

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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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Dominika Cibulková
(Slovak Former Professional Tennis Player)
Dominika Cibulková
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 6, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

Dominika Cibulková is a Slovak retired tennis player who won eight WTA Tour singles titles during her playing career. In 2014, she became the first female player from her country to reach the final of a Grand Slam event when she reached the Australian Open finals where she lost to Li Na.

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Andrej Kiska
(President of Slovakia (2014-19))
Andrej Kiska
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Listed In: Leaders
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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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Juraj Sagan
(Professional Road Bicycle Racer)
Juraj Sagan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Ľudovít Štúr
(Revolutionary Politician and an Important Figure in Slovak History)
Ľudovít Štúr
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Listed In: Leaders
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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Anastasiya Kuzmina
(First Biathlete to Win Gold Medals in Three Consecutive Olympic Games)
Anastasiya Kuzmina
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tyumen, Russia

Anastasiya Kuzmina is a Russian-born Slovak retired biathlete best known for winning three Olympic gold and three silver medals, representing Slovakia. She also won a gold medal at the 2019 World Championships in Östersund, Sweden. Anastasiya Kuzmina also represented Russia and won a gold medal each at the 2003 Youth World Championships and 2005 Junior World Championships.

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Apollonia Vanova
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Birthplace: Slovakia
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Viktória Kužmová
(Slovak Professional Tennis Player)
Viktória Kužmová
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 11, 1998
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Košice, Slovakia

Viktória Kužmová is a Slovak tennis player who has won 14 singles and six doubles titles on the ITF Women's World Tennis Tour so far. She has also won three doubles titles at the WTA Tour. Viktória Kužmová first achieved prominence in 2015 when she won the girls' doubles event alongside Aleksandra Pospelova at the US Open.

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Kyle Kuric
(Professional Basketball player)
Kyle Kuric
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Lukáš Lacko
(Tennis Player)
Lukáš Lacko
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Dara Rolins
(Entrepreneur)
Dara Rolins
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 7, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia
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Milan Kňažko
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 28, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Horné Plachtince, Slovakia
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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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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Jarmila Wolfe
(Slovak-Australian Former Tennis Player)
Jarmila Wolfe
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

Jarmila Wolfe is a Slovak-Australian retired tennis player who won 14 ITF Women's World Tennis Tour titles and two WTA Tour titles during her playing career. Jarmila Wolfe is perhaps best known for winning the 2013 mixed doubles title at the Australian Open alongside fellow Australian player Matthew Ebden.

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Jozef Tiso
(President of the Slovak Republic (1939 – 1945))
Jozef Tiso
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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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Galina Chistyakova
(Current World Record Holder in the Long Jump)
Galina Chistyakova
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 26, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Izmail, Ukraine

Galina Chistyakova is a former athlete best known for representing the Soviet Union in the Olympic Games, European Championships, World Indoor Championships, and European Indoor Championships, winning a bronze medal, one silver medal, one gold medal, and six medals, respectively. In 1988, Chistyakova reached 7.52 metres in the long jump, creating a new world record which she continues to hold.

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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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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Peter Šťastný
(Ice hockey player)
Peter Šťastný
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 18, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia
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Jan Mucha
(Slovak Retired Professional Football Player Who Played as a Goalkeeper)
Jan Mucha
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Kristína Kučová
(Tennis Player)
Kristína Kučová
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 23, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

Kristína Kučová is a Slovak professional tennis player who has won 11 singles ITF Women's World Tennis Tour titles and one WTA Challenger title so far in her career. Kristína Kučová has also won five doubles titles on the ITF Circuit so far.

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Celeste Buckingham
(Singer-songwriter)
Celeste Buckingham
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 3, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland
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Robert Fico
(Prime Minister of Slovakia (2006 – 2010 , 2012 – 2018))
Robert Fico
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Listed In: Leaders
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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Miroslav Žbirka
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 21, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia