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Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
(Founder of the Republic of Turkey,)
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 19, 1881
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: November 10, 1938
Kemal Atatürk, known as the founding father of the Republic of Turkey, was its first president. He unified Turkey into a secular country and invested in education and women’s rights. He also popularized the Latin-based Turkish alphabet and made minorities speak Turkish in public. His policies are known as “Kemalism.” 
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Saints Methodius
(Byzantine Christian Theologians and Missionaries)
Saints Methodius
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0827 AD
Died: February 14, 0869
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Kostas Karamitroudis
(Thrash metal, Melodic death metal, Black metal)
Kostas Karamitroudis
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo

Better known as Gus G, Greek heavy metal guitarist Kostas Karamitroudis soared to fame as part of legendary English singer Ozzy Osbourne’s band. He was 9 when he decided to learn the guitar and joined Berklee at 17, though he dropped out soon after to explore the metal scene on his own.

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Demetrius of Thessaloniki
(soldier, religious servant)
Demetrius of Thessaloniki
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0270 AD
Died: 0306 AD
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Miltiadis Tentoglou
(Greek Long Jumper and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Miltiadis Tentoglou
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 18, 1998
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Nâzım Hikmet
(Poet)
Nâzım Hikmet
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 15, 1902
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: June 3, 1963

Turkish poet and author Nâzım Hikmet was chiefly known as a Romantic Communist. After being jailed in Turkey for his political activities, he spent the rest of his life in the Soviet Union and eastern Europe. He redefined Turkish literature with his free verse and poems such as Şeyh Bedreddin destanı.

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Apostolos Vellios
(Greek Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Striker)
Apostolos Vellios
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 8, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Apostolos Vellios is a Greek football player who has represented popular clubs like Everton, Nottingham Forest, and Ascoli. Standing at 6 ft 3 in, Vellios is an effective striker and is known for his aggressive style of play. He currently plays for Lamia Football Club which competes in Super League.

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Katerina Sakellaropoulou
(President of Greece)
Katerina Sakellaropoulou
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini

Greek judge Katerina Sakellaropoulou, who specializes in environmental and constitutional law, became the first female president of Greece back in 2020. Previously, she has also been the first female president of the Council of State, the highest administrative court in her country. She also regularly contributes to various academic journals.

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Albert Bourla
(Veterinarian and the Chairman and CEO of Pfizer)
Albert Bourla
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: October 21, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra

Albert Bourla is a Greek-American veterinarian known for his association with the pharmaceutical and biotechnology corporation, Pfizer Inc., where he is currently serving as the chairman and chief executive officer. Bourla, who has held many executive roles across Pfizer's divisions, is credited with making Pfizer a company focused on research and development. In 2022, he was awarded the Genesis Prize.

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Giorgos Katidis
(Greek Professional Footballer Who Plays as an Attacking Midfielder)
Giorgos Katidis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 12, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Giorgos Katidis is a Greek footballer who currently plays for the Super League 2 club Irodotos. A controversial player, Katidis celebrated his winning goal against Veria Football Club by giving a Nazi salute on 16 March 2013 while playing for AEK Athens. His gesture caused uproar in the media and Giorgos Katidis was banned from representing all Greek national teams.

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Dimitrios Konstantopoulos
(Greek Former International Football Player Who Played as a Goalkeeper)
Dimitrios Konstantopoulos
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 29, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Dimitrios Konstantopoulos is a Greek former football player and goalkeeper. He is best known for his association with Hartlepool United Football Club for which he made 117 league appearances. After retiring as a player, Dimitrios Konstantopoulos started his career as a goalkeeper coach for Hartlepool United in August 2021.

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Lazaros Christodoulopoulos
(Greek Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Winger)
Lazaros Christodoulopoulos
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Lazaros Christodoulopoulos is a Greek football player who emerged as the top scorer during the 2017–18 Greek Cup season for AEK Athens. During the same season, he was also adjudged Super League Greece Greek Footballer of the Year. Over the years, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos has won three Super League Greece titles and two Greek Cups with different teams.

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Eva Kaili
(Politician)
Eva Kaili
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 26, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Eva Kaili is a Greek politician and former television news presenter. Since 2014, Kaili has been serving as an important Member of the European Parliament. She is also the current Vice-President of the European Parliament, after having assumed office on 18 January 2022.

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Akis Petretzikis
(Chef as First Person to Win the MasterChef Greece)
Akis Petretzikis
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Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: March 4, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Kostas Stafylidis
(Greek Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Left-Back)
Kostas Stafylidis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Kostas Stafylidis is a Greek football player who represents the national team. Over the years, Stafylidis has also been successful at the club level, having played for popular teams like PAOK, Bayer Leverkusen, and 1899 Hoffenheim. Kostas Stafylidis was also an important player for the Greek U19 team which finished second at the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.

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Traianos Dellas
(Greek Football Manager and Former Professional Player Who Played as a Centre Back)
Traianos Dellas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 31, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Traianos Dellas is a Greek football manager who had success with AEK Athens between 2013 and 2021. A former player, Dellas helped Greece win the Euro 2004, during which he scored a silver goal, becoming the only player to do so in an international match. He also had success with AEK Athens as a player, winning the Greek Cup twice.

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Kostas Sloukas
(Greek Professional Basketball Player)
Kostas Sloukas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 15, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Kostas Sloukas is a Greek basketball player who has participated in six EuroLeague Finals out of which he has won three titles. He is also a two-time Greek League Champion and two-time Greek Cup Winner with the popular Greek club Olympiacos. Sloukas has also played for the Turkish club Fenerbahçe for which he has won three Turkish Super League titles.

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Salamo Arouch
(Boxer)
Salamo Arouch
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 1, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: April 26, 2009

Salamo Arouch was a Jewish Greek boxer remembered for winning the Greek Middleweight Boxing Championship and the All-Balkans Middleweight Championship in 1938 and 1939 respectively. He is best remembered for surviving the Holocaust by performing as an entertainment boxer for Nazi officers. His life inspired the 1989 drama film Triumph of the Spirit where he was played by Willem Dafoe.

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Marinella
(Singer)
Marinella
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 20, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus

Marinella is a Greek singer best known for her longevity and versatility. Marinella, whose singing career has spanned over 65 years, is one of the most popular and respected singers in Greece. Apart from releasing several solo albums, she has also collaborated with other prominent musicians over the course of her illustrious career.

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Ioannis Sfairopoulos
(Basketball coach)
Ioannis Sfairopoulos
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries

Ioannis Sfairopoulos was 12 when he began his youth basketball career with Apollon Kalamarias. However, he retired at 21, starting his coaching career soon after. Throughout his illustrious career, he has trained Greek clubs such as Olympiacos and has led the Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv to 3 Israeli League titles.

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Natassa Theodoridou
(Singer)
Natassa Theodoridou
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 24, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Natassa Theodoridou is a Greek singer who holds the distinction of being the only female Greek artist whose first three albums achieved platinum status. In her career so far, she has a total of ten platinum and three gold albums to her name. She has collaborated with numerous popular composers and songwriters, including Mihalis Hatzigiannis and Eleanna Vrachali.  

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Daniel Carasso
(French American Entrepreneur)
Daniel Carasso
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 16, 1905
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: May 17, 2009
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Nikos Zisis
(Basketball player)
Nikos Zisis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo

Nikos Zisis is a Greek former basketball player who played at both the shooting guard and point guard positions, thanks to his height of 1.97 m. A four-time Italian League champion, Nikos Zisis was also an important player for his national team, winning gold, silver, and bronze at the 2005 EuroBasket, 2006 FIBA World Championship, and 2009 EuroBasket, respectively.

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Dinos Mitoglou
(Basketball player)
Dinos Mitoglou
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 11, 1996
Sun Sign: Gemini

Dinos Mitoglou is a Greek basketball player who plays in popular leagues like EuroLeague and the Italian LBA. A four-time Greek League champion, Mitoglou was named a Greek League All-Star as well as a Greek League All-Star Game MVP in 2020. Dinos Mitoglou is also a two-time Greek Cup winner.

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Yvonne Sanson
(Former actress)
Yvonne Sanson
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Birthdate: August 29, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: July 23, 2003
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Raoul Aslan
(Actor)
Raoul Aslan
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Birthdate: October 16, 1886
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: June 17, 1958
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Saint Cyril
(Theologian)
Saint Cyril
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0826 AD
Died: February 4, 0869
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Maurice Abravanel
(American Classical Music Conductor Best Known as the Longtime Music Director of the 'Utah Symphony Orchestra')
Maurice Abravanel
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 6, 1903
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: September 22, 1993

Greek-born composer Maurice Abravanel was forced to study medicine initially but later dropped out to focus on music. He became the youngest conductor of New York’s Metropolitan Opera and also served as the director of the Utah Symphony Orchestra for over 3 decades. He received countless honors, including the National Medal of Arts

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Demetrios Kydones
(Theologian)
Demetrios Kydones
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Birthdate: 1324 AD
Died: 1398 AD

Demetrios Kydones was a Byzantine Greek translator, theologian, statesman, and author. An influential personality, Kydones served three consecutive terms as Mesazon (Chancellor or Imperial Prime Minister) of the Byzantine Empire. He held the position under three emperors: John VI Kantakouzenos, Manuel II Palaiologos, and John V Palaiologos.

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Yiannis Boutaris
(Greek Politician)
Yiannis Boutaris
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini

Yiannis Boutaris is a Greek politician and businessman who served as the mayor of Thessaloniki from 2011 to 2019. Apart from an improvement in the infrastructure of the city, Boutaris' term as mayor also witnessed the establishment of ecological organizations like Arcturos. Yiannis Boutaris is also credited with creating the Kir-Yianni wine company.

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Evangelia Psarra
(Archer)
Evangelia Psarra
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Dionysis Savvopoulos
(Singer)
Dionysis Savvopoulos
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 2, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

While he initially studied law, Dionysis Savvopoulos soon dropped out to focus on music. The Thessaloniki-born singer hitchhiked to Athens and took up odd jobs, such as that of a nude model, to survive. Apart from his hit Greek folk/rock and rebetika tracks, he is also known for his political activism.

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Nikephoros Choumnos
(Scholar)
Nikephoros Choumnos
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1250 AD
Died: January 16, 1327
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Philotheus I of Constantinople
(Patriarch of Constantinople)
Philotheus I of Constantinople
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1300 AD
Died: 1379 AD

Philotheus I of Constantinople served as the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople between 1353 and 1376. He had two terms as the Ecumenical Patriarch; from 1353 to 1354 and again from 1364 to 1376. Philotheus I of Constantinople was also a prolific writer. As a hymn writer, he is remembered for composing services in commemoration of Saint Gregory Palamas.

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Dimosthenis Tampakos
(Greek Gymnast and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Dimosthenis Tampakos
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 12, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Matthew Blastares
(Byzantine monk)
Matthew Blastares
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1290 AD
Died: 1360 AD
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Prochoros Kydones
(Monk)
Prochoros Kydones
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1330 AD
Died: 1369 AD
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Demetrius Triclinius
(Scholar)
Demetrius Triclinius
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Birthdate: 1280 AD
Died: 1340 AD
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Elena Liva
(Greek Instagram Star)
Elena Liva
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Listed In: Instagram Stars
Birthdate: April 18, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
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Katrina Angeen
(Instagram Influencer)
Katrina Angeen
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Listed In: Instagram Stars
Birthdate: January 5, 1998
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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Konstantina Ampla
(YouTube Gaming Content, Vlogs, and Challenges Creator)
Konstantina Ampla
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Listed In: YouTubers
Birthdate: April 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Polyxeni Ferfeli
(Greek Model, Social Media Personality and Instagram Star)
Polyxeni Ferfeli
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Birthdate: March 28, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
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Nefeli Pontiki
(YouTube Content Creator on Feneli Channel)
Nefeli Pontiki
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Listed In: YouTubers
Birthdate: August 6, 2003
Sun Sign: Leo
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Christos Dimtsis
(TikTok POV Style Lip-sync Performer)
Christos Dimtsis
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Birthdate: July 2, 2003
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Theodosia Zournatzi
(Instagram Model and Lifestyle Photoblogger)
Theodosia Zournatzi
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Listed In: Instagram Stars
Birthdate: November 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio