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Budapest, Hungary

LOCATION

Population:
1,695,000 (2005)

SCHOOLS

SchoolFounded
University of Budapest
1636

BIRTHS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Eva Bartok
Actor
18-Jun-1927 1-Aug-1998 The Crimson Pirate
Georg von Békésy
Scientist
3-Jun-1899 13-Jun-1972 Mechanism of cochlear stimulation
László Bíró
Inventor
29-Sep-1899 24-Oct-1985 Ballpoint pen
Robert Capa
Photographer
22-Oct-1913 25-May-1954 War photographer
Ahna Capri
Actor
6-Jul-1944 19-Aug-2010 Enter the Dragon
Cicciolina
Pornstar
26-Nov-1951   Italian pornstar elected to parliament
Michael Curtiz
Film Director
24-Dec-1886 10-Apr-1962 Casablanca
Tamás Darnyi
Swimmer
3-Jun-1967   Medley swimmer, four Olympic Gold Medals
Antal Doráti
Conductor
9-Apr-1906 13-Nov-1988 Conductor, Minneapolis Symphony, 1949-60
Steffi Duna
Actor
8-Feb-1910 22-Apr-1992 Hungarian-American character actress
Paul Erdos
Mathematician
26-Mar-1913 20-Sep-1996 Loved only numbers
Péter Esterházy
Author
14-Apr-1950   Celestial Harmonies
William J. Fellner
Economist
31-May-1905 15-Sep-1983 Council of Economic Advisers, 1973-75
Dennis Gabor
Physicist
5-Jun-1900 8-Feb-1979 Inventor of holography
Eva Gabor
Actor
11-Feb-1919 4-Jul-1995 Green Acres
Magda Gabor
Actor
11-Jun-1914 6-Jun-1997 The least-known Gabor
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Actor
6-Feb-1917   Cop-slapping Gabor sister
Andy Grove
Business
2-Sep-1936   CEO of Intel, 1987-98
Mickey Hargitay
Actor
6-Jan-1926 14-Sep-2006 Bloody Pit of Horror
John C. Harsanyi
Economist
29-May-1920 9-Aug-2000 Game theory
Theodor Herzl
Activist
2-May-1860 3-Jul-1904 Lead Zionist
Paul Hörbiger
Actor
29-Apr-1894 5-Mar-1981 Liebelei
Gyula Horn
Head of State
5-Jul-1932   Prime Minister of Hungary, 1994-98
Harry Houdini
Magician
24-Mar-1874 31-Oct-1926 Best-known magician and debunker
George Kaczender
Film Director
19-Apr-1933   In Praise of Older Women
Nicholas Kaldor
Economist
12-May-1908 30-Sep-1986 An Expenditure Tax
Theodore von Kármán
Mathematician
11-May-1881 7-May-1963 Kármán vortices
Imre Kertész
Author
9-Nov-1929   Holocaust survivor, literature Nobel
István Kertész
Conductor
28-Aug-1929 16-Apr-1973 Hungarian operatic conductor
Arthur Koestler
Author
3-Sep-1905 3-Mar-1983 Darkness at Noon
Nicholas Kurti
Physicist
14-May-1908 24-Nov-1998 Molecular gastronomy
Tom Lantos
Politician
1-Feb-1928 11-Feb-2008 Congressman from California, 1981-2008
Paul Lukas
Actor
26-May-1887 15-Aug-1971 Watch on the Rhine
Karl Mannheim
Sociologist
27-Mar-1893 9-Jan-1947 Ideology and Utopia
Andrew Marton
Film Director
26-Jan-1904 7-Jan-1992 Directed chariot race in Ben-Hur
Ilona Massey
Actor
16-Jun-1910 20-Aug-1974 Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
Peter Medak
Film Director
23-Dec-1937   Romeo Is Bleeding
Ferenc Molnár
Playwright
12-Jan-1878 1-Apr-1952 The Paul Street Boys
Peter Munk
Business
8-Nov-1927   Founder of Barrick Gold
George A. Olah
Chemist
22-May-1927   Isolated carbonium ions
Eugene Ormandy
Conductor
18-Nov-1899 12-Mar-1985 Music Director, Philadelphia Orchestra, 1938-80
Tommy Ramone
Drummer
29-Jan-1952   Original drummer for The Ramones
Fritz Reiner
Conductor
19-Dec-1888 15-Nov-1963 Music Director, Chicago Symphony, 1953-62
Erno Rubik
Inventor
13-Jul-1944   Rubik's Cube
S. Z. Sakall
Actor
2-Feb-1884 12-Feb-1955 Casablanca
Catherine Schell
Actor
17-Jul-1944   Maya on Space: 1999
Jean Schwartz
Songwriter
4-Nov-1878 30-Nov-1956 Chinatown, My Chinatown
Ignaz Semmelweis
Doctor
1-Jul-1818 13-Aug-1865 Pioneer of antiseptics
Charles Simonyi
Computer Programmer
10-Sep-1948   Hungarian notation
Georg Solti
Conductor
21-Oct-1912 5-Sep-1997 Chicago Symphony Orchestra
George Soros
Business
12-Aug-1930   Financial speculator
Maria Stader
Singer
5-Nov-1911 27-Apr-1999 Operatic soprano, specialty Mozart
Gabor Szabo
Jazz Musician
8-Mar-1936 26-Feb-1982 Innovative jazz guitarist
István Szabó
Film Director
18-Feb-1938   Being Julia
Thomas Szasz
Psychiatrist
15-Apr-1920 8-Sep-2012 Libertarian psychiatrist
George Szell
Conductor
7-Jun-1897 30-Jul-1970 Conductor, Cleveland Orchestra, 1946-70
Albert Szent-Györgyi
Scientist
16-Sep-1893 22-Oct-1986 Vitamins C and B2
Edward Teller
Physicist
15-Jan-1908 9-Sep-2003 Father of the Hydrogen Bomb
Charles Vidor
Film Director
27-Jul-1900 4-Jun-1959 A Farewell to Arms
John von Neumann
Mathematician
28-Dec-1903 8-Feb-1957 Computing pioneer, inventor of Game Theory
Eugene Wigner
Physicist
17-Nov-1902 1-Jan-1995 Law of conservation of parity

DEATHS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Ferenc Deák
Politician
17-Oct-1803 28-Jan-1876 Architected Austria-Hungary union
Zoltán Kodály
Composer
16-Dec-1882 6-Mar-1967 Psalmus Hungaricus
Imre Nagy
Head of State
7-Jun-1896 16-Jun-1958 Twice Prime Minister of Hungary
Gabor Szabo
Jazz Musician
8-Mar-1936 26-Feb-1982 Innovative jazz guitarist
Ede Szigligeti
Playwright
8-Mar-1814 19-Jan-1878 Leading Hungarian dramatist



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