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32 Famous People You Didn’t Know Were Born in Ukraine

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Alla Nazimova
> Known as: Silent film star; founder of the legendary Garden of Allah hotel in Hollywood
> Birth year: 1879 (d. 1945)
> Birthplace: Yalta, Crimea, Russian Empire (now Ukraine, but illegally occupied and claimed by Russia in 2014)

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Leon Trotsky
> Known as: Key Bolshevik revolutionary, founder of the Red Army
> Birth year: 1879 (d. 1940)
> Birthplace: Yanovka (now Bereslavka, Ukraine)

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Anna Akhmatova
> Known as: Famed Russian poet and translator
> Birth year: 1889 (d. 1966)
> Birthplace: Odessa

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Mischa Elman
> Known as: Noted violinist with a career spanning more than 60 years
> Birth year: 1891 (d. 1967)
> Birthplace: Talne

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Sergei Prokofiev
> Known as: Composer (“Peter and the Wolf,” “Alexander Nevsky”)
> Birth year: 1891 (d. 1953)
> Birthplace: Sontsovka (now Sontsivka)

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