Romas Kalanta

1953 - 1972

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Romas Kalanta (22 February 1953 – 14 May 1972) was a 19-year-old Lithuanian high school student who killed himself by self-immolation in an act of protest against the Soviet regime in Lithuania. His death provoked the largest post-war riots in Lithuania and inspired similar self-immolations. In 1972, 13 more people committed suicide by self-immolation. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Romas Kalanta has received more than 163,291 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Romas Kalanta is the 441st most popular social activist (down from 405th in 2019), the 121st most popular biography from Lithuania (down from 120th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Lithuanian Social Activist.

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Among social activists, Romas Kalanta ranks 441 out of 840Before him are Anna Louise Strong, Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, Ahmed Lutfi el-Sayed, Sugathakumari, Pjetër Arbnori, and Cesar Chavez. After him are Grace Sherwood, Lee Radziwill, Estela de Carlotto, Donald Watson, Henriette Herz, and William Lloyd Garrison.

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Among people born in 1953, Romas Kalanta ranks 240Before him are Ching Siu-tung, Dalila Di Lazzaro, Neda Arnerić, Eleonora Giorgi, Pavel Vinogradov, and Pertti Karppinen. After him are Bruce Kulick, Alex Van Halen, Charles Martin Smith, Joseph Augustus Zarelli, Hisako, Princess Takamado, and Patrick Doyle. Among people deceased in 1972, Romas Kalanta ranks 151Before him are Balys Dvarionas, Max Fleischer, Erwin Stresemann, Vera Karalli, Markos Vamvakaris, and Bernabé Ferreyra. After him are Roger Courtois, Jessie Royce Landis, Mitchell Leisen, Prithviraj Kapoor, Johann Leopold, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and Jan Wils.

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In Lithuania

Among people born in Lithuania, Romas Kalanta ranks 121 out of 328Before him are Vincas Mickevičius-Kapsukas (1880), Iosif Grigulevich (1913), Michał Elwiro Andriolli (1836), Oskar Minkowski (1858), Osip Senkovsky (1800), and Osip Piatnitsky (1882). After him are Justinas Marcinkevičius (1930), Antanas Baranauskas (1835), Aušra Augustinavičiūtė (1927), Maironis (1862), Steponas Darius (1896), and Žemaitė (1845).


Among social activists born in Lithuania, Romas Kalanta ranks 5Before him are Emma Goldman (1869), Emilia Plater (1806), Klara Zamenhof (1863), and Iosif Grigulevich (1913).