Romas Kalanta

1953 - 1972

Romas Kalanta

Romas Kalanta (22 February 1953 – 14 May 1972) was a 19-year-old Lithuanian high school student known for his public self-immolation protesting Soviet regime in Lithuania. Kalanta's death provoked the largest post-war riots in Lithuania and inspired similar self-immolations. In 1972 alone, 13 more people committed suicide by self-immolation.Kalanta became a symbol of the Lithuanian resistance throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Romas Kalanta has received more than 76,406 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 335th most popular social activist.

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Among social activists, Romas Kalanta ranks 334 out of 426Before him are Kamala Nehru, Amal Clooney, Osvaldo Hurtado, Samantha Smith, Natalya Estemirova, and Olga Lepeshinskaya. After him are Mumia Abu-Jamal, William Lloyd Garrison, Yagan, Marsha P. Johnson, Lucy Parsons, and Sakine Cansız.

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Among people born in 1953, Romas Kalanta ranks 202Before him are Robert Picardo, Patrick Doyle, Pamela Sue Martin, James Read, Pavel Vinogradov, and Robert Guédiguian. After him are Pat Benatar, Serginho Chulapa, Władysław Kozakiewicz, Thomas Friedman, Colleen Camp, and Aleksandr Abdulov. Among people deceased in 1972, Romas Kalanta ranks 140Before him are Edmund Wilson, Edward Calvin Kendall, Saul Alinsky, Charu Majumdar, Adriaan Fokker, and Kenny Dorham. After him are Sir George Thomas, 7th Baronet, Alexander Vampilov, Walter Lang, Cecil Day-Lewis, Edgar G. Ulmer, and Sidney Franklin.

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In Lithuania

Among people born in Lithuania, Romas Kalanta ranks 91 out of 171Before him are Vincas Krėvė-Mickevičius (1882), Henryk Gulbinowicz (1923), Artūras Paulauskas (1953), Saulius Skvernelis (1970), Władysław Komar (1940), and Pranas Dovydaitis (1886). After him are Mordecai Kaplan (1881), Władysław Kozakiewicz (1953), Šarūnas Jasikevičius (1976), Zigmantas Balčytis (1953), Donald Kagan (1932), and Bronislovas Lubys (1938).


Among social activists born in Lithuania, Romas Kalanta ranks 3Before him are Emma Goldman (1869) and Emilia Plater (1806).

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