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Jonas Basanavičius

Lithuanian activist

Died when: 75 years 85 days (902 months)
Star Sign: Sagittarius


Jonas Basanavičius

Jonas Basanavičius ( pronunciation , Polish: Jan Basanowicz; 23 November 1851 – 16 February 1927) was an activist and proponent of Lithuanian National Revival and founder of the first Lithuanian language newspaper Aušra.

He was one of the initiators and the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the 1905 Great Seimas of Vilnius.He was also the founder and chairman of the Lithuanian Scientific Society (1907).

As a member of the Council of Lithuania, he was a signatory of the Act of Independence of Lithuania on February 16, 1918.Basanavičius participated in every major event leading to the independent Lithuanian state and is often given the unique informal honorific title of the "Patriarch of the Nation" (Lithuanian: tautos patriarchas) for his contributions.

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