Apponyi de Nagy-Appony, Geraldine b. August 6, 1915 d. October 22, 2002 Queen of Albania. She married King Ahmet Zog I of the Albanians in 1938. The royal family was forced to leave the country in April 1939.after Albania was invaded by Italy. The Royal family lived on the French Riviera. Queen Geraldina return to Albania on June 28, 2002. where she died. (Bio by: Jelena) Sharra Cemetery, Tirana, Tirane, Albania
Hoxha, Enver b. October 16, 1908 d. April 11, 1985 Albanian Communist Leader. Enver Hoxha led the partisan resistance against Italian fascist occupation of Albania from 1939 to 1944. After Albania's liberation, Hoxha became head of that country's provisional government, and served as de facto head of state until his death. Initially a close ally of the Soviet Union, Hoxha broke with Moscow in 1961 and aligned Albania with Maoist China. These relations would also be strained when China opened to the United states in the 1970s, much to the...[Read More] (Bio by: Stuthehistoryguy) People's Cemetery, Tirana, Tirane, Albania
Koliqi, Cardinal. Mikel b. September 29, 1902 d. January 28, 1997 Roman Catholic Cardinal. ShkodrŽ born Mikel Koliqi received his initial studies at the Kolegjin Saverian until 1911, when due to the country's situation, he was sent to Italy, where he pursued his studies at the Collegio Arici of the Jesuit Fathers in Brescia. Entering the Collegio Vilorez of Monza in 1919, in 1924 he moved to Bergamo, Florence and Bari where he passed the final examinations in the technical institute. Entering the Polytechnical Institute of Milan, it was during this period...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Saint Stephen's Cathedral of ShkodrŽ, Shkoder, ShkodŽr, Albania Plot: Cathedral Crypt.
Skanderbeg, Gjergj Kastrioti b. May 6, 1405 d. December 4, 1466 Albanian Military Leader. He is considered the most prominent historical figure in all Albanian history. He is their national hero and known as the Dragon of Albania. He grew up in the town of Kruja during the 15th century. He excelled in his studies at the Ottoman military school and was awarded the Turkish title of Iskander Bey, or Lord Alexander. He distinguished himself in several battles in Asia Minor and Europe fighting the Greeks, Serbs and Hungarians. He was promoted to the rank of...[Read More] (Bio by: Tom Todd) Saint Nicholas Church, Lezhe, LezhŽ, Albania
Tashko-Koco, Tefta b. November 2, 1910 d. December 29, 1947 Opera Singer. A soprano, she was her country's best known singer over a relatively brief career. Born at Faiyum to an Albanian family, she was raised in Egypt until moving with her family to Korce, Albania, in 1921 and showed early evidence of musical talent. Sent to Montpellier, France, for training in 1927 she studied at the Paris Conservatory from 1932 until 1936 when she returned home. Tefta soon established a busy recital career while becoming a mainstay of Radio Tirana from its founding...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Sharra Cemetery, Tirana, Tirane, Albania