Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi

Austrian politician

Date of Birth: 16-Nov-1894

Place of Birth: Tokyo City, Tokyo Prefecture

Date of Death: 27-Jul-1972

Profession: politician, political scientist, journalist, philosopher, geopolitician

Nationality: Austria, France

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

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About Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi

  • Richard Nikolaus Eijiro, Count of Coudenhove-Kalergi (16 November 1894 – 27 July 1972) was an Austrian-Japanese politician, philosopher and Count of Coudenhove-Kalergi.
  • A pioneer of European integration, he served as the founding president of the Paneuropean Union for 49 years.
  • His parents were Heinrich von Coudenhove-Kalergi, an Austro-Hungarian diplomat and Mitsuko Aoyama, the daughter of an oil merchant, antiques-dealer and major landowner in Tokyo.
  • His childhood name in Japan was Aoyama Eijiro.
  • He became a Czechoslovak citizen in 1919 and then took French nationality from 1939 until his death. His first book, Pan-Europa, was published in 1923 and contained a membership form for the Pan-Europa movement, which held its first Congress in 1926 in Vienna.
  • In 1927, Aristide Briand was elected honorary president of the Pan-Europa movement.
  • Public figures who attended Pan-Europa congresses included Albert Einstein, Thomas Mann and Sigmund Freud.Coudenhove-Kalergi was the first recipient of the Charlemagne Prize in 1950.
  • The 1972–1973 academic year at the College of Europe was named in his honour.
  • Coudenhove-Kalergi proposed Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" as the music for the European Anthem.
  • He also proposed a Europe Day, European postage stamp and many artifacts for the movement (e.g.
  • badges and pennants).

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